My 13-year-old has somehow become a sneaker freaker, which is no small feat for a kid without a regular paycheck. I find pairs of small shoes littered by the front door or kicked off by the couch, where I trip over them. He takes a keener interest in the weather now, so he doesn’t ruin his investment. So that’s something.
A friend of mine was guessing, just today, that shoe fetishism was coming to cycling, if it’s not already here. Our friends at Giro have been releasing limited edition shoes in all manner of cool colors and patterns, like these and these, which are even co-branded with these purveyors of cool.
It’s happening. Or it’s trying to happen. This is not judgement. It’s just reporting.
And I am not immune to the charms of a great shoe, or even a stylish one. The last pair of road shoes I bought are white, WHITE!, a color I previously would have disdained as too Euro and too hard to keep clean. My former philosophy was that you could wear any shoes you wanted as long as they were black Sidis. Black Sidis are still cool.
The horrifying truth that underlies all this style over substance is that different shoes suit different feet. Padraig, for example, like high volume shoes, cause he has high volume feet. My feet are more conventional. My wife needs a narrower fit. And I tend to think that it’s even more important to get the right footwear when that footwear is more like a piece of equipment than what you wear to the grocery store (unless you’re click-clacking through produce in a pair of black Sidis).
This week’s Group Ride asks, where are you on the cycling shoe fetish spectrum? How often are you buying new shoes? What do you like? What do you hate? And what, beyond style, makes a great shoe great?