Cycling Shoes of Distinction again

You will, if you have done the right thing and treated yourself to a long history of reading articles on this blog, know that a few posts have occurred over the years that have concerned themselves with noting less than the search for a decent, traditional (i.e. non-cleated) cycling shoe.   I have looked for a long time and, whilst I currently  use a pair of Quoc Pham shoes, I do find them cold in the wintery months and so have always been looking to bolster my foot comfort with something a little more, shall we say, robust.

Trawling through the cycling magazines, and whisking my face away from the page when confronted with the awfulness that is the carbon-soled, white leather ‘roadie’ shoe that is the current mode, I have uncovered such delights as the Reynolds handmade touring shoe, and I have also invested in a pair of Exustar touring shoes as well.  However, quite by chance, I found another British-made, indeed hand-made, cycling shoe and I thought I should tell you about it.

William Lennon and Co have been making shoes by hand for some three generations in the Hope Valley in good old post-industrial Derbyshire.  This part of the country, a hotbed of be-sideburned and top hatted Victorian industrialists in its day, has a fair number of surviving (even thriving) long-established businesses, John Smedley knitwear also hailing from these parts.  Lennons make all sorts of specialist footwear, such as Shepherds boots (curled toward the toe, because they generally walk up hill), farmers boots, and…..tucked away within the vast listings, a handmade cycling shoe – the Arturo.

This shoe, a solid looking traditional touring model, has a leather upper and a rubber sole.  They will make them for you by hand with a three week turnaround, and the price is a very reasonable £44.95 including p&p.  For that price, it would be difficult to go wrong.  Click here for more details – and you heard it here first. (though they have been around for a while, so maybe youdidn’t…..)


3 responses

  1. I have been looking for a good pair of riding shoes (non cleated). Thank you for the posting!

    July 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

  2. DuncP

    So good to find these on the web and a blast from my past!! As a student in the 80’s, for a bit of pocket money I used to pack these shoes for Arturo’s original owner, Arthur Nachman in Leeds. The whole “operation” happened out of a lock-up garage!! There used to be 3 models if I remember; this one (the “classic”), one with white trim on the leather “A” and one with large ventilation holes all over it, which at the time I thought was crazy-radical but now would be retro-cool. Mr Nachman very kindly gave me a pair when I left for uni which are tucked away somewhere at my mum’s in Leeds – to be dug out next time I visit. Nostalgia – love it!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    • paulmor

      Good to hear about the history Duncan, if I ever wear out my Exustars I will get myself a pair!

      August 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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