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Old 08-25-11, 06:24 PM
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White Shoes

Have you noticed that 90% of the riders in the Vuelta are wearing white shoes. The Giro was the same...I missed The Tour. What's the deal? 90% of cycling shoes sold are black. Just curious!
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Old 08-25-11, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
Have you noticed that 90% of the riders in the Vuelta are wearing white shoes. The Giro was the same...I missed The Tour. What's the deal? 90% of cycling shoes sold are black. Just curious!
These guys often get special versions of the manufacturers highest end cycling shoe. I imagine that the shoes are mostly white, yellow or red to stand out on television so the shoe gets noticed, while the consumer versions are usually black.
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White shoes/socks have always been a tradition of the peloton, similar to a Wimbledon I guess. It wasn't until recent years, especially with Lance Armstrong, did black shoes/socks and other colors (yellow mavics for example) become popular in the peloton.

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Not always. For a time all shoes were black except Times and those blue Sidis. LA copied the black sock trend from basketball/football.
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Originally Posted by Creatre View Post
White shoes/socks have always been a tradition of the peloton, similar to a Wimbledon I guess. It wasn't until recent years, especially with Lance Armstrong, did black shoes/socks and other colors (yellow mavics for example) become popular in the peloton.
Funny thing about Armstrong's shoes. I saw some article and they were believed to be custom Rockets with a big Nike symbol sewed on them. Nike hasn't even made cycling shoes for a few years now.
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