We consider whether old-school laces are the future of cycling footwear With the dominance of Velcro straps, ratchets, wire and Boa locking systems, it looked like lace-up cycling shoes were consigned to the history books. However, this all seemed to change when, following a crash that wrote off his standard Giro Factor shoes, Taylor Phinney was spotted wearing prototype Giro lace-up shoes at the 2012 Giro d’Italia .
Since then lace-up shoes have grown in popularity and several top pros have been seen wearing them, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Alberto Contador . Fashion trend
giro empire vr90 shoes laces Despite this resurgence, there are doubts as to their performance merits. Dino Signori, the founder of Sidi, has very clear thoughts: “Laces are [definitely] only a trend, because retro things are in fashion, but there is no comparison between laces and the newer closure systems.”
The appeal of dials and buckle systems is obvious — they can give a firm and secure fit while also allowing you to change the tension of your shoes on the fly. However, they are not without their faults; they can, for example, cause pressure points on the foot, and dials can become jammed.
This is one […]