- If you are a dedicated summer cycling commuter or want to cruise to the local café, these new riding shoes could work great.
- Riders who want the comfort of a regular shoe, with the power transfer of clipless pedals, have some excellent custom footwear options.
- But nothing is quite as wonderfully strange, as the new Crocs range, from France.
Cycling shoes are great for training and racing, but not always the most comfortable daywear. Especially on hot days.
Whether cruising to that remote working venue or meeting friends at a local eatery this summer, you might want something comfier. And more casual.
Few shoe models represent summer walking comfort better than Crocs. Although they are deeply divisive in appearance and considered a veritable fashion crime by some, cycling Crocs could be this summer's new look.
Offering the breathability and comfort of a sandal, with the pedalling power of a clipless sole, these new Crocs could be the ultimate casual rider shoe.
Giving the Crocs more bite
They aren't an official product development from Crocs, but rather the work of Valcko Studios. Produced in Paris, the Valcko Studios cycling Crocs feature an embedded sole box, where you can fit your choice of cleat.
Alex Valcko is an experienced rider, and as with all things Parisian, deeply fashion-conscious. He is also a three-time bike polo champion and knows the value of a fashionable street shoe, modified for clipless pedal riding.
Alex's company specializes in creating clipless versions of fashionable footwear, without ruining shoe durability. Instead of merely drilling thread bores into the sole, to allow mounting bolts for a clipless pedal cleat, Valcko Studios cuts, shapes and integrates a proper cleat box.
This is not the first clipless pedal cycling sandal. Shimano has marketed a clipless touring sandal for years, but nobody has yet tried to make the ironically iconic Crocs, into a clipless cycling shoe.