Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Greg0
Biking Shoes Two: KEEN Springwater II
Manhattan bike rides tend to be pretty short-distance, compared with the ones we would take in the Bay Area. Unless you’re really getting out of the city, in which case, there are some amazing nearby day rides for those in shape and with the desire for a workout. It’s on these longer rides, especially, the biking footwear comes in handy.
Yesterday, we looked at a pair of SPD-compatible shoes that looked great but compromised in a couple of ways. Today’s pair, the KEEN Springwater IIs, take the three-strap velcro approach. This leads to a more secure fit and better overall comfort while biking, but definitely at a cost to style. Available in black/yellow (like ours), or gargoyle/apricot (yes, seriously), like many cycling shoes, you should plan on purchasing about a half-size smaller than your normal street footwear for best results.
As we said before, this type of specialist footwear is aimed at serious cyclists- those with the pedals that will really make the shoes worth it. The Springwater IIs were solid, rugged, held up well to water, though weren’t as breathable as tennis shoes or your average sneakers. We found them pretty street-capable though, for quick jaunts at least. Cycling shoes are an interesting extension for the company, best known for their sandals. And while these are still fairly heavy, they do offer great support. Unless you need ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, definitely try on a pair of these when you can- they hold up to the best of cycling shoes and run a reasonable $110 online and in stores.