Friday, April 24, 2009

A Shoe Deal!!

I had a 90 minute massage scheduled after work. Once I was done I called in a take out order to my favourite sushi restaurant and I had about 30 to 45 minutes before it would be ready. I opted to wander around Kensington and visit Ridley's Cycle. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, I just enjoy wandering around the local bike shop. I stepped up the the cycling shoes and noticed some baskets full of shoes on the ground. Tons of men's shoes, maybe three pairs of women's road/triathlon shoes and maybe another three or four pairs of women's mountain biking shoes. All of the women's shoes were a size 40.

I picked up a pair and looked at the price tag. They looked like a huge deal! Unfortunately they were too small. I grabbed a different style to try on just in case. They felt like heaven on my feet. They are the Shimano SH-TR50, a triathlon specific shoe. Rather than my other shoes that have three velcro straps, this has one big strap. The big loop at the back makes it easy to pull these on. Easy on, easy off!
CIMG5337The front of the shoe is also really well ventilated. Inside at the ankle is nicely padded for a snug and comfortable fit. I think these will be really comfortable without socks.CIMG5341The shoes have a carbon fiber sole.CIMG5338There is also a little hole in the sole near the toes. I guess this is to allow for water to drain through after the swim? Pretty cool, eh?CIMG5339These shoes are a 2008 sample pair, which explains why every pair was a size 40. They look to retail for about $170 US, $250 Canadian. I got these babies for $59.99!?!? I got the cleats put on for a few more dollars. I love me a deal and cannot wait to try these out!!

16 comments:

Run Sarah said...

Awesome deal! Those look so comfortable and lightweight.

RoadBunner said...

Those look awesome. And a great deal! Are you going to start being super hardcore and going sockless?

Melanie Tait said...

Wow that's a great deal! Don't new shoes just brighten your life and your training for at least a couple of days?

Your blog is great. I came across it today and have really been enjoying it!

Lily on the Road said...

Sweeetttt!!

I'm headed to a cycle / bike sale today ~ Hoping to find shoes too!!

Marlene said...

Nice deal! Slick shoes, too!

Keith said...

Sweet! This is the one disadvantage of not being a shopper, I never see deals like this.

See you Sunday morning, have a great race!

joyRuN said...

SCORE!!!

Enjoy :)

Melanie said...

Sweet deal for sure, they're cute too!

teacherwoman said...

Nice shoes! What a steal! :) I love my Shimanos

cinc said...

yes, the hole is for post swim, but there's also a number of 'hardcore' types who will ummm, well, pee while on the bike, and well, this hole allows for that to leave (or else it'll pool in the shoe which would be REALLY gross).
;-)

My husband's shoes after IMC last year were not the same....

that'd a great deal btw. Enjoy them.

Wes said...

Yup. Shimano makes good shoes! Cha ching!!!

Run For Life said...

WOW that is a steal!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Women and their shoes.......

Amber Dawn said...

Yes that is a great deal considering I paid about 200 bucks for them last year.
I unfortunately am not a big fan of them, that hole near the toes is really painful on long rides and my toes have just never been comfortable in them.
I have heard other people with the same ones that love them though, and on short rides they are fine.

Hope your race went well today! Look forward to the RR!!

Missy said...

I love a killer deal. That rocks. I want some new shoes...mine are the three strap jobbies too. Tri shoes look niceeee!

lindsay said...

what a steal! very cool :) hope they work out for you!