Weather conditions can change in a split second and cyclists will be ready for the elements with Chrome Kursk Pro Bike Shoes. Put to test in snowy weather by the famed NYC Messengers during promotion, this shoe has made a name for itself by using a skid resistant rubber that is SPD cleat compatible. This helps fight all weather elements and additional features such as contoured footbed and a weather-resistant Cordura upper that is relatively easy to clean. As a total package, this Chrome Kursk Pro has the durability of a bike shoe, with the looks of a high-end sneaker.
With a hip look and a better feel, Chrome Kursk Pro Bike Shoes are the type of shoe one can wear anywhere - but are most useful on a bike, of course. A unique feature on this shoe is a skid resistant rubber sole that is SPD cleat compatible. This aids in terms of grip on the pedal and a contoured supported footbed supply both stability and flexibility when training at intense speeds. The Chrome Kursk Pro version is known to take a few trial runs to break in, but the payoff is a durable shoe that is built to last a long time.
Take a comfortable seat on the fence between walking comfort and riding performance, thanks to the Chrome Kursk Pro Shoe. Chrome took the shell of its top-selling Kursk Shoe and added SPD cleat compatibility to meet the demands of those who are on and off their bikes, day in and day out. In addition to the ultra-durable Cordura body, Chrome packed in a full-length nylon shank and a polyurethane slam pad to increase rigidity and eliminate pedal hot spots.
|Fabric:||1,000 denier Cordura|
|Product Source:||Guangzhou, China|
|Chrome Kursk||$74.95 - $75.00|
I've been commuting with this shoe for a couple months now and have been pretty pleased with its performance. You get exactly what you should expect: an adequate bike shoe and a comfortable if not slightly awkward regular shoe. The clips do rub a bit when you walk on hard surfaces (tap tap), and the soles are much stiffer than a normal shoe, but even so I find them fairly comfortable. I've stopped bringing in other shoes, and just wear these around my office (carpeted). The spd pedal do also rub a bit when I unclip, but that might just be my specific pedals. Either way, it hasn't really bothered me. My more serious grip is the heel cup sucks. It seems like they just slapped a stiffer sole and some cleat holes on their regular shoe without redesigning it at all. I have to tie the laces really tight to keep my heel from popping out. This is true when I'm biking and to a lesser extent when I'm just walking as well.
All in all, it's a decent bike shoe though I wouldn't want to ride a century in them and a decent normal shoe though I wouldn't want to go on a hike in them.
You can't beat these shoes for cleat-compatible style. I've worn them with a suit to a wedding. And they're pretty comfortable off the bike as far as cleat shoes go, so they're great for commuting.
Having said all that, I have some issues that are consistent with two pairs of these shoes: The SPD cleats definitely click/grind on the surface below as another user noted; The mounting plates aren't so precisely glued to the soles, so you'll need to use the tread as a guide rather than the slots or your cleats won't line up; After daily use for about 1000 bike miles they've developed an interesting squeak in the step; Most importantly, contrary to what others have reported I find they run about 1/2 size large, so order 1/2 down from what you usually wear.
I'd love to give these shoes more stars because I still rave about them when people ask, but the above issues do add up.
I like that companies are coming out with this kind of product as more and more of us are commuting to work, school, etc. The Chrome Kursk Pro has a true to size fit with a bit of a narrow fit and durable upper and laces so it can last longer than a few rides.
The sole is decently stiff too, so when you want to hammer down, you can. At the same time, people who enjoy a softer sole should take heed and maybe look elsewhere.
As for the SPD compatibility, it has its ups and downs. I attached a Shimano cleat on there and it did rub a bit. But, most smooth surfaces didn't bother me much. I think a Crank Brothers set up may be best as the cleat is really low profile.
Overall, a good shoe, but it becomes great after you do your homework on it.