KEEN Coronado Cruiser Shoes
In a nutshell, Keen decided to make some simple shoes for riding bikes with platform pedals. They built on their successful Coronado model, adding a stiffer sole and used even more recycled materials to appeal to the ever growing “green” consumer market.
From a fashion perspective, you either love Keen or hate them. The wide toe-box is their signature, and with few exceptions their shoes are unmistakable in a crowd. What’s particularly nice about this model is that they fit right in with the non-profit/art/education crowd that I’m so often a part of. Yet, they’re completely functional on and off the bike. Like most quality footwear, they did require a bit of a breaking in period, but they’ve continued to get more and more comfortable with time.
Of course these are cycling shoes, so I would be remiss to gloss over their cycling benefits. The soles are stiff. Not carbon-fiber road shoe stiff, but stiff enough to put down plenty of power without feeling the edges of the pedals. The rubber on the bottom of the soles is fairly soft, which makes them grip the pedals nicely. And the toe is shielded with a rubber cap, which serves to protect your feet should your feet come off the pedals unexpectedly.
The Coronado Cruisers ship with two sets of laces and retail for $80. Visit www.keenfootwear.com for more info.