Shoes

I’d also be interested to know what other uni’ers use for shoes.

I’m pretty new to the game (haven’t gone off road yet), and so far I’ve been
using Converse All-Star shoes (high top retro-style sneakers).

The high tops provide good ankle protection, and the thin, smooth soles mean
that you get a good “feel” of the pedals (and I like the style as well!)

However, these are useless in the wet because the grip disappears completely.

I did once try using trainers with much knobblier soles, but I found all the
sensitivity had gone.

So it seems that the ideal is a light, relatively thin soled shoe, with a
slightly knobbly sole.

Does such a thing exist???

What do all you other guys out there use???

Do you use one shoe for dry/on road and another for wet/off road???

Any suggestions/advice are welcome.

Re: Shoes

I wear Adidas with lots of texture on the sole, but I use different pedals for
the unicycles I have that I would be using in wet weather. My 28" touring uni
has bearclaw pedals, and my muni pedals have some knobs that stick up for
gripping. I don’t much in the way of tricks on either of these, partly because
of the size and partly because of shin danger with the pedals. A compromise if
you have only one unicycle is to get plastic pedals with some teeth.

Beirne

> I’d also be interested to know what other uni’ers use for shoes.
>
> I’m pretty new to the game (haven’t gone off road yet), and so far I’ve been
> using Converse All-Star shoes (high top retro-style sneakers).
>
> The high tops provide good ankle protection, and the thin, smooth soles mean
> that you get a good “feel” of the pedals (and I like the style as well!)
>
> However, these are useless in the wet because the grip disappears completely.
>
> I did once try using trainers with much knobblier soles, but I found all the
> sensitivity had gone.
>
> So it seems that the ideal is a light, relatively thin soled shoe, with a
> slightly knobbly sole.
>
> Does such a thing exist???
>
> What do all you other guys out there use???
>
> Do you use one shoe for dry/on road and another for wet/off road???
>
>
> Any suggestions/advice are welcome.
>

RE: Shoes

At 08:41 AM 3/19/99 -0800, you wrote:
>I’m guessing that they’ll be reasonably stiff (a lot stiffer than most
sneakers)
>for efficiency, and they look like they have grippy soles.

I’ve tried the Nashbar SPD sneakers and the Van’s VMX (SPD BMX shoe). IMO the
stiffness of a SPD style shoe is great for power transfer but leaves a lot to be
desired for being able to “feel” the pedal, which is something that I like to be
able to do. The Van’s was also quite wide…seemed to rub up against the
crankarm when I put my foot in the normal position I’m used to.

Just another opinion.

Does anyone wear Teva style sandals for casual riding?

-Rick

RE: Shoes

Rick Bissell <rick@tridelta.com> writes:

> Does anyone wear Teva style sandals for casual riding?

Yep. I wear hiking boots in the winter and for MUni, and sandals the rest
of the time.

RE: Shoes

Re: ">I don’t have personal experience with these shoes (yet!), but they look
>promising: Specialized’s Fat Boy bmx/spd compatible shoes."

I bought a pair of “Lakes” brand bmx/spd compatible shoes of similar design,
thinking that they would be good for unicycling. Personally, I actually didn’t
like them very much. The stiff sole was comfortable and fairly grippy when dry,
but very slippery when wet due to the stiff sole, even though the rubber itself
was grippy and even when using spiky BMX pedals. I often slipped off the pedals
when the cranks were in the vertical position, when I wouldn’t have with soft
soled shoes.

In my opinion, unless your shoes have distinct heels, such as hiking boots and
some types of walking shoes, it’s better to have a softer sole so that the sole
bends/deforms around the pedal a bit, increasing gripping power especially over
the vertical crank position.

-Kris.

At 08:41 AM 3/19/99 -0800, you wrote:
>I don’t have personal experience with these shoes (yet!), but they look
>promising: Specialized’s Fat Boy bmx/spd compatible shoes. They look like a
>skater shoe (Vans, Airwalk, etc), but have a clipless-compatible sole. I’m
>guessing that they’ll be reasonably stiff (a lot stiffer than most sneakers)
>for efficiency, and they look like they have grippy soles. Best of all, they’re
>on sale at Nashbar right now for a measly $20.
>http://www.nashbar.com/catalog/bike/link_item?SB-FBS The usual disclaimers: I
>don’t work for Nashbar or Specialized. Thought there might be other
>penny-pinchers like me out there on the lookout for some good muni shoes…
>--------------------------------------------------
>Peter Kittle Department of English CSU, Chico
>530/898-5305 pkittle@csuchico.edu http://www.csuchico.edu/~pdkittle
>--------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
>> ----------
>> From: wvanwijk@gil.com.au Reply To: wvanwijk@gil.com.au Sent: Tuesday, March
>> 16, 1999 5:54 AM To: UNICYCLING@winternet.com Subject: Re: Shoes
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> >I’ve been using Converse All-Star shoes (high top retro-style sneakers).
>> >
>> >The high tops provide good ankle protection, and the thin, smooth soles mean
>> >that you get a good “feel” of the pedals (and I like the style as well!)
>>
>>
>> YAY FOR CONVERSE ALLSTARS!!!
>>
>> These have been my choice of unicycle shoe for over 8 years for the same
>> reasons.
>>
>> In the wet I wear my waterproof hiking boots. I have to ride with the pedal
>> locked just in front of my heel (like the foot position on a stirrup on a
>> horses saddle). It is a little different from my normal foot position but my
>> foot stays there.
>>
>> My 28" has ankle eating Bear Trap pedals on it. It also has a nifty toe clip
>> that does not hold your foot to the pedal but prevents it from slipping off
>> the front. So far I have not slipped off and have had no serious injury.
>>
>> If anyone asks really nicely I will attempt to draw a picture of the toe clip
>> arrangement.
>>
>>
>> Wayne van Wijk wvanwijk@gil.com.au
>>
>> -----------------------------------
>> Sorry, I couldn’t think of anything quotable.
>> -----------------------------------
>>
>


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