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Old 10-11-07, 11:47 PM
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Wood-soled shoes

How uncomfortable are these for longer rides? I know they're meant primarily for track racing, but did/does anyone ride these on the road? I don't want to just torture myself...
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no they were not just for trackies, back before good plastic ("carbon") soled shoes were available, there were many road riders using wooden soles.I had a pair of Duegis with wood I was very proud of...but they were NOT forgiving or built for comfort, the stiff sole was made to transmit power to the pedals. I think getting a good fit is very important, and if you have any foot health issues, it will probably aggravate them.
Edit: I should have said: not comfortable for *walking*, or even just standing, but fine for the purpose intended on the pedals.

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Old 10-11-07, 11:59 PM
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I was under the impression that most road shoes were leather soled, thanks for clearing that up. I'm new to the vintage shoe scene.
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My wood-soled Duegis were the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. I also had a pair of Dettos that were nice.

I wonder if wood weighs less than carbon...
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kangaroo skin and wooden soles. I still have those shoes around somewhere, but they don't seem to fit like they usta...
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I still have my wood-soled Duegis. I keep hoping my feet will shrink...
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I was in a bike shop in Philadephia in 1991 and this very tall Philly policeman was looking at the shoe display and commented "What's with all the clown shoes? Don't you have any black leather bike shoes?" The proprietor said he had just the shoe he was looking for, got a ladder and pulled a dusty box off the top shelf and in it was a pair of Deugi's with wooden inner soles, in my size. Discounted to $35 since you couldn't mount Look cleats to them. The cop wasn't interested in them so I eagerly bought them and I've been wearing them ever since. I now have a second pair to keep in rotation.

They are very comfortable for road riding but not for walking. The leather polishes up very nice for dress up occasions. I've tried other modern bike shoes but nothing beats the comfort and elegance of old leather bike shoes.
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Seems like a few of us still have our wood-soled Duegis. Mine were great 20 years ago (it couldn't have been 30 years, could it?), but my feet seem to have spread over the years and I can only wear the old Duegis for about ten miles before they hurt. I keep them, just in case.
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Seems like a few of us still have our wood-soled Duegis....
I still have mine, and wear them regularly. Tomorrow, I will ride a century in them.
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