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Stemming from design and utility, Chrome started fifteen years ago with the idea to create clothing, shoes and bags for purpose and function. Chrome is based in San Francisco and has retail stores in it’s hometown, New York and an online presence: www.chromebagsstore.com
Recently we had the opportunity of reviewing Chrome’s Kursk shoes. They are made from ultra durable 1,000 denier Cordura fabric. I had to look Cordura up and see why it would be important to me. Essentially, this is what the military or anyone looking to have something last and be functional, uses on their gear. I found it to be strong and resilient, but still flexible to provide great support to your foot.Whether it is riding through the city or trendy bar hopping, the Kursk shoe can conform to all elements. They are available in six colors, black, brown, gray, green, blue and red, so you’re able to find the right color for your gear and taste. One great feature is on the tongue of the shoe you will find a “lace garage”. This allows you to tuck your laces in while riding your bike and free from getting caught in your chain. I don’t know how many times I have torn a pair of laces in the chain, I would always tuck them in on the side, but this was always uncomfortable, Chrome has solved this.The front of the shoe has a narrow design to allow easy use of toe cages and a rubber covered toe to avoid marring. This is definetly true of the shoe, fitting for city/messenger type riding.
Moving to the bottom of the shoe, you will find the skid resistant contact rubber sole and a reflective hit on the heel to keep you visible on those night rides. The uppers and soles are 100% vulcanized construction. Inside the sole is board lasted, which strengthens the platform of the shoe to avoid pedal hot spots. The mid-sole are reinforced with nylon/glass fiber to support the midsole and a polyurethane contoured crash pad. The insole is contoured and provides ample cushion to the step. I’ve been wearing the shoes in as many conditions possible, whether it be riding, running around with the kids, out on the town or snowball fights in the snow. They are comfortable and stylish.
I have been a Cons and Vans wearer since I was able to wear shoes. From my review I say ditch the Cons and step into the Chrome Kursk. I found them to fit well and are true to size, so order the same size you currently wear in your Cons, Vans or any similar type shoe. They grip well like Vans on studded pedals and feel great walking and wearing all day. The soles absorb shock and are comfortable. I didn’t find that my feet got hot or sweaty as they breathe well and as mentioned prior, I took them out in the snow and they kept my feet mostly dry. The Kursk’s will not let you down and set at $70, that is a small price to pay for this assurance of quality, durability and design. Check back at Talking Treads to see how they do in the longevity test.
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Photos: Mariea Rummel Photography
On Saturday, between a couple of road trips that spanned the end of last week and the beginning of this, I managed to get out for a ride with Sam. It was, what has rapidly become, our standard weekend ride with little out of the ordinary. But, just as we were parting ways, we came to a stoplight and were greeted, a little too loudly, by a gray haired, ponytail wearing, helmetless roadie, “Hey guys!” Actually, I don’t remember exactly what he said but it was annoyingly cheerful.
The thing about roadies (and I can say this because I’m one of them) is that we, as a whole, are often overly critical of ourselves, primarily, and, by extension, of others. On a ride we are constantly making snap judgements about the other riders we encounter. Oh, sure, most of our stereotyping is helpful-should I call out that I’m passing or will I just startle this guy off the road? If I put in the effort to close the gap, can I work with him? Does he need help with that flat repair? I wish I had that 6.0 Madone. If I did, he’d never be able to hang with me on this climb. So, with all of this internal judging going on, it’s difficult to be any more friendly than a quick wave or a head nod (often, in my experience, completely ignored). This isn’t to say we roadies are a rude bunch, we just don’t have time. Many of us might enjoy cruising and chatting with our friends but, at the same time, we want to own the KOM on the Iron Point Road climb. So, we judge and we, sometimes, forget one thing…
After looking back at us and nodding at our half hearted waves, the ponytailed rider looked back again and greeted the next cyclists at the light in the same manner as if we were all his pals, his buddies, his friends. It was incredibly uncool. He was acting outside the norm, offering passing riders more than just a nod or the flick of a wrist while carefully apprising every aspect of the their bikes, clothing, equipment, form and (potential) ability. He was, simply, having fun.
I smiled that last 6 miles back to my house.
If and when I live far enough from work to bike commute, this is the type of machine I’d love to ride. I admit, though, it feels more like Andrew’s style.
As one of those guys decked out in lycra shorts and a jersey plastered with advertisements, I don’t much think about style and cycling at the same time. I’m comfortable with how foolish I look on the bike (though I do lust after a Rapha jersey). For me it’s about performance and comfort more than style.