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Who still has shoes with velcro

Old 02-24-16, 09:01 AM
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Who still has shoes with velcro

My two year-old Lakes have Boas that broke, fixed them but now I don't trust them anymore. I went back to shoes with velcro. I don't want to DNF a race because of a broken Boa or have one break in the middle of a long ride. I got myself some Lake cx160s and they feel awesome with infinite adjustability with the velcros. I always hated the way the Boa was either too tight or too loose.

I was thinking, is there anyone else like me who wants velcros in a shoe in 2016?
Cx160 are cheap, nice and seem durable but do you have suggestions for any lighter, higher end shoes with velcros anymore? Can't find too many.
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Old 02-24-16, 09:07 AM
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Laces are the thing in 2016.
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There are tons of options in shoe closures. I like Velcro but over a few years it sometimes loses its strength or the Velcro separates from the straps. I swear by my Sidi Genius which use a slide buckle strap and two Velcro straps. Look around and I am sure you will find a closure option that works best for you. Many folks love the boa but I agree that if it breaks you are screwed.
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I currently use Specialized Elite Road shoes. They were my first pair and utilize Velcro and on the top is a buckle. Combining the two is great and I really like the buckle for consistency.
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I hate velcro. Won't buy it in a bike shoe at all. Laces are great. Boa has been great for me too. No breakage yet.
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I run custom shoes with one buckle and two velcro straps. I prefer it to BOA.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
There are tons of options in shoe closures. I like Velcro but over a few years it sometimes loses its strength or the Velcro separates from the straps. I swear by my Sidi Genius which use a slide buckle strap and two Velcro straps. Look around and I am sure you will find a closure option that works best for you. Many folks love the boa but I agree that if it breaks you are screwed.
I agree datlas about the Sidi Genius Love mine
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Old 02-24-16, 09:52 AM
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I have the Giro Prolights and they are freaking awesome. The velcro closures are designed as such that they doesn't have the failings of cheaper shoes. The D-rings sort of "cascade" in their lateral allignment as you go down the foot. Compare it to their Treble road shoes where all the D-rings are in a straight row on the inside of the foot. I once had a cheaper Specialized shoe similar to the Treble design and that velcro did wander over longer rides. No such issues with the Prolights. Everythign stays put and the fit is great. That and they are stupid light. I love them.

I also have the Giro Repulics for commuting, which are the SPD versions of the Empires. Those also work really well.

I'm basically never ever going to buy a shoe with a ratcheting anything ever again. They are basically guaranteed failure points in my opinion.
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Old 02-24-16, 09:57 AM
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I've removed the velcro straps from two of my shoes and installed grommets, then run laces. Most comfortable shoes ever. (Tool and grommets cost $10. That plus laces is the total cost.)

I did this after years of foot issues after I put my custom fix gear with its toeclips and straps together. (I love climbing and I love doing it fixed. Fix gear climbing is the ultimate test of shoe fit, especially along the top of the shoe and how it sits on the bones.) Straps can cause real pressure points if you have bony feel like I do. I was having to choose as I rode between having them tight enough that it felt like it was tryig to break the bones or loosening them and running into toe issues including a run with an infection requiring and ER visit and injected antibiotics. Laces mold to foot contours wonderfully. A shoe with a last that matches your foot and laces can be a fit and ride that is sublime. (My old Pumas in the '70s, my cheap Lakes w/ laces installed now.)

Straps, BOAs, buckles - the goal is for ultimate fit and comfort. Laces do that. They are easy to use, reliable and cheap. A no-brainer. Drawbacks? Well they do require a little real attention when you lace them up. You won't be adjusting them as you ride. (Now,if you ride fixed, none of the systems are adjustable! Laces are far more forgiving of poor starting adjustment ridden for hours.)

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Old 02-24-16, 10:32 AM
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Guilty of the Velcro shoe thing. Wearing a pair right now and they aren't even cycling shoes.
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Old 02-24-16, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
Laces are the thing in 2016.
Yeah, I've got to try laces at some point. People have been raving about them so there's got to be something about them
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Old 02-24-16, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
I have the Giro Prolights and they are freaking awesome. The velcro closures are designed as such that they doesn't have the failings of cheaper shoes. The D-rings sort of "cascade" in their lateral allignment as you go down the foot. Compare it to their Treble road shoes where all the D-rings are in a straight row on the inside of the foot. I once had a cheaper Specialized shoe similar to the Treble design and that velcro did wander over longer rides. No such issues with the Prolights. Everythign stays put and the fit is great. That and they are stupid light. I love them.

I also have the Giro Repulics for commuting, which are the SPD versions of the Empires. Those also work really well.

I'm basically never ever going to buy a shoe with a ratcheting anything ever again. They are basically guaranteed failure points in my opinion.
Wow, I've got to try the Prolights! Not cheap, though...
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Both work for me - velcro and ratcheting Sidi style. My Genius 5 road shoes use both as do the mountain bike Dominators. Same for the winter Hydro shoes. My Northwave mountain bike shoes are velcro only and no a problem with them. Same for my Fizike light weight road shoes.
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Guilty of the Velcro shoe thing. Wearing a pair right now and they aren't even cycling shoes.
Please tell me that you don't wear calf high socks with tevas and shorts as well.

I wear Serfa Podiums and they have 2 velcro straps and one ratcheting. I have to say that they are inexpensive and hold up. I do not race but I do a reasonable amount of mileage a year on them.
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
I hate velcro. Won't buy it in a bike shoe at all. Laces are great. Boa has been great for me too. No breakage yet.
+1 for BOA...
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I have the fi'zi:k Uomo shoes with velcro and a buckle. I like them, and have used similar systems for the last decade. I am very tempted by laces, though. I never adjust my shoes once they're on, and would really like the ability to vary pressure along the length of the closure.
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Old 02-24-16, 11:45 AM
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The old Bont A3 is the best example of use of Velcro closure I've ever seen or used; the lower two straps loop, while the upper is just a flap. I imagine it's aero, with no buckle or wheel sticking up! I love mine.

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Never tried the boa thing, but I always thought it looked pretty cool. I like ratchets, but I always felt like they were going to break easily because everything is plastic.
Picked up a pair of these Vittoria 1976 throw back shoes:

The warehouse for Vittoria USA is close to me so I went and tried them on. So nice. They are all made in Italy, so I was able to order them in wide which fits my feet perfectly. I was skeptical about laces at first, but they just worked so well. And I can't deny that look.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
I run custom shoes with one buckle and two velcro straps. I prefer it to BOA.
Same here on my Garneaus. Buckle at the ankle where it matters, and the 2 lower are velcro. Good setup.
It allows to me to adjust the ankle tightly, while still leaving the toes loose.
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman View Post
Please tell me that you don't wear calf high socks with tevas and shorts as well.
Of course not. Well, not today anyway.
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No experience with the Boa system here yet. I read here on BF that some folks say to make sure that the ratchet wheel is free moving. Also they clean and/or use some sort of lube on them or the wire lace. Have only had shoes with the two velcro straps and the plastic ratchet strap at the top. Retired an old pair of Specialized Pro shoes last season. Replaced them with Bont A-three and like them just as much.

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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Of course not. Well, not today anyway.
I live in Florida. That is actually not an unusual site. But I do agree, it is an awful style.(I use that term lightly)
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Originally Posted by Vinnems View Post
Picked up a pair of these Vittoria 1976 throw back shoes. So nice. They are all made in Italy, so I was able to order them in wide which fits my feet perfectly. I was skeptical about laces at first, but they just worked so well. And I can't deny that look.
They look fabulous. How much did they charge for them? They remind me of my first pair of cycling shoes. Anyone remember Detto Pietro? I remember having to nail in the plastic cleats after riding then for a while without cleats to get a mark. Probably showing my age now...

Edit: Saw them on Amazon for $170. Would also get the white if I needed to replace my shoes.

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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
They look fabulous. How much did they charge for them? They remind me of my first pair of cycling shoes. Anyone remember Detto Pietro? I remember having to nail in the plastic cleats after riding then for a while without cleats to get a mark. Probably showing my age now...

Edit: Saw them on Amazon for $170. Would also get the white if I needed to replace my shoes.
I'm paying $200 shipped direct from Vitorria, as the wide isn't a size they stock so its a little extra. I went with nylon sole, but it does come in a carbon version.
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Look for triathlon cycling shoes.

In a triathlon you don't have time to fiddle about getting a buckle in. I've done a few Tris this year and luckily I have an old pair of shimano Velcro shoes which I used. I wouldn't want to be using my newer ones with their buckle system.

Of course, back in the day all shoes were laced. Velcro became popular because you can adjust it on the fly. This meant racers could have a comfortable amount of pressure during the race but then tighten up their shoes for the final sprint. The bucle and boa systems make this on the road adjustment even easier.
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