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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.

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  1. tyeeshaApril 10, 2010 at 12:45 am

    lame, leather.

  2. meligrosaApril 10, 2010 at 12:58 am

    id be into these if they were hightops ;-)

  3. carlaApril 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Ditto the hightop request!!!!!

    I wear my Bronx mids in the saddle, and they’re a bit wide for English/Aussie/cross country stirrups.

    A high top Coronado would give great support on long trail rides, help prevent stirrup fatigue, and be very functional on foot, both in the mountains and around the barn.

    There would be a large market for this shoe in the trail riding and endurance equestrian community!

  4. dougApril 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I’m into these. I use clips on a set of MKS Touring pedals for all the riding I do (long tours included) and am always on the lookout for good shoes to go with them. I think the Chrome shoes look really stupid but these are alright.

  5. ClockcycleApril 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Interesting, gonna check them out and see how they fit. as the saying goes, if the shoes fits, wear it..

  6. DavidApril 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I got a pair of these from Onlineshoes.com. They fit great and are well-made. I love the stiff soles. The problem is that the big rubber toe-box does not fit in my clips. I wear a size 12, so maybe this would not be a problem with smaller sizes. I will be sad to send them back. I’m wondering if they would work with Power Grips. Obviously, I could just ditch the clips and straps, but I prefer riding with them.

  7. Keen Springwater II Cycling Shoes « Urban VeloMarch 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

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  8. Recumbent KayakerMarch 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I second the motion that there’s no need for smelly slaughterhouse by-products in shoes. If they were cruelty-free, I’d wear them.

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