The first thing I noticed as I pulled these out of the box is how good they look. The simple Black upper, white outsole and red trim looks a treat. The upper is a waxed suede/canvas mix, which, in essence, means that it'll be tear and rip resistant, so they'll stand up to a good amount of abuse. Once I laced them up, I immediately noticed how much thicker the sole was, but there still wasn't a great deal of difference in pedal feel from my old schools. One point of note, though, is the break-in time. They did take a little bit longer to break in than what I'm used to, but it's still not a long time. They were pretty much perfect after a full day of riding.
|My Vans Old Schools (left) and Lotek Fader's (right). Both of which have endured the same amount of riding.|
If you're after a good looking capsule shoe that'll take care of your feet, then these will suit you to a tee. The only foreseeable obstacle is the relatively long break-in time, but outside of that, these kicks are awesome. You can pick them up wherever quality bicycle paraphernalia is available.