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Shoe shopping from Bicycling, Circa 1980

A guest post by Archival Associate, Tom B. Like Lesli, I pine for the ability to mail order from the past – just a single Montgomery Ward’s catalog would be acceptable. But I’m experiencing similar saudade as I leaf through Bicycling magazines from the early 1980s. The articles are fine, but it’s the advertisements that …

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Archival Footwear: Traditional Leather Touring Shoes

Carnac Forclaz (discontinued) Vintage leather cycling shoes (anon.) ExIT cycling shoes by Jeff Mandel Bata bikers (discontinued) Sidi leather touring shoes (discontinued) Bata “badminton” shoes (discontinued) If I had to design my own line of footwear–I’d repurpose leather cycling shoes and advise folks to wear cushioning insoles. At the Oregon Manifest handbuilt bike show, I …

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