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Lance's shoes(12 posts)

Lance's shoesJay18
Apr 21, 2003 2:58 PM
Anyone know what shoes Lance is using these days. I have a picture of him in the TDF with Nike shorts and shoes. Since he's got Ulrich on his wheel, it's at least two years old. Wondering what he uses now.

Look Lance's underwear!the bull
Apr 21, 2003 3:21 PM
Looks like Old Navy!
Apr 21, 2003 3:50 PM
I'm off to Old Navy. Pants like Lance, the new kit. nmJuanmoretime
Apr 21, 2003 3:56 PM
re: Lance's shoesdtufts
Apr 21, 2003 3:52 PM

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re: Lance's shoesrussw19
Apr 21, 2003 7:17 PM
He rides a 'one off' version of the Nike Hautacam. If you can wear a 43, I have a brand new pair. They are way too narrow for my pontoon feet.

re: Lance's shoesJay18
Apr 22, 2003 1:26 PM
As it happens, my road and MTB shoes are 43.5 and 43, and my feet are on the narrow side (a B or medium in a regular shoe). However, I have found bike shoe sizing to be really quirky from one brand and model to another. You wouldn't happen to live in central-New Jersey by any chance?

re: Lance's shoespina
Apr 21, 2003 8:16 PM
In the past his shoes have been made by DMT outside of Verona, Italy. Even the ones that have the Nike swoosh on them.
sorry, 100% falserussw19
Apr 22, 2003 7:37 AM
That's just not true. Lance's relationship with Nike extends back to his triathlete days. He was a junior world champion in triathlons in high school and one of his best friends is Scott MacEachern who works for Nike. He talks about this specific relationship in his book. Nike is one of the companies that stood by him when he got cancer along with companies like Giro and Oakley. He is fiercely loyal to them to this day.

Here's a quote from the book...

"I'll spend the rest of my life trying to adequetly convey what it meant to me; and I'll be an Oakley, Nike, and Giro athlete for as long as I live. They paid my contracts in full, every single one--even though each of them had the right to terminate the deal--and none of them ever so much as asked me about when I would ride a bike again."

Oakley went so far as to pay for a lot of his hospital expenses even though they didn't have to.

Now what may be a little more accurate is that DMT used to do contract work for other shoe makers. Nike was not one of them. But when DMT decided to go into business for themselves selling their own line of shoes they moved to a smaller factory. Nike bought the old (larger) factory about a year later and now hand makes all it's cycling shoes in Italy. At least that's the story I heard at Interbike last year. But Lance has and will always ride Nike products. It was his persuasion that got USPS to use them for the team's gear and for the Tour's leader jerseys as well. Prior to Lance's comeback, the Tour leader jerseys were last Castelli, and USPS rode Giordana. A carry over from the Motorola days. When Lance was dumped by Cofidis and came to USPS, he brought along a few top dollar sponsors... Oakley, Nike, and Giro.

above should read "sorry, not entirely true"russw19
Apr 22, 2003 8:06 AM
As Lance did ride Shimano road shoes back in 1993 when he won Corestates, the Thrift Drug triple Crown, and the World's Road Race. Nike didn't make road cycling shoes then. They only had a 1 velcro strap Triathlon marketed shoe out back then. They started to work on a top road racing shoe for Lance after he won Worlds.

And USPS rode Pearl Izumi in 1998 and 1999. Nike made the team kits from 2000 on. Sorry, in my haste to try to tell a great Lance-sponsor loyalty story, I messed up some facts.
Still it's a cool story that an athlete and a few of his sponsors stayed true to each other even when it looked all but over. Who knows if in 10 years will Michael Jordan still be wearing Haynes and Nikes?

Sorry for the mess up....

above should read "sorry, not entirely true"Greyhound
Apr 22, 2003 9:58 AM
DMT does make shoes for nike, according to my local shop. I have DMT's and the sole is identical to nike's making me further believe that statement.

above should read "sorry, not entirely true"pina
Apr 22, 2003 8:45 PM
Nike hasn't made the team kits from 2000 on, they are made by Giordana in italy with the Nike swoosh put on them. Just like the Motorola stuff was Giordana. As for his shoes in the past you are wrong, you should go back thru some older Velo news articles and read an article dedicated to Lance's shoes in which it clearly states that the Nike's he was wearing were hand made in Verona by DMT, and it even states the name of the guy who did them. I don't doubt that Nike might have bought a manufacturing facility over there, they tend to buy people out instead of starting their own.