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Spirito, it's all about style.(18 posts)

Spirito, it's all about style.Ahimsa
Jul 29, 2002 10:27 AM
Oh my.
I was looking for suede Pumas from back in the day...Lone Gunman
Jul 29, 2002 11:49 AM
Saw on the Puma site they have orange/natural stripe on sale plus the blue/white and black/white
ahims ... (hmmmmmm)Spirito
Jul 29, 2002 1:42 PM
yes!! it is all about style ... but i think those vans are just too "busy". the old school canvas check with white rubber sole were much more simple and cleaner in style whereas these are kinda overkill or using old style with steroid overtones ... i couldnt call it classic.

im not knocking them but i think Vans could do much better in paying homage to their past. They however would be more comfortable and should last longer for skating then the originals which were functionally not very good.

below is my new Vittoria's and im just itching to use them (sold my carnac's and am waiting on some Peterson's footbeds). im sure a few will be scratching their heads as they look very old skool and for use with clips and straps but as they also have modern drill patterns i will be using them with my campy clipless pedals. in a word perfect for me as i like modern pedals but want to keep a classic look .

if only i could get 30 more pairs of these i could make a killing (trying to find some eddy merckx era adidas with the same drill pattern - for use with both old and new style pedals ... watch this space).

Aaaaah, but you see....Ahimsa
Jul 29, 2002 4:01 PM
....those Vans are a cycling shoe made in homage to the old checked skate slip on. It isn't a redux, but rather an SPD compatible biker boot.

A bit busy? Maybe, but no busier than that pink leather skin suit with red stitching you wear. ; )


very cool .. more than meets the eye :-0Spirito
Jul 29, 2002 5:05 PM
i had no idea they were cycling compatible. now i see their merit and value.

seek forgiveness please master :-)

Take the pebble from my hand...Ahimsa
Jul 29, 2002 5:39 PM
...and pass me another glass of rum, eh mate?

They have a few SPDo-able choos over there on the Vans site. None are as flamboyant as those though.

I'm still searching for new shoes. Currently riding in these. They are nice, but could be stiffer in the sole.

i was a 2 stripe kid .....Spirito
Jul 29, 2002 5:59 PM
my parents could never understand why the 3 stripe sports shoes and gear was 3 times or more the price of the 2 or 4 stripe stuff. and boy did i suffer the shame and the insult during my youth at not having the real thing.

whereas now i want the real thing and am obsessed with it. neurotic ????? yes ... but at least im finally stylin'

yes im very vain ..... im yet to wear a one peice action suit or eyeliner contrary to popular belief .... surprising considering that brue lee, the cure and the human league were all big influences in my life. (still looking for that yellow jump suit with black stipes that bruce wore)
The hippest shoes ever were white Adidas with...Djudd
Jul 29, 2002 6:07 PM
green stripes. Middle and High school these were it. They were super-expensive @ 25.99 but I got a pair on a visit from my grandad. I wore them out!!!
onitsuka tigercolker
Jul 30, 2002 3:40 AM
bruce is wearing them... the most beautifull sneaker's name ever! bruce lee forever!!!!
onitsuka tigerwooglin
Jul 30, 2002 5:01 AM
I thought I was the only person who remembered that name....

PF Flyers. Run faster, jump higher, stop quicker.... RIP :(

Somewhere in my closet I've got a pair of just black, leather lace-up Diadoras. Understated class. The toes are worn through from clips.
onitsuka tigercolker
Jul 30, 2002 12:56 PM
when i was a kid, all i wanted was a pair of volleyball tigers. white, with blue and red stripes. they were very expensive. everybody on the volley team had them and i didn't make the team... now i need a therapist.
If there is a market, it will sell...Lone Gunman
Jul 30, 2002 4:47 AM
I recall seeing one piece kit like that in the back of cheesy karate magazines along with all the shoes, tiger balms and sticks.

The green stripe addidas, you mean the cross country shoes? I always liked suede pro keds, addidas shell toes(Wooden/Walton/Alcindor days)my current kicks, and Puma.
What brand is that?...Sharp NMtronracer
Jul 30, 2002 5:11 AM
Eh....sorry, promised SpiritoAhimsa
Jul 30, 2002 7:12 PM
I'd keep my sources to myself so as not to spoil his image of me with reality.


Okay then...tronracer
Jul 31, 2002 4:59 AM
Looks like I'll have to find out on my own... those shoes are spd compatible?
SPD compatible?Ahimsa
Jul 31, 2002 9:23 AM
Nope. Those old skool lookin' ones aren't, but the checkered Vans are.


A. (Doesn't ride SPD's...prefers toeclips)
ahims ... (hmmmmmm)zeke
Jul 31, 2002 7:01 AM
ARE these spd compatible? If so, where did you get them???
nope .. SPD & old school shoes - choose one.Spirito
Jul 31, 2002 11:51 AM
by the time shimano bought out the spd drill pattern shoe styles had changed significantly and were no longer made in the style your looking for. so as far as i know your not gonna find them with an SPD drill pattern. these are look (campy, old shimano as well) compatible.