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Old 08-16-21, 10:04 PM
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vintage road shoes

I would like to find some leather road shoes litke the old Vittoria ones that are used with toe clips and straps for my vintage bikes.
Any still being made ?
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Old 08-16-21, 10:35 PM
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Vintage 1980s Cycling shoes for toe clips

This comes up every now and then. Short answer is there are a few being made but they're often unavailable and expensive.
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Old 08-16-21, 10:44 PM
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Vintage 1980s Cycling shoes for toe clips

This comes up every now and then. Short answer is there are a few being made but they're often unavailable and expensive.

Thanks for the info from the thread. After seeing the prices (ouch) I think I will use what I have now.
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What size are you? There's a few pairs here that aren't astronomically priced: https://www.recycleandbicycle.co.uk/...e-retro-shoes/

Planet X apparently have the Holdsworth Roughstuff on special occasionally, but they don't seem to be available at the moment.

Otherwise keep your eye out for second hand Detto Pietros or Sidis - condition and price varies dramatically.

Hmmm...you have asked this in the past: Classic Road Shoes
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I've only ridden 1970s era Detto Pietros, which were excellent. The uppers were so soft you'd be tempted to ride without socks, but I wore the thinnest socks I could find, usually women's socks. Remarkably durable for such thin, soft leather. When I sold them 30 years later, after indifferent storage in a non-air conditioned barn, they were still in great shape, pliable, no cracking, despite a thin coating of mildew that brushed off easily.

Wish I'd kept 'em. If I ever get a hankering for old school shoes again I'll get another pair of Dettos.

Recently Adidas introduced a clipless shoe (3-bolt road type only, I think) that has a nice retro vibe, although the pronounced 3-stripe graphics look very Adidas. Price was around $120, I think, about the same as their better running shoes.
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https://dromarti.com/products/classic-flat-sole

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Thanks for the info guys. I posted this question three years ago on this forum. Sorry, I forgot. (a common occurance at my age, haha) I wear a size 44 with my Sidi's
with cleats. I was thinking about trying them after removing the cleats but I doubt they would work very well with the hard plastic bottoms. Oh well........... I will look some more, thanks for the ideas. My wife suggested I take the Sidi's to a show repair shop and see if could replace the sole with leather. Probably cost more than just getting a
new pair
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This topic could probably be a sticky. The shoe question definitely come up often enough.
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Beautiful, but those cost more than my entire shoe collection, plus a bike or two.
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I found these on EBAY. What do you think ?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/29182999106...wAAOSw0fhXmMtp
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Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Thanks for the info guys. I posted this question three years ago on this forum. Sorry, I forgot. (a common occurance at my age, haha) I wear a size 44 with my Sidi's
with cleats. I was thinking about trying them after removing the cleats but I doubt they would work very well with the hard plastic bottoms. Oh well........... I will look some more, thanks for the ideas. My wife suggested I take the Sidi's to a show repair shop and see if could replace the sole with leather. Probably cost more than just getting a
new pair
you could glue a thin rubber sole to the Sidi's. A show shop could do that easy. or if you are diy search amazon for rubber sole
would be less slippery to walk on and should work with pedals and straps
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop View Post
This topic could probably be a sticky. The shoe question definitely come up often enough.
Good plan!

And while you're at it, get one for wool jerseys, too.
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Has anyone inserted a thin, slightly flexible piece of plastic into a set of skateboarding type shoes? One could glue it to the insole and have a passable cycling shoe.

Thinking outside of the box
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For a more content-rich response, my strategy WRT cycling shoes.

Sneakers
I don't like having to change clothes or shoes just for a ride after work. Sneakers work well with toeclips and straps for casual touring, as long as they confirm to two criteria:
  • soles need to be stiff enough
  • the uppers must not get stuck when pulling out (awkward!)
My choice for the past five years or so have been these Pantofolo d'Oro shoes. Nice shoes, on and off the bike. Currently on my second pair:




Touring
When I plan to go touring I usually put on a pair of casual shorts and dedicated touring shoes. Currently the Holdsworth Roughstuffs are my favorites. The light brown color is less formal:



Events
At L'Eroica and such a more formal attire is needed, and I wear a pair of black Italian shoes. No idea of the brand, but they are great:




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Looks like you can still get leather cycling shoes from William Lennon for about $115: https://www.rufflander.co.uk/shop/he...ro-cycle-shoe/
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
you could glue a thin rubber sole to the Sidi's. A show shop could do that easy. or if you are diy search amazon for rubber sole
would be less slippery to walk on and should work with pedals and straps

Thanks for the ideas. I will look into it. I have two pair of Sidi's for cleats. Don't need two.
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I'd go with Detto Pietro's. They are what many of us rode with back then and are period correct. They even have leather soles that you'll need to go to a shoemaker to attach the cleats. That's how they came in the day. Don't try to do it yourself.

These should do. My Detto's back in the day looked just like these in 1975:
https://www.dettopietro.com/en/scheda_prodotto.php?ID=6
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Thanks for the ideas. I will look into it. I have two pair of Sidi's for cleats. Don't need two.
I had been looking for classic shoes half heartedly for a while with little luck then a few months ago a Bottecchia that came with a pile of extras had a pair.

Protective soles and heals added make them very useful for all my riding with clips and straps only, no fugly clipless for me.

Not cheap but very tough and work great, recommend finding a cobbler that is familiar with cycling at least.



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I had been looking for classic shoes half heartedly for a while with little luck then a few months ago a Bottecchia that came with a pile of extras had a pair.

Protective soles and heals added make them very useful for all my riding with clips and straps only, no fugly clipless for me.

Not cheap but very tough and work great, recommend finding a cobbler that is familiar with cycling at least.




Those look great ! I like the built up soles.
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Those look great ! I like the built up soles.
They are standard fare for good shoes that you want to look good and last a long time. I have worn cowboy boots for dress for a long time, always get these put on for toughness, traction and support and while I don't wear them often, the pair I have now are probably 15-18 years old and with a fresh edge dressing they look brand new still.

They wear like iron and reinforce what ever they are on.
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Beautiful, but those cost more than my entire shoe collection, plus a bike or two.
For what they are, hand made full grain leather, I think they're a very fair price.

I do like the shoes that were coming out in the early-mid 80's like the ones below and I wish someone would make some like that.




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Old 08-18-21, 01:52 AM
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These are pretty nice as well if you want to order from Europe. Naturally my size is the one they don't have in stock.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/29382811885...Cclp%3A2334524

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