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Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by onewheeling, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. onewheeling

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    I am trying to locate a good pair of shoes for unicycling. I realize
    that a lot of unicyclist use skater shoes but I am very hesitant to
    wear them. Just never like the look. What else is there for options in
    shoes? I was considering some high top Chuck Taylors. Any imput would
    help.


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  2. muzzle

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    SKATE SHOES!!! if you like your feet you will NOT wear chucks!
    I learned this the hard way... I mean it really does depend on your
    riding. What kind of riding do you plan on doing?


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  3. markf

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    unicyclistben wrote:
    > i loved the look of the 05 661 dualys. but i was to cheep to buy um,
    > even though i get them at cost. now the 06 ones look like crap so all
    > i have is my worn out ks swis with literalty 2 millameters of tread
    > left on them




    you're a fool. they're great shoes. seriously. if you do any
    trials/muni or anything where you hit you ankles in falls, these shoes
    are great. maybe a little stiff for freestyle but they're awesome.
    great grip, and the ankle cups have saved me a ton of pain.


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  4. pete66

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    I've got these ones http://tinyurl.com/demkz
    and they're awesome for street riding but unfortunately I used them for
    indoor soccer once and thats pretty much killed them (all the stitches
    ripped out and the soles coming off on both feet).

    Don't let that put you off, they're great if you don't play indoor
    soccer in them... it's not the running that damages them, just the
    running and changing direction.


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  5. Erant

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    Basically, you NEED skate shoes. I've got Australians at the moment, and
    they still have amazing amounts of grip, even though I've almost worn
    through the soles.


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  6. I usually wear Converse baseball boots (Chuck Taylor?) for freestyley
    stuff but they're a bit soft really - I don't do a lot of that type of
    riding so I just put up with it, but trying a kickup mount lots of
    times at a unimeet a few weeks ago bruised the side of my foot quite
    badly.

    For muni I wear an old pair of leather boots. Quite thick leather, but
    not as heavy as walking boots, and with a smoothish sole. Good
    protection from ankle knocks as well. They work for me, but most
    people seem to wear skate-type shoes (which I think are stupidly
    overpriced, certainly in this country).

    Rob


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  7. joemarshall

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    If you know your vans size, ie. once you've tried on a pair of vans,
    they're all pretty much the same shape. Buy your first pair from a shoe
    shop, and then once they wear out just buy the same thing off the
    internet. If you're not fussed about having last year's colour, Vans
    only cost about £30 a pair. Apparently most other skate shoes are
    pretty similar shape / size to Vans too, but I don't know if that's
    true.

    Like everyone says, Converse AllStars are just painful if you crash at
    all, no ankle support. Skate / BMX shoes are fantastic, they're
    designed to take crashes just like you have on a unicycle and just work
    well, silly to avoid them just for vanity's sake. I used to wear boots
    like Rob does and they were okay, but just not the same as flat soled
    skate shoes.

    Joe


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  8. joemarshall wrote:
    > If you're not fussed about having last year's colour, Vans only cost
    > about £30 a pair.



    Last time I looked they were more like double that, but I can't say I
    looked very hard (I started wearing these old boots and decided they do
    fine, so gave up looking for anything else). I've seen some people
    riding in walking boots, but I think the tread on the sole would make
    pedal positioning awkward. My boots have a fairly flat textured sole.
    One nice thing about leather boots is you don't get wet feet if you UPD
    in a puddle :)


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  9. joemarshall

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    rob.northcott wrote:
    > Last time I looked they were more like double that, but I can't say I
    > looked very hard (I started wearing these old boots and decided they do
    > fine, so gave up looking for anything else). I've seen some people
    > riding in walking boots, but I think the tread on the sole would make
    > pedal positioning awkward. My boots have a fairly flat textured sole.
    > One nice thing about leather boots is you don't get wet feet if you UPD
    > in a puddle :)




    http://www.edirectory.co.uk/ is where I got my vans tnts for £30.
    Generally for things like this, I just use kelkoo and froogle to find
    the cheapest place.

    Waterproofness is definately an advantage to leather boots over skate
    shoes though. Skate shoes are designed to be well ventilated to let
    sweat out. Although to be honest I don't really notice wet feet on most
    rides, and on the rides I do, it's like the Peaks one, where it's gone
    way beyond anything waterproof boots or socks would keep out (well over
    hub deep puddles plus hours of driving rain).

    Joe


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  10. onewheeling

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    Ok so it sounds like it was a good thing that I asked about the chucks.
    Sounds like everyone is in agreement against them. I tried finding the
    05 661 dualys that unicyclistben mentioned but was unabled to locate
    them on the web. Probably just put something in wrong. It sounds like
    I'll probably just go to wearing skate shoes, but I want them in blue
    and it seems like they forgot to make skate shoes in blue. Although,
    the shoe store I work at just got a new Etnie in with a big blue E on
    the side. I'm not worried about my vanity though I just never got into
    that style of shoes. Maybe its time for something new.:cool:


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  11. freddy

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  12. joemarshall wrote:
    > I don't really notice wet feet on most rides, and on the rides I do,
    > it's like the Peaks one, where it's gone way beyond anything waterproof
    > boots or socks would keep out



    Yes, if it's really wet waterproof boots do just turn into a bucket of
    muddy water strapped to your foot :rolleyes:


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  14. phlegm

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    I usually wear skate shoes too because they're relatively cheap and work
    reasonably well. However there are few things I don't like about
    them.

    1. They tend to be pretty heavy.
    2. They do all tend to fit the same way. This is bad because I have
    weird shaped feet and usually settle for breaking them in to be
    comfortable.
    3. They are bulky. I'm always bumping them together when I WW.
    4. High tops aren't very common. It'd be nice to have more ankle
    support.

    I've actually considered wearing basketball shoes because I could
    probably find all of the features I'd want, except for the less bulk.
    Although, the basketball shoe styles have become so hideous nowadays.
    ;)


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  15. ThisGuyIKnow

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    5 years ago everyone was wearing chuck taylors, what happened? I still
    like them. I tried the Simple Rubbatoes that I got at the Cal Muni
    Weekend, I wear them as my regualr shoes but with my pedals the pins
    get stuck in the tread in an odd way that makes it hard for me to get
    good foot placement. Call me crazy but I still like the chucks. They
    are terrible for walkign any sort of distance though because they have
    zero arch support.


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  16. johnfoss

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    ThisGuyIKnow wrote:
    > I tried the Simple Rubbatoes that I got at the Cal Muni Weekend, I wear
    > them as my regualr shoes but with my pedals the pins get stuck in the
    > tread in an odd way that makes it hard for me to get good foot
    > placement.



    Just got to chime in that I LOVE my Simple shoes from MUni Weekend. I
    prefer more of a tread for riding though, which is fine, because most
    of my riding gets the shoes dirty. I've worn those shoes most days
    since MUni Weekend for everyday stuff.

    The guy who started this thread never mentioned what kind of riding he
    was doing, which of course is a factor. For Freestyle, and any kind of
    riding with non-pinned pedals, I like turf shoes. This is any type of
    shoe with a lot of small knobbies on the bottom. Not cleats. Some golf
    shoes work well. I used to wear these cheap MacGregor turf shoes from
    K-mart. My most recent pair is from Nike.

    For MUni, or riding on pinned pedals, shoe tread is much less a factor.
    Ultimately I'd like a pair of mountain bike shoes with a soft rubber
    bottom, but that still has the ultra-stiff sole. I'm not aware of any
    such shoes. All the MTB shoes I see have hard soles, and the requisite
    hole in the middle where you attach your cleats. That's right where we
    unicyclists need to grip the actual pedal! So my search continues.
    Currently I'm using a pair of brown (finally figured that part out)
    hiking shoes that have a fairly stiff sole, a decent amount of tread on
    the bottom, and thick uppers to protect my feet. Steel toes would be
    good for anyone who does lots of Trials or riding in rocks, like the
    Santa Barbara guys.


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  17. joemarshall wrote:

    > Waterproofness is definately an advantage to leather boots over skate
    > shoes though. Skate shoes are designed to be well ventilated to let
    > sweat out. Although to be honest I don't really notice wet feet on most
    > rides, and on the rides I do, it's like the Peaks one, where it's gone
    > way beyond anything waterproof boots or socks would keep out (well over
    > hub deep puddles plus hours of driving rain).
    >


    Hi,

    I have just taken a look at your web site - I had no idea what was
    possible on a unicycle - it looks great. I'm more of a two
    wheel/walker down here in Devon and over the hundreds of miles I am yet
    to see a unicyclist, but it would be great to give to give it a go.

    Re the waterproof socks/boots, you might like to try specialist
    FoxRiver socks. The snowboarding variety provides thermal insulation
    and wicks moisture away - ideal this time of year. Also, the
    thermalined shin, sole and toe areas for shock absorption and
    insulation.

    For February only we would like to offer you all a 20% discount on all
    our products simply quote "unicycleFeb2006" at the order summary.

    We would be particularly interested in any feedback on our socks, with
    pictures/reviews. All suitable reviews will be published on our site
    and the contributor will get a free pair of socks.

    See you at www.venturewear.co.uk

    Take care,
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  18. maestro8

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    onewheeling wrote:
    > Just never like the look.



    If you're worried about looks, why are you riding a unicycle?


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