After nearly doing a straddle/split when putting my foot down on one of those big white turn arrows on the road at a stop light I decided it was time to get something better than work boots for wearing on the bike. I wound up at my local shop and picked up a set of these Shift Fuel Street Shoes.
I would like to start off by saying that I wanted to get a pair of A* s-mx2 shoes but found that they were way too stiff to wear to work and that they were way too narrow. These were pretty much the only shoes i found that felt comfy.
- I have a size triple E foot so it’s hard to find something wide enough. These however fit perfect.
- The grip on the slippery surfaces is also fantastic.
- it feels like the rubber ridges they set up for the shifter are in the right position so I imagine the shoe will have no problems wearing out due to shifting.
- reflective material on the sides and back of the boot increase your visibility to drivers
- only 100 bucks
- the styling leaves me feeling that I’m in the 80's or 90's
- They are just about the most difficult shoes in the world to put on because of how they have set the laces up. It’s just not easy to get the laces lose enough to put your foot in and then lace them back up. i wish they would have been zip up boots or something
- The tongues rub against the laces and squeeeeeeek like crazy every time you take a step.
- The majority of the outside of the boot is made of suede which I doubt will do well in the rain.
At first I wondered "why the hell are these boots 100 dollars when every other boot out there costs 150 or more..." well now I know. After only one month if riding with these things the rubber nub things that make contact with your shifter have already fallen off. It appears that they are held on by some sort of super glue or something. Not only that but I’m starting to see some fraying on the left foot where the tongue meets the rest of the shoe. I’m going to the store today to buy some sidi boots. I’ve learned my lesson.