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cycling shoes: why so ugly?

Old 12-11-05, 05:32 AM
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cycling shoes: why so ugly?

There is only one pair of cycling shoes I've found that I liked. The rest, are ugly.
Why can't we have more normal looking cycling shoes?
I'm not racing the tour de france, i don't need bright colors. I'm just riding around town, to and from work, or maybe on a long ride somewhere.
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Just the shoes! The whole shabang for us cyclists are ugly, clashing and loud (in terms of color, not the whole lycra thing--I like that). That's why I buy the cheap plain stuff from Performance. I have no idea why one of the latest fashion crazes are the "biker" style shoes made by Skechers and other trendy companies.
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I had the same trouble finding decent looking cycling shoes. Most of em are a flashy light show.
Have you looked at Specialized? Theres a specialized dealer near here, and they have a lot of shoes that look normal. My Sonomas look almost casual
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My non cycling clothing is all non flashy no frills type of clothing. Nothing is ever in style since I stick with the classics and could care less about what is in or out.
I have been looking at cycling shoes and have the same issue. Too many colors, too silly looking, etc. Road shoes seem to be afflicted by this more than mountain shoes.
Specialized looks fairly nice and dealers in CO carry them. When the time is right I will start with these shoes.
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Old 12-11-05, 08:58 PM
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I have a pair of Nike AGS mtn bike shoes and they look just like brown hiking boots. They're ankle high and lace up. I like the protection they provide around my ankles, but they're quite heavy. I also have a pair of Axo mtn bike shoes (not sure which model, maybe Cortina). They're black w/navy blue accent, very conservative for a bike shoe. Lace up with a single velcro stap. Both pair are a couple of years old though, and the flashier ones do seem to be more popular these days. Take your time and shop around for discontinued models. Some of the on line shops usually have a good selection of plain styles. They're usually the less expensive ones. The less expensive ones usually have a more flexable sole also, which is great if plan on doing any walking in them.

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Originally Posted by koine2002
The whole shabang for us cyclists are ugly, clashing and loud (in terms of color, not the whole lycra thing--I like that). That's why I buy the cheap plain stuff from Performance.
+1!!!! The plainer the better - no crazy designs with loud colors and obnoxious logos. I'm happier with plain black shorts/tights and a plain jersey on top. As far as shoes go, I don't mind if they look like "cycling shoes" as long as they're not loud or bright silver.

If you like plain shoes, what about these (and cheap too!)?
womens:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm

mens:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm
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Black with a touch of silver does the trick for me.

I wear them all the time .... love the damn things
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i'm glad others agree.
My friend has a pair of dark grey/black shimanos. I like those. I might pick them up. But I'm always skeptical on dropping $90 on something i'm not going to use all the time. oh well. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Plain brown MTB shoes for me.
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i found some black shimanos sdis' today for $80. I think i'll pick those up.
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Originally Posted by curt in denver
Plain brown MTB shoes for me.
Yeah. This is sort of similar to another thread I started yesterday, Road v Mtn shoes. In addition to being easier for walking, there seem to be more mtn shoes that look more or less like a typical shoe. I have a pair of Answer Talvera (I think they're no longer made) that are black and red, and look pretty much like a normal shoe. They're starting to worn down, so I'm looking at getting a brown/tan Sette Enduro from pricepoint.
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UGH! no kidding! i soooo wanted mountain bike shoes when i first started riding.... at least they have a few cute ones! but hubby, smartly, wouldn't let me... i ended up with specialized WSD's... not too bad... i just got their pro carbon's to go with my new bike.. again.. not too bad.. black with a touch of silver....

i did get cute mountain bike shoes (again from specialized)... they have cute pink stitching (i'm such a gurl!)
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I have these, $40 from Performance. I wear them all over...

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The ugly shoes help balance out the attractive headgear.
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if cycling shoes looked more fashionable we might be mistaken for bowlers
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I get stuck with a double whamy. Many times the only shoes that will fit are seriously ugly, with a U. I'm looking for shoes right now and I can't seem to find a good fit. I normally wear a size 12 EEE. But the only bike shoes that seem to fit are size 14. My dealer has ordered me a pair just to try on. They are only minorly ugly. And my bowling shoes do look much better than most cycling shoes.
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Old 12-15-05, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by velonomad
if cycling shoes looked more fashionable we might be mistaken for bowlers
I suspect that's what cycling shoes would look like if they were rentals.
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Originally Posted by joshm
i'm glad others agree.
My friend has a pair of dark grey/black shimanos. I like those. I might pick them up. But I'm always skeptical on dropping $90 on something i'm not going to use all the time. oh well. Thanks for the suggestions!
Amortize the cost over a few years and it works out pretty darn well...

My first bike shoes lasted about 5 years... they had nail on cleats, they were Sidi sports.

The shoes I am wearing now have lasted about 10 years, although I have replaced the cleats quite a number of times. That works out to about 12 bucks a year... pretty darn cheap in that light.

Yeah, they too are low key dark blue shoes with black trim.
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What's "normal" (Beauty's in the eye of the beholder and there's nothing pretty about that)? In the early 80's, BATA "Bikers" were baby blue, and a lot of folks said, "Yea, something other than black!"

If you mean traditional, then it's relatively easy to find black shoes, black shorts (even wool), and muted solid color jerseys (Personally, I mostly wear light colored Coolmax T-shirts that are always being closed out for next to nothing somewhere).
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For me the question is not why so ugly, but why so skinny.
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Originally Posted by DCCommuter
For me the question is not why so ugly, but why so skinny.
Amen!
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Originally Posted by DCCommuter
For me the question is not why so ugly, but why so skinny.
I wonder when the shoe makers are going to realize that us baby boomers get wider feet as we get older?
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Oakley Radar Locks look super slick.

I have the Performance Traverse II mountain shoes, and they look pretty normal as well, with exception to all the reflective junk on them.
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