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post #16 of 29
What are bicycle toed shoes? I've never heard the term before.
post #17 of 29
http://www.zappos.com/images/721/721...20091027130442

Does anyone know why they are called "bicycle toe"?
post #18 of 29
Embarrassingly, a pre-SF purchase for me. Maybe I'll unload them on ebay? Haven't used them in years (thankfully)...
post #19 of 29
For some reason I would say 60-80% of all shoes in our country is that type...great
post #20 of 29
They were mildly interesting as casual shoes when they first appeared but are now just horrendous. I can't believe how many men in DC wear these monstrosities with suits.

I heard that they were called bicycle toe because they resemble the pattern on an old fashioned bicycle toe clip.
post #21 of 29
I own and occasionally wear the AE Hillcrest, which is not entirely horrendous.

The key is to avoid pairing the bicycle toe with an excessively KC square toe last. What's even worse is a hard square toe that also has a angular side profile for the toebox, such that your toe looks like a frankensteinish brick. The AE Hillcrest avoids all that (round toe last, round toe side profile).

Still, the Hillcrest is not anywhere in my top 20 pairs of shoes that I own.
post #22 of 29
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Forecast calls for sunny skies and no chance of those ever not being horrendous.
That's funny. I thought that they had just become not horrendous this past Tuesday.
post #23 of 29
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I own and occasionally wear the AE Hillcrest, which is not entirely horrendous.

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Forecast calls for sunny skies and no chance of those ever not being horrendous.

A'hem, weathermen are not exactly reknown for accuracy.....






post #24 of 29
I've never heard this term. Is the defining feature, aside from the squared toe, the two rows of parallel sitching into the toe? On the verdict of being abhorrent, aye.
post #25 of 29
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I've never heard this term. Is the defining feature, aside from the squared toe, the two rows of parallel sitching into the toe?

On the verdict of being abhorrent, aye.

As shown above, square toe is completely unnecessary.
post #26 of 29
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As shown above, square toe is completely unnecessary.

True, but the makers of most bicycle-toe shoes do not appear to be aware of that. My vote is a definite no. This is the new square-toed shoes. They are mostly mass-produced, ubiquitous, cheap and seen on all too many "business casual" wearing fellows with no coat, no tie, and a ratty white t-shirt poking up through their slouchy collars. That and they remind me of the zippered boots I used to see as a kid in the '70s.
post #27 of 29
[quote=Guero;2607754]True, but the makers of most bicycle-toe shoes do not appear to be aware of that. My vote is a definite no. This is the new square-toed shoes. They are mostly mass-produced, ubiquitous, cheap and seen on all too many "business casual" wearing fellows with no coat, no tie, and a ratty white t-shirt poking up through their slouchy collars. That and they remind me of the zippered boots I used to see as a kid in the '


You make a persuasive argument. I am still keeping my Hillcrests, however.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Guero View Post
True, but the makers of most bicycle-toe shoes do not appear to be aware of that. My vote is a definite no. This is the new square-toed shoes. They are mostly mass-produced, ubiquitous, cheap and seen on all too many "business casual" wearing fellows with no coat, no tie, and a ratty white t-shirt poking up through their slouchy collars. That and they remind me of the zippered boots I used to see as a kid in the '


You make a persuasive argument. I am still keeping my Hillcrests, however.


The Hillcrests look like crap! Sell them to me
post #29 of 29
I must say that after seeing the Hillcrest in white I don't hate bicycle toes quite as much. It looks like a great shoe for summer weekends. Bicycle toes seem to work best in whites and tans, but darker colours not so much. It just looks silly when I see people trying to wear them as dress shoes. It's almost as bad as wearing black sneakers with a suit.
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