Daddy’s Got a New Pair of Shoes


Yeah, I know that line has probably been way overdone, but I just couldn’t resist using it for the title of today’s post….and for good reason.  Not only am I going to tell you about the hot new pair of Pearl Izumi Road Race shoes I just got, but my Daughter Kassi is also going to tell you about the Pearl Izumi running shoes she’s now wearing as well.

Although cycling is my passion and a sport I love like no other, I can still often be a little cheap when it comes to spending money on certain equipment and clothing. One example is definitely with my shoes.  The first pair of cycling shoes I ever owned were the least expensive option at the shop where I bought my first road bike….I’m not ever sure what brand they were.

My next set of shoes were Shimano and definitely a step up, but still one of the cheapest options available to me.  I’ve just never felt that spending more money on cycling shoes would pay off in comfort and performance….until now.

The incredible folks over at Outside PR have been very good to me, and this time they sent over a set of Pearl Izumi Road Race shoes for me to try out.

Upon opening up the box, a huge smile hit me when those white and red babies hit me in the eyes.  My other two pairs of shoes were both black and I had always wanted a white pair.  I immediately switched out my clips and within about 5 minutes of being out on my bike with these things….I was totally in love.

Shoes can definitely make a difference in your ride and power.  Seriously.  My pedal stroke felt so much stronger and they just felt so good on my feet.  Even the look of them ignited me to ride faster…and I caught myself looking down at them probably just a little too often.

I won’t get into too much detail on the specs for these shoes…you can head over to Pearl Izumi to find out more.  But I will tell you that having one of those ratchet style buckle closure on your shoes is a very good thing.  It locks your foot into the shoe at just the right squeezability and makes the shoe work stroke for stroke with your foot.

These shoes retail for $130, but you can likely find them a low as $100 if you shop around online.  I’m not sure what your cycling shoe budget is, but I can tell you that putting a little more money into them than you think is necessary will definitely pay itself off.

Pearl Izumi Syncro Fuel Road Shoe

by Kassi

Pearl Izumi makes many things, shoes, shorts, jerseys, and accessories.  I recently tried out a pair of Pearl Izumi Syncro Fuel running shoes. They are very beautiful shoes, but they didn’t seem to work for me.  They were the size I usually get for shoes, but they felt a bit small.  Maybe their sizing is a bit smaller than other brands.  The main reason why I did not enjoy the shoes so much, is because of how uncomfortable they felt. I do enjoy the look of the shoes.  For me, even when I’m running, style is important!!

I wore them on a bike ride as well and my feet didn’t hurt.  I think that for me, the shoes are only good for walking!

Ryders Jig Sunglasses 

by Kassi

I was sent a pair of Ryders Jig Sunglasses.  These sunglasses are great!! They feel really comfortable and I especially like the lens colour.  I have another pair of sunglasses, but I really like the Ryders!!  They are really good for blocking the sun!!  Like I said before, style, is very important to me, and I have to say, these sunglasses are FULL of style!!

A wolf in sheep’s clothing. Casual, full-rim styling hides the performance features of this top-selling, smaller-fitting model. – Ryders Jig Sunglasses

They are also very durable.  I have dropped them more than once on tile floor, and THANKFULLY, they haven’t broken!!


Enjoy Your Ride

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2 Responses to “ Daddy’s Got a New Pair of Shoes ”

  1. Trimon29 on August 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    So very very cool.
    Love that you both are writing reviews. I have been the same way as you Darryl. The shoes I currently ride in were from a discontinued line that I carried in the shops I used to own. They were gathering dust at the shop and there was a pair my size. There you have it.

    Its funny becuase I preached to my customers about the importance of a good shoe, and I beleive that. I will definitely check out a pair of Pearl Izumi road shoes like you reviewed. In general I am a fan of thier products and suspect that I would also like these a lot.

    And with my beautiful blue bike I will look pretty dang patriotic too.!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      With my blue and white Madone, I’m looking pretty dang patriotic as well….and I’m not even American.  Thanks for your input and let me know if you get some new shoes.

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