I tell you what, I’ve lost so many auctions on eBay trying to acquire a vintage pair of cycling shoes. Sure, I love clipless, but sometimes I don’t want to swap my pedals out just to do park laps and honestly, I like the security of double straps when I’m doing park laps on my Merckx Pista. After seeing companies come out with vintage-inspired cycling shoes and either fail on the stiff sole or price-point categories, I was relieved when Quoc of Quoc Pham contacted me and offered to send me a pair of his hand made shoes.
For £90 you get a pair of these beautiful shoes. Full leather upper, rubber sole, stiff insole and reflective accents. The profile fits my feet perfectly and they fit in toe clips with the same vintage silhouette you’d expect from a pair of traditional cycling shoes. Throw on your wool tights and socks and head out on your ride. They do fit true to size, so no guessing. I wear a size 12 in most shoes and the size 46 fit just right.
These shoes are comfortable. No awkward duck-walking like you have with clipless road cleats. Overall, I’m very pleased with this product and will post a full review after I heal up and am able to ride my bike more. For the money, this is by far your best option! You’d be hard pressed to find a better constructed shoe.
To read up on the background of Quoc Pham, head to his site and to check out the availability of the shoes, check out the collection here. As of now, the black leather fixed shoe is all that’s available.
Be sure to check out the lacing diagrams on the website to ensure you get the best experience from the shoes.