November 23, 2010

What shoes do you wear...

... when you go biking?

29 comments:

MadisonMan said...

I see no evidence that she is riding a bike, which is what I assume you mean by biking. She is walking with it. Perhaps she has stolen it.

edutcher said...

Good one, MadMan. My thoughts, exactly.

The Blonde doesn't bike after doing in both her knees. That's one thing about nurses - they all have the same complaints - broken backs, broken knees, broken feet.

Penny said...

French mothers never leave home without their fashionable shoes. Babies, however, are optional.

ndspinelli said...

If you're a red headed French whore you wear high heels...after 5 pm, of course.

Bob said...

Elegant lady, elegant old bike. Great picture. Definitely the wrong shoes for riding it, though.

ricpic said...

Oui Monsieur, vous peux louer mon velo, ou vous peux louer moi, ou voux peux louer les deux!

AllenS said...

If you don't actually get on the bike, it doesn't matter.

DADvocate said...

Definitely the wrong shoes for riding it, though.

And for walking. Shoes point out female masochism more than anything.

Anne B. said...

In my biking days, I wore Keds. The soft, canvas, low-type Keds.

I hope that woman doesn't actually ride a bike in those shoes. Imagine if she took a spill in traffic - how long would it take her to disengage?

Sarah said...

I used to ride my bike to work everyday in Japan in stilettos and a skirt. And I wasn't alone - lots of the Japanese women did the same. You just hook the heels over the back of the pedal and away you go (careful, of course, in how you sit, what with the skirt and all).

Donald said...

A podiatrist's wet dream.

peter hoh said...

Elegant bikes, with the occasional glimpse of sensible shoes.

Shanna said...

Those shoes look like torture devices, they are very high but they do seem to have a thick heel, which is easier for walking than a stiletto.

rhhardin said...

$8.99 off-brand crocs from the supermarket.

In wet weather, no-holes actual crocs.

In snow, boots.

Schorsch said...

Whatever shoes I'm wearing that day, if I'm just commuting by bike. A leisurely ride through neighborhoods on a non-aggro bike gets me to work in under 10 minutes, no sweat, no lycra, no special shoes, no problem. Also no helmet, but let's not get into that.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Sidi Genius Pro with Speedplays

Penny said...

"Shoes point out female masochism more than anything."

It may seem that way, given "fashionable" style choices since Cinderella wore those glass slippers to the ball.

Remember those glass slippers? They only fit ONE woman, for cripes sake!

At least now, the rest of us ugly stepsisters can squeeze into something called a "fashionable shoe".

It's PROGRESS, I tell you!

Michael said...

Cheap Shimanos with Shimano cleats. The bike in the picture is a Danish bike, I believe, an urban cool dream of a bike that serves as the equivalent of an American high speed train for Euros: slow but cool looking. You will note in the comments section that the women drool over the bike and see themselves riding one being cool and Euro and perhaps headed to an after tryst or at the very least a latte from an independent coffee shop.

Methadras said...

I wear my Nike's. However, looking at that picture on the Satorialist, I do have to say that it looks hot.

ken in sc said...

When I lived in Korea, it was fashionable for families to climb a mountain on Sunday afternoon. I saw women in heels, high above me, in areas that would terrify me, seemingly totally comfortable.

Deb said...

I've seen women riding a bike in London traffic, wearing a tight skirt & high heels.

wv: hausant.

William said...

The TSA would not let her fly, and so she had to take up biking.

Juba Doobai! said...

I wear toe sneakers so I can feel everything.

Moose said...

Damn, French women are hot!!

James said...

Wow!!! That bicycle gave me a flashback. I remember my mother riding a similar-looking bike back in Georgetown, Guyana in the early '60s.

As I recall they were made by Raleigh, a British company and we derisively called them "duck belly" bikes because of the shape of the frame.

The bike is surely an antique judging by the generator that presses against the front wheel to power the lamp on the front fork; and the crank case enclosure so your pant leg or skirt wouldn't get caught in the chain.

Sure enough I looked up "duck belly" online and found this reference to the local vernacular:

Preggie a.k.a. Duck-Belly; Old-model bicycle with a deep curved bar connecting front and back. Source of deep embarassment for any school-kid if a relative was seen riding one.

rdkraus said...

Normal. In Paris. Was there a couple of years ago and there are rental bikes all over (+ others) with women in what are obviously work clothes (skirts, heels, etc.) riding. Being French, they manage to do it quite tastefully somehow.

The Crack Emcee said...

What shoes do you wear when you go biking?

The ones I have on.

Is this a trick question or something?

Lucien said...

Oh those silly French women. They use bicycles for actual transportation instead of a way of showing us that they exercise.(Well, it's not just the French, you could see the same thing in Copenhagen, but maybe a little less chic.)

Blue@9 said...

Um, cleated cycling shoes?