Shoes (fwd)

>What is the best type of shoes to ride a unicyle?
>
>Cotton? Leather? Soles: soft? hard? rubber? crepe? leather? Sneakers? Other
>types of sport shoes?
>
>What has been the experience of this group?
>
>All opinions are welcome.
>
>Thank you.
>
>Michel Y. Roy roym@dgabby.mfldclin.edu
>
Michel, The best shoes in my opinion are skateboard shoes… they are very flat
and have a very good contact with the pedals… and at the same time they can
easily be taken off the pedal when you are trying to perform any type of trick…
Secondly, they allow you to “feel” the pedal as well… Running shoes aren’t the
best in my opinion as they have too much traction and it can be hard to
re-adjust your foot for whatever the reason… Sandals… are the worst… your
foot has too much “play” within the shoe and it’s really easy for the lip of the
sandle to get caught in the cranks… plus if it rains… and your sandles get
wet… then prefare to do the “face plant” trick!!! later… ohh I use to ride
with canvas shoes… but I think skateboard shoes are definetly the way to go…

Ilan Berci ilan@kane.ece.ucsb

What is “unicycle” but the addition of two words:“unic” and “ycle”

o o o <-prehistoric unicyle (before the invention of the wheel) O very hard to
to idle and next to impossible to coast! /Y/ On the plus side, the wheel was
very stable and
>> made tricks like wheel hopping relatively easy.
[] Quickly lost favor due to severe saddle soreness!

Re: Shoes (fwd)

>Michel, The best shoes in my opinion are skateboard shoes… they are very flat
>and have a very good contact with the pedals… and at the same time they can
>easily be taken off the pedal when you are trying to perform any type of
>trick… Secondly, they allow you to “feel” the pedal as well… Running shoes
>aren’t the best in my opinion as they have too much traction and it can be
>hard to re-adjust your foot for whatever the reason… Sandals… are the
>worst… your foot has too much “play” within the shoe and it’s really easy for
>the lip of the sandle to get caught in the cranks… plus if it rains… and
>your sandles get wet… then prefare to do the “face plant” trick!!! later…
>ohh I use to ride with canvas shoes… but I think skateboard shoes are
>definetly the way to go…
What do you mean when you say skateboard shoes? I didn’t know there was a
special shoe for skateboards. When I am riding for fun, I normally wear tennis
shoes, but I agree there is no “feel” of the pedal and you can’t move your foot
around much. The other shoes I wear when just traveling around are my
Birkenstocks. Open toed loose sandals are definately a poor choice for working
on skills, but for normal riding they work.

 _ _ Doug Borngasser
(o)(o)             San Diego CA db db@ucsd.edu \__/ You know you're a
                   unicyclist when walking feels strange.

Re: Shoes (fwd)

>When I am riding for fun, I normally wear tennis shoes, but I agree there is
>no “feel” of the pedal and you can’t move your foot around much. The other
>shoes I wear when just traveling around are my Birkenstocks. Open toed loose
>sandals are definately a poor choice for working on skills, but for normal
>riding they work.
>
>
Doug, actually I’m not sure if they are called that as well… I’m sure they go
by a different name… but you find them in all skateboard shops… they are a
very simple light shoe with a flat surface… I apologise for not providing more
accurate info but I don’t know much else other than they are perfect for
unicycling!!!

Ilan Berci ilan@kane.ece.ucsb

What is “unicycle” but the addition of two words:“unic” and “ycle”

o o o <-prehistoric unicyle (before the invention of the wheel) O very hard to
to idle and next to impossible to coast! /Y/ On the plus side, the wheel was
very stable and
>> made tricks like wheel hopping relatively easy.
[] Quickly lost favor due to severe saddle soreness!

Re: Shoes (fwd)

Doug Borngasser <dborngas@sdcc3.ucsd.edu> writes:
> >Michel, The best shoes in my opinion are skateboard shoes…
> What do you mean when you say skateboard shoes? I didn’t know there was a
> special shoe for skateboards.

several companies have either specially made or been associated with shoes that
skateboarders wear… Airwalk, Vans, Etnies, Simple, Duffs … most try to move to
the mainstream as soon as they can though, there is more money there :slight_smile:

I wear Converse “Chuck Taylor” All Stars, in high tops…

]ain