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fd3

Ethical cycle shoes
« on: September 07, 2019, 04:22:38 pm »
Thinking primarily “non sweatshop” with a follow up on veggie/vegan and low carbon if possible
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Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 04:29:48 pm »
I think Sidi shoes are made in Romania using synthetic materials, ie "plastic" which I guess are ultimately derived from crude oil.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2019, 04:38:03 pm »
Luck shoes are ostensibly made in Spain - I don't know how much of it is true. I like mine though. Also mine are leather. https://luck-bike.es/en/mountain-bike-shoes/matrix-1132.html#/color-matrix_negro

Got them from PX for £45.

PX bought up this Italian artisan chap's stock the other month. https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/SHLVVR01/luigino-verducci-vr01-handmade-road-shoes

I do like the gold ones... But I think they're three bolt only.

I think your best bet is just getting a second hand pair.
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fd3

Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2019, 12:25:13 am »
That PX link made me laugh - how much??? The luck shoes, "real" leather?  I would have thought that would be heavy and melts in the rain - synthetic options would be cheaper, lighter and more resistant.  I just had a thought that E85 is probably more than £85 these days...
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 02:03:48 am »
The luck ones have been great since I got them... A year ago? Done my 400, 600km audaxes on them, cross racing and a bunch more. I don't know what the spec of the leather is.

Yeah I know the Italian ones are dear but if you want the handcrafted gubbins made by blind artisan monks instead of eastern factory workers then that seems to be the cost.
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Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 04:03:36 pm »
 It not a typical price.

You could look up Arturo Cycle Shoe by William Lennon in Stone Middleton, Derbyshire (where my Dad was born)

Not designed for cliess though

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2019, 11:46:50 am »
I think your best bet is just getting a second hand pair.
This is probably the most "ethical" in almost all cases.
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2019, 11:57:46 am »
I think your best bet is just getting a second hand pair.
This is probably the most "ethical" in almost all cases.

Loosely related:  I find that cycling shoes last much longer than walking shoes, as I don't destroy them from the inside by walking in them, and the wear is concentrated on a replaceable insole and cleat.

In the 12 years or so since re-discovering cycling, I've only worn out one pair of civvy docs, and have one pair of MTB shoes that are starting to get tatty.  Previously I'd kill a pair of docs in a couple of years.
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T42

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Re: Ethical cycle shoes
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2019, 01:42:59 pm »
Dunno about the ethics, but Carnac shoes had thick cardboard inlays under the footbeds towards the end.  I very much doubt it was about saving the planet, though, more like saving themselves from bankruptcy.

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