great unicycling shoes

Hi,

This is a bit of a commercial plug (no business ties I swear!) but I thought
people might be interested. I’ve just started using what I think are the best
MUni shoes I’ve ever seen.

AXO makes dual slalom mountain biking shoes, called the “Dually”, that are
awesome for MUni. They have a pattern on the sole that grips incredibly well to
BMX pedals (the pedal cleats sort of slip between the tread patterns). In
addition, the ankle part (basketball shoe height) is quite padded and has
plastic reinforced anklebone protectors that also give lots of ankle support.
The shoes are cut quite low in the back, so even though they’re supportive you
can still point your toes when doing tricks like wheel walking.

Maybe Unicyclesource should carry these. I’m not too sure about pricing but they
might be fairly expensive, however.

Anyway, thats the end of the shameless plug!

-Kris.


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Re: great unicycling shoes

The AXO Dually is a good shoe, but they are not my favorite muni shoe. The sole
isn’t as stiff as I was expecting. The sole is about as stiff as my regular
Van’s. I would rather have a slightly stiffer sole. They also have a European
cut and European sizes. This means that the toe box is cut smaller than what we
in the US are used to on shoes like Van’s. The European sizes also mean that
they don’t have a size that matches up very well with a 10 1/2 which is my
regular shoe size.

If you try these shoes be aware of the European tendency to make the toe box
narrower and smaller than US shoes.

I gave the Dually a try, but I’m back to using my comfy Van’s.

The first time I tried the Dually’s I managed to climb a hill that I had never
even come close to riding all the way up before. I haven’t managed to climb that
hill since. It was either a fluke, or those shoes made me ride better than I
have ever ridden before. It must have been the shoes.

The Dually is also a bit expensive. $80 USD or so. You can see them at AXO’s web
page at http://www.axocycling.com/gear/shoes/shoe_dually.htm

If you can’t find the AXO shoes locally you can find them on the web at Dan’s
Competition http://www.danscomp.com

Anyone know of some other good shoes for Muni? I’ve been wanting to try the
Airwalk Foster Brothers shoe but I haven’t been able to find a local store that
carries them. The Foster Brothers shoe has a stiffener in the sole so they might
suit my preference for less flexable soles. I’m still looking for that perfect
muni shoe.

john_childs


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Re: great unicycling shoes

I’m very happy with my Van’s Old Skool shoes. They are like high-top canvas
Converses, but with much better soles. They have a good waffle pattern and a
fairly stiff sole. The drawback is that they are canvas, and so don’t provide
sufficient mud protection.

For muddy rides I’ve been using LaCrosse brand 8 inch Northwest Logger’s boots.
What I like about the logger’s boots (besides the great ankle support and stiff
soles) is that they have a special “mud shedding” Vibram sole. My other Vibram
soles have tread patterns that tend to hang up on my pedals. The mud shedding
soles are much less extreme, and yet grip well. However, these are heavy boots.

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: great unicycling shoes

Ankle biters are great- really protect your ankles.

Brett Bymaster was also mentioning he prefers stiff shoes for support, which the
Duallys definately are not. Maybe its personal preference, but I bought stiff
cycling shoes at one point and found that they skated around way too much on the
pedals because they couldn’t “wrap” at all around the pedal.

-Kris.

— “J. Michaels” <jmichaels@home.com> wrote:
> Actually, what caught my eye was the AXO Ankle Biter.
> http://www.axocycling.com/map.htm You can put them into any shoe that meets
> your needs. Jim
>
>
> John Childs wrote:
> >
> > The AXO Dually is a good shoe, but they are not my
> favorite muni shoe. The
> > sole isn’t as stiff as I was expecting. The sole
> is about as stiff as my
> > regular Van’s. I would rather have a slightly
> stiffer sole. They also have
> > a European cut and European sizes. This means
> that the toe box is cut
> > smaller than what we in the US are used to on
> shoes like Van’s. The
> > European sizes also mean that they don’t have a
> size that matches up very
> > well with a 10 1/2 which is my regular shoe size.
> >
> > If you try these shoes be aware of the European
> tendency to make the toe box
> > narrower and smaller than US shoes.
> >
> > I gave the Dually a try, but I’m back to using my
> comfy Van’s.
> >
> > The first time I tried the Dually’s I managed to
> climb a hill that I had
> > never even come close to riding all the way up
> before. I haven’t managed to
> > climb that hill since. It was either a fluke, or
> those shoes made me ride
> > better than I have ever ridden before. It must
> have been the shoes.
> >
> > The Dually is also a bit expensive. $80 USD or
> so. You can see them at
> > AXO’s web page at
> http://www.axocycling.com/gear/shoes/shoe_dually.htm
> >
> > If you can’t find the AXO shoes locally you can
> find them on the web at
> > Dan’s Competition http://www.danscomp.com
> >
> > Anyone know of some other good shoes for Muni?
> I’ve been wanting to try the
> > Airwalk Foster Brothers shoe but I haven’t been
> able to find a local store
> > that carries them. The Foster Brothers shoe has a
> stiffener in the sole so
> > they might suit my preference for less flexable
> soles. I’m still looking
> > for that perfect muni shoe.
> >
> > john_childs
> >
>


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Re: great unicycling shoes

Actually, what caught my eye was the AXO Ankle Biter.
http://www.axocycling.com/map.htm You can put them into any shoe that meets your
needs. Jim

John Childs wrote:
>
> The AXO Dually is a good shoe, but they are not my favorite muni shoe. The
> sole isn’t as stiff as I was expecting. The sole is about as stiff as my
> regular Van’s. I would rather have a slightly stiffer sole. They also have a
> European cut and European sizes. This means that the toe box is cut smaller
> than what we in the US are used to on shoes like Van’s. The European sizes
> also mean that they don’t have a size that matches up very well with a 10 1/2
> which is my regular shoe size.
>
> If you try these shoes be aware of the European tendency to make the toe box
> narrower and smaller than US shoes.
>
> I gave the Dually a try, but I’m back to using my comfy Van’s.
>
> The first time I tried the Dually’s I managed to climb a hill that I had never
> even come close to riding all the way up before. I haven’t managed to climb
> that hill since. It was either a fluke, or those shoes made me ride better
> than I have ever ridden before. It must have been the shoes.
>
> The Dually is also a bit expensive. $80 USD or so. You can see them at AXO’s
> web page at http://www.axocycling.com/gear/shoes/shoe_dually.htm
>
> If you can’t find the AXO shoes locally you can find them on the web at Dan’s
> Competition http://www.danscomp.com
>
> Anyone know of some other good shoes for Muni? I’ve been wanting to try the
> Airwalk Foster Brothers shoe but I haven’t been able to find a local store
> that carries them. The Foster Brothers shoe has a stiffener in the sole so
> they might suit my preference for less flexable soles. I’m still looking for
> that perfect muni shoe.
>
> john_childs
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Re: great unicycling shoes

Unfortunately, the best Muni shoe is the worst for your feet. I used to wear
tennis shoes. They formed a groove that fit into my bear claw pedals and held
the shoes in place. They worked great (and we’re cheap) until I started having
problems with my arches. I’m sort of prone to over-use injuries, so I wasn’t too
surprised. A flexible pair of shoes allows your shoe to wrap around the pedal,
as Kris mentioned. The problem is that your foot wraps around the pedal as well,
which stresses your arches. Doing this for a long time can cause severe arch
injury, which is no fun at all (extremely painful). My solution was to use a BMX
shoe made by Shimano. They are stiff when bending down, and flexible when
bending up. They are great for the arches, but pretty crappy for keeping your
foot on the pedal. I would caution anyone doing lots of miles on the muni
against using flexible shoes. Especially if you do a lot of jumping and high
impact cycling. Its bad news for your feet!

Ride on! Brett “Bloodman” Bymaster

>
> Ankle biters are great- really protect your ankles.
>
> Brett Bymaster was also mentioning he prefers stiff shoes for support, which
> the Duallys definately are not. Maybe its personal preference, but I bought
> stiff cycling shoes at one point and found that they skated around way too
> much on the pedals because they couldn’t “wrap” at all around the pedal.
>
> -Kris.
>
> — “J. Michaels” <jmichaels@home.com> wrote:
> > Actually, what caught my eye was the AXO Ankle Biter.
> > http://www.axocycling.com/map.htm You can put them into any shoe that meets
> > your needs. Jim
> >
> >
> > John Childs wrote:
> > >
> > > The AXO Dually is a good shoe, but they are not my
> > favorite muni shoe. The
> > > sole isn’t as stiff as I was expecting. The sole
> > is about as stiff as my
> > > regular Van’s. I would rather have a slightly
> > stiffer sole. They also have
> > > a European cut and European sizes. This means
> > that the toe box is cut
> > > smaller than what we in the US are used to on
> > shoes like Van’s. The
> > > European sizes also mean that they don’t have a
> > size that matches up very
> > > well with a 10 1/2 which is my regular shoe size.
> > >
> > > If you try these shoes be aware of the European
> > tendency to make the toe box
> > > narrower and smaller than US shoes.
> > >
> > > I gave the Dually a try, but I’m back to using my
> > comfy Van’s.
> > >
> > > The first time I tried the Dually’s I managed to
> > climb a hill that I had
> > > never even come close to riding all the way up
> > before. I haven’t managed to
> > > climb that hill since. It was either a fluke, or
> > those shoes made me ride
> > > better than I have ever ridden before. It must
> > have been the shoes.
> > >
> > > The Dually is also a bit expensive. $80 USD or
> > so. You can see them at
> > > AXO’s web page at
> > http://www.axocycling.com/gear/shoes/shoe_dually.htm
> > >
> > > If you can’t find the AXO shoes locally you can
> > find them on the web at
> > > Dan’s Competition http://www.danscomp.com
> > >
> > > Anyone know of some other good shoes for Muni?
> > I’ve been wanting to try the
> > > Airwalk Foster Brothers shoe but I haven’t been
> > able to find a local store
> > > that carries them. The Foster Brothers shoe has a
> > stiffener in the sole so
> > > they might suit my preference for less flexable
> > soles. I’m still looking
> > > for that perfect muni shoe.
> > >
> > > john_childs
> > >
> >
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Re: great unicycling shoes

>
> >
> _the best type of shoe for MTU should first, have a heel to locate the foot on
> the pedal and help prevent pedal throw.

As Kris says, too stiff is bad, but what really counts is how soft the sole
is. Too soft and it will wear out in month, to hard and you skate around on
the pedals.

A medium weight walking or work shoe with a heel generally works. Should have an
armored to also.

George