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    Who makes the ugliest MTB shoes?

    I've been reminiscing as I browse through 90s era MTB magazines, and back in the day, shoes were so dang ugly. Blue, silver, neon yellow. Now most people do black or white, with maybe a dab of red. Who makes the ugliest shoes, regardless of price?

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    1st-gen Teva Links, hands down.

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    funny you mention this. As fashion seems to cycle around, it is becoming quite apparent that the current trend is a resurgence in the brightness of the day-glo and flourescent 80s period.

    And as winter approaches, I'd almost wager we'll see a surge in popularity of the Bill Cosby sweater. (kids, you might have to google that one)

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    Not sure I like the appearance of any mtb shoes, even fresh out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBike View Post
    1st-gen Teva Links, hands down.
    Not even close, you could always change the laces in those. My nominee would have to be the first gen Sidi Dominator in electric blue/neon green. Funny thing is I had a pair of those for 15 YEARS. And I loved them ...most comfortable MTB shoe I've ever owned, and they cost me the least. Got those bad boys at the Nashbar outlet store in Youngstown,Ohio back in '94 for the princely sum of $15.

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    Northwave makes some horrible ones. Their Extreme tech is amongst the worst and so is the sparta...

    https://www.wigglestatic.com/images/...tb-12-zoom.jpg

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    Five Ten. Damn, a lot of their kicks are fugly.

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    fiveten impacts. a face only a mother could love. ok, i love mine. i get plenty of "damn, those are fugly" looks but stealth rubber..

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    Does Troy Lee Designs make shoes? If they do, those would be the ugliest.

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    The new Sidi Drakos are just ugly enough for me to enjoy: https://www.sidiamerica.com/sidi/sid...ko_yel_pss.png
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    Are there good-looking mtb shoes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    The new Sidi Drakos are just ugly enough for me to enjoy: https://www.sidiamerica.com/sidi/sid...ko_yel_pss.png
    yeah, those are fantastic!

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    My 5 10 carvers are plenty ugly. It's always fun to watch people trying to come up with a positive comment about them.

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    My 5.10 impacts are so ugly i have to sneak up on them as not to wake them before i put them on.......
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    Yup, Northwave was my first thought as well. Some of the new Sidis are pretty ugly as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's L'axeman View Post
    My 5.10 impacts are so ugly i have to sneak up on them as not to wake them before i put them on.......

    I think they look cool.... How do you like em otherwise?
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    One wote for NW!

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    My Shimano AM45s are pretty ugly, but they make my feet damn happy.
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    +1 for NW, Mavic shoes aren't lookers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trodaq View Post
    I think they look cool.... How do you like em otherwise?
    LOL, I have an old friend in a nursing home, as i ride there i often have my 5.10s on, i have had two nurses and countless old men n women say, '' gee they look like nice shoes, are they made expecially for your feet, do you have walking problems'' LOL then i realised they look like the shoes that people wear when they have one leg shorter than the other ..
    The old guys love them.
    I wore them to my mums for xmas day once, my mum n my sister who are both very fashion
    aware, both said when i got there ''what in the hell are those things on your feet, they are ridiculous and stupid the ugliest shoes theve ever seen, take those off you cant let the extended family see you in those, go bare feet you look like an idiot''.. LOL...

    But regardless of all the comments which i find pretty funny i actually am in full agreement with them all, they look totally ridiculous, infacf apart from some of the bright 5.10s they are the ugliest shoes ever made in history, but they do the job so i wear em...

    forgot to say the shoes are 5.10 impacts low cut.....
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    I think most the Shimano shoes are good looking and don't call to much attention to themselves. My first pair were these ugly blue things and lucky for me the bottoms started to peel away so they exchanged them for last years model which look a lot like the ones above. Which was good for me because my bike is red To bad they don't make the pair above anymore but the newer styles look pretty good. I'd like to get a pair of these.

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    Don't worry about the style too much. When you're covered in a layer of dirt, it all matches tastefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    it all matches tastefully.
    LOL, I think you missed my point....

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    Just bought myself a pair of 5.10 Sam Hill 2's. My wife says they are a cross between b/w girls saddle shoes, and a pair of circus clown shoes.

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    Heh, I see. I guess the replies made me forget the OP, as I've checked out a number of those and their looks are not bad. The ones with bright colors that shine through dirt are the worst, especially if you mismatch or go for a non-masculine look:




    There are some weird looking prints, but they're not that bad when you actually put them on:




    Hard to beat stuff like Vibram's offerings, in the ugliest shoe contest:




    Some shoes simply don't go well with spandex. Something like FiveTen Karvers goes better with other protective gear. I wear 'em and love 'em:
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    Northwave makes some horrible ones. Their Extreme tech is amongst the worst and so is the sparta...

    https://www.wigglestatic.com/images/...es-12-zoom.jpg

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    I love my lime green spartas

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    My first thought was the Northwave Extremetech as mentioned above, since the colors are so eye searing they could be a Land Shark paintjob.
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