Product Review: DVS Milan CTC Cadence Sneakers Jun 4, 2010

I’m a man of particularities. I have my favorites and my loyalties. Once and a while though, something new comes across my threshold and my interest gets piqued. When I first saw the DVS Milan CTC Cadence sneakers, I thought they looked ok. I’m a bigger fan of black sneakers but the details the shoes sported made sense and I liked the silhouette. When Dustin from Cadence contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying a pair out, I said sure. When the box came yesterday and inside was a pair of the black models, I was hella stoked.

Less than 24 hours later and I think I found my new Summer sneaker. Check out some more photos and my initial reaction to the shoes below.

At a glance, these shoes look like any other skate shoe. Then you pick them up, flex the sole, squeeze the toe and feel the heel. That’s what I did anyway. Usually it’s all I need to do to see if a sneaker is going to be legit enough to ride in.

The problem everyone has with pedals, especially track pedals are that they kill your feet. Throughout history, cycling shoes were traditionally wooden or leather soled. This solved the issue of quil pedals hurting your feet. Later, cleats came out for quil pedals, toe clips and straps and eventually clipless pedals came around. So now everyone’s riding quill pedals with thin-soled shoes and yeah, it just doesn’t cut it. The way I got around this problem was switching to a BMX platform on my fixed and just grin and bearing it on my track bike.

The DVS Milan CTC Cadence shoes feel great on both setups and aside from getting used to the lack of ankle support (I usually wear Mid Nike SB’s), I’m totally digging them.

There’s even a reinforced heal pad under the insole.

With reflective accents all over, leather and mesh paneling and a reinforced toebox, they’re perfect for cycling. There’s even a flap that you can run the laces underneath on the tongue to keep them from getting caught in your chain. I ran my laces traditionally though.

Another concern people have with sneakers and toe clips / straps is the width. As you can see, these size 12’s are pretty slender without looking goofy. I spent a good amount of time in them yesterday and so far so good. I’m pretty stoked on these shoes and can’t see what else will come from this project.

I want to thank Dustin from Cadence once again and while you’re at it, check out the new Cadence Collection entitled Nonrepresentational Representations!

  • d.patrick

    i would rock that. its pretty clean lookin.

  • Tyler Johnson

    DAMN YOU LUCKY BASTARD. how is the sizing on these bad boys?

  • prolly

    true to size!

  • d.patrick

    you got to love the railings in greenpoint. cant even put your hands on them.

  • Jose

    Want. Need.

  • antihero1972

    damn i need a blog it seems everyone with a blog got hooked up. They look sick. What happend to the “friday” on the right heel?

  • charlie

    do you also wear size 12 sb’s?

    Any chance they are going to do a run of 13’s?

  • matts

    So where can these suckers be purchased?

  • prolly
  • nat

    $130???!!! seriously? they’re cool, but i’ll stick to 30 dollar sambas.

  • prolly

    $65 dude

  • nick

    when do these ship? i preordered a pair and are getting anxious!

  • miguel alexander

    delayed another month……i cant wait to ride with these!!! hopefully ill be surprised some time this month…

  • James B.

    hey @prolly just curious about how the toe box on the Milan’s is holding out. I currently wear Sambas but my toes are the paying the price after 30 miles in the city.

  • prolly

    toe box is great…

  • James

    @prolly Picked them up from Tracko, very nice all around except I question the use of suede. Inside of right sole is wearing down super fast when I use it to slow my rear wheel (I can send pics). Never had that problem with the Sambas… These are way better than Sambas other than that, and they come in size 14!!!!