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Old 11-25-09, 01:55 PM
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Vintage Detto shoes?

I'm interested in trying out some vintage shoes and the Dettos look great and seem fairly available on eBay. Would these be a bad idea to use for commuting / general use without the cleats? Just how stiff are the soles?

The old Vittoria's also piqued my interest.

Any wisdom would be much appreciated!
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I still have my old Dettos from my toe clip days. Probably 1983ish. The sole is rock hard, almost no flex. There is no traction without the cleat. Slick plastic.
They do fit my feet perfectly, and have lasted for many years.
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I sold Detto Pietro shoes and also agree that the soles are rock hard-no flex. You can't use them without cleats-or if you do, at your own risk.
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If you want a shoe for commuting look for something like the Avocet shoes or the beta bikers.
I recently bought a pair of the Avocets for $20, maybe they would have been more if they weren't
Miami Vice pastel blue. . . either way they are comfortable, have a good sole for walking and are
ridged enough that they hold onto a pedal without cleats, something Detto's won't do (sans cleats).

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As mentioned Not without the cleats. you might as well get some florsheim dress shoes 2 sizes too small. Dettos were the economy brand and I would look for some Sidi or Duegi shoes also plentiful on Ebay. In fact - if you are a size 43 I have a pair of Sidi titanium that I could part with for an easy sum.
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