San Francisco-based Chrome have introduced a new Red Sole line of footwear to complement their range of messenger bags and clothing.
There are four styles: Arnhem (US$90), Kursk (US$70), Midway (US$90) and Saipan (US$80). Made for urban/street non-clipless riding, the shoes have a gusseted tongue to keep the weather out and are made with 1,000 denier Cordura, a heavyweight nylon with a urethane coating.
"Chrome's designers paid close attention to fit," said spokesman Rob Reedy. "It wasn't enough to build durable, functional shoes; they also needed to ride well and fit the foot correctly. Footwear was the natural extension of Chrome's commitment to building durable functional products that last."
All models have a reflective strip on the heel for enhanced visibility, binding tape on all exposed edges to increase durability, a urethane-filled 'Crash Pad' for heel protection and a Texon board in the forefoot to prevent 'pedal poke'.
While the shoes may look like Vans skate shoes or Chuck Taylor Converse basketball shoes, Chrome were keen to include a glass-filled nylon shank to stiffen the midsole, increasing pedal stroke leverage; a 55A durometer outsole for better pedal grip; a toe cap for easy toe-clip cage entry; and a deep heel cup and arch support in the insole for enhanced fit while riding. For more information, visit www.chromebags.com.