New cycling shoes
For the first time in about six years, I've bought some new cycling shoes. My old Sidi shoes were starting to look decidedly tatty, so I shopped around for replacements.
I found these: Dromarti Race expensive, but beautiful. So expensive, that they would be the most expensive footware I'd ever own.
The shoes were advertised in the cycling press too, and I lusted over the advert in CTC's Cycle for a while, and allowed the page to fall open so Hilary could see it, and she said, "Go on, order them, you know you want to! Anyway, with all the cycling you do, you'd get years of use out of them. Go on, order a pair, it's ok, just do it."
So in June last year I did. The trouble was, they were out of stock! The nice chap at Dromarti (Martin) was apologetic but said there would be more coming in soon so he would keep the order open. Then Italy went on Summer Hols and production ceased for the whole of August.
September came and went, and the latest problem was they had to wait for the special leather to come from somewhere – special cattle? October and November and December came, went and still nothing happened. January came, and Martin emailed me saying they would despatched at the end of the month.
February came ........... and a couple of days ago, the postman delivered a box!
These shoes are as beautiful as the photograph shows. I tried them on, and they fitted firmly – as only new leather shoes can – the laces are also leather and my feet felt like a million dollars. I didn't want to take them off! Hilary drew the line about my suggestion that I may wear them in bed!
Today, I fitted a new set of Campagnolo ProFit cleats and adjusted the position as near as I could get them using my old Sidi's as a gauge. As the shoes are a slightly different shape, I couldn't be very accurate. With my old shoes, I could fit new cleats in exactly the right place as I marked the soles. With new shoes, you can only make a guess.
Any road up, off I went for 12 mile ride sporting my new shoes. I didn't get the position spot on, especially the left one. Campag ProFits are "floating" so the angle is never much of an issue, but fore and aft and left and right has to be quite accurate. They weren't so far out that they ruined the pleasure of the ride, but I knew I'd have to tweak them a bit before another ride.
Trial and error will win in the end, and I'm sure me and my Dromartis will be long-standing friends.