It’s been a bit over three years since I bought my last pair of shoes. How long are cycling shoes supposed to last, I wonder? The old ones were getting really tatty and starting to stink. And, most ominous of all, the little clip things that do up the ratchet fastener seemed to be on their last legs, slipping and not working unless held in position.

I realise, if you’ve never used silly clip-clop road shoes, that that last bit might not make much sense. A ratchet fastener? On a pair of shoes? What is this nonsense, and what’s wrong with laces anyway? Well, we shall see…

My new shoes are not white, but black and grey, And very very shiny. They came in a very nice box, packed in a special carry bag (which I can’t see me using; my shoes stink enough when left out to air, goodness knows how they would fester in a waterproof bag) with various bits and bobs to stick on them to ensure a perfect fit to your feet.

This is, of course, very important. This ‘excellence in technology’, together with that ratchet fastener, is what delivers the‘power, speed and a lot more time on the podium’ promised on the box. I am looking forward to more podium finishes along Mowbray Road, or perhaps even a stage win over Gladesville Bridge. So out of my way, you mere mortals with your lace-up shoes. I am coming through, and I have shiny new shoes…

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Comment by Michael Fagan on April 21, 2014 at 1:10pm


I'm on my second pair in the last 20,000km. The old pair didn't wear out, more I just couldn't get rid of the smell from them no matter what I tried. 

Comment by Robflyte on April 22, 2014 at 10:10am

I wear these all day.

Comment by John Knight on April 22, 2014 at 2:20pm

I hope you like them.

You will notice performance improvements over your old Scotts - the Shininess Effect is real!

My Bontrager shoes are edging closer to replacement. Only 8,000km, but the ratchet straps are looking pretty chopped up and the inner soles have more or less collapsed again, causing me to tighten the shoes every 30 min or so of riding to maintain a tight heel. Damned if I'll buy another $70 set of inners for them.

Bont Vaypor will probably be my next shoe - the shoe of choice among most of the guys I ride with.
Comment by Bob Moore on April 22, 2014 at 2:23pm
Have had a pair of Shimano SPD shoes with recessed cleats for years, maybe 7, seem indestructible except for padding at the heel cup, which I replaced with a bit of leather. I do wear another similar pair without cleats around the shops etc and locally. The holes in the bottom are good for cooling.
Comment by John Knight on April 22, 2014 at 4:19pm

@ Rob - You mean you don't have to change shoes when you get to work?

Comment by Robflyte on April 22, 2014 at 4:30pm

that's right John. Now it is getting cooler I don't need to change from shorts to pants either. Ride in, lock bike, work.

Comment by Robflyte on April 22, 2014 at 4:33pm

been doing my Audax rides in them as well John

Comment by John Knight on April 22, 2014 at 4:43pm

That's a unique concept!

I have to wear work clothes at work - can't be avoided.

Do you keep spare shoes at work if you get rained on?

Wet shoes all day would be a bummer!

Comment by Robflyte on April 22, 2014 at 8:17pm

Light weight spare shoes I take on wet days, drying on the way home.


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