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The Bontrager Wingtip

bontrager-wingtip As far as cycling shoes goes, the usual racer-centric designs tend to leave urban riders underwhelmed as most folks don’t want to look like Ronald McDonald in neon shoes clicking around the grocery store or bar. A number of manufacturers have come out with more subdued yet still cycling specific shoes, with Bontrager now jumping into the fray with the pictured Wingtips. The shoes feature full leather uppers with a primary closure of laces covered with a buckled hood, with a rubber sole and nylon reinforcement to give it the right mix of flexibility for walking and stiffness for riding. There is even some reflective material hidden in there, ading a bit of extra visibility to those late rides. Unlike some shoes along these lines, the Wingtips are SPD compatible rather than ust for use within the confines of toe-cages. No word on pricing or availability and there is no information available on the Bontrager website quite yet, but I’d expect to see these come spring if not sooner…

28 Comments

  1. ChesterDecember 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I dunno…they seem like the finishing touch to someone’s Geppetto Halloween costume.

  2. andrewDecember 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    sorry, that looks kind of ed hardy to me. wish it was a more subtle wingtip design.

  3. terryDecember 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I hate to admit it, but they’re kinda cool.
    a great way to meet the fist of the local RedNeck

  4. SteveDecember 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    They look just a little off. A more classic looking wingtip would be nice. Also, that buckle looks too large. Something a bit lower profile would be nice. A pair of shoes like this would be nice though so I wouldn’t have to change shoes once I got to work.

  5. Fatty McBastardDecember 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I like the direction they’reheading but it needs to be refined a bit. Perhaps to more closely resembke a model of shoes people would actually wear. Reminds me of the theory behind the SPD compatible Race Vogs John Fluevog made a while back (late 90′s perhaps). Some day someone will make a socially acceptabl SPD compatible townie shoe….

  6. JamieDecember 18, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I guess I’m the only one so far, but I really like ‘em. I’d probably even get ‘em if they didn’t even have cleats.

  7. MattDecember 18, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Bicycles aren’t allowed at the renaissance fair.

  8. Brent WorthingtonDecember 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Any one caught in these elven wears will be called Ned Flanders.

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  10. Matt S.December 19, 2009 at 2:43 am

    I like them a lot, and would consider buying them. But the buckle is a bit much.

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  12. carterDecember 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Do they come with the buddy holly sunglasses?

  13. jdmitchDecember 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Glad they’re bringing these out, but would much have prefered the mahogony polished ones that went with Trek’s Bishop concept bike…

  14. entplexDecember 20, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    While this is defiantly a step in the right direction as far as starting to think about more fashionable SPD compatible shoes, the design of this shoes needs to pick a style and stick with it rather than trying to mix and mash a bankers tie show with rustic accents. Maybe the second draft could be more stylistically developed and visually refined. I really like the buckle and laces, but the holes and ginger bread make this look more like something my grandpa would wear. On another note, while a very stiff sole is nice to ride with, a firm plastic piece making the sole inflexible makes wearing them harsh… maybe some kind of material that gives a bit but is still fairly firm could be used. Not sure what these use, but I figured I would through that out there since that has been one of my frustrations with my current general use biking shoes (or should I call them a hideous low-cut hiking boot).

  15. ChristopherDecember 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I’m a big fan.

  16. ShellyDecember 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Nice enough, on the right footing!

  17. d*powDecember 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I find it humorous that any one finds these any more dorky than ANY OTHER SHOE ON THE MARKET. I mean I saw people drooling over all yellow shoes in the Mavic booth this fall. This is a great first attempt, they’ll get better. They do make me miss the Race Face Vogs (http://www.selfpropelledcity.com/read.php?spcfetch=10&spcindex=120&spcart=78) from the 1990s. I gotta think Gary Fisher gets the first pair of these.

  18. chrisDecember 24, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Seems like the shoes are getting a bunch of hate.. I personally like the shoes… I ride to work everyday and sometimes I wanna dress up but dont want to wear some carbon looking, neon yellow or motorcycle looking shoes to work then have to change shoes when i get there..

    long story short there pretty nice

  19. Ben CDecember 26, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Not bad, a good idea. Need some more upper materials, and to get rid of the fleur-de-lis detailing. But if you don’t like them, dont worry; knowing Bontrager, they probably won’t be available for a long time…

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  21. AholeronaldJanuary 1, 2010 at 2:11 am

    These are sick. Fing sick. I’m out.

  22. Tom BaroneJanuary 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I’ll stick with my Vans– “wingtips on a SS ” — NOT!

  23. nexusJanuary 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

    This is stupid.. wearing fashionable wingtips at work as you rip up the timber floor of the boardroom with your spd cleats!

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  25. Bunny de la CruzJanuary 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Sweet I hope it comes with Scotchlite reflectors.

  26. AugydoggyMay 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Honestly, all this bicycle specialty clothing is not necessary as we’re not competing in the Olympics – we’re just riding from point A to point B. Most of us just wear ordinary sneakers when we ride bicycles and they work just fine. I have also ridden in boots, sandals, and dress shoes – if you can walk in ‘em you can probably ride in ‘em.

  27. Jesse HattabaughOctober 4, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Damn near perfect! I’d take them in a darker color of leather. Very original combination of classy leather work and sport function. If you don’t like them you can keep wearing your Tour De France shoes and let me be the best looking cyclist on the street. Bontrager please make these!

  28. JanFebruary 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Let me guess, they never have been sold ?!

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