Photo of the day: Adidas Eddy Merckx Super shoes
More retro. Back in '77, this was one of the shoes you very likely wore. Most guys used Detto Pietro, Adidas or Puma then. A rare few had Sidi's, or 'Colnago'.
All were black, leather, and you needed to polish them all the time to keep the uppers soft and shiny. Even back then, dirty shoes were not very 'pro'. You needed a shiny gleam to match that patent leather strap helmet. 'That's what we're talkin 'bout'.
|Puma Olympia Sprint Shoes |
Used a pair of those Puma's as a junior, then upgraded to a pair of those Colnago shoes... lighter, narrower, and softer uppers that fit like a glove when you pulled on thin cord laces. The cleat was pre- nailed in a fixed (straight on) position. I remember the guy who sold them to me told me that this was 'the currently accepted idea in the Italian racing, fixing cleats straight so that you 'trained' your body/legs to pedal straight'...(!)