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Old 2010-08-09, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi Top Skate Shoe for Unicycling

I was wondering what type of shoes everyone uses for unicycling. I frequently hit my ankles while unicycling and I thought these shoes would offer some ankle protection: http://www.sneakerobsession.com/4346...es-spartan-hi/

What do you think?

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Old 2010-08-09, 07:53 PM   #2
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i think only noobs wear shoes. barefoot all the way!
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Old 2010-08-09, 07:57 PM   #3
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Of course, high sport shoes gives you a grade of protection but I recommend you to buy ankle guards with protection for your "maleolos". Something like these http://es.decathlon.com/tobillera-id...a_8048298.html
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Old 2010-08-09, 11:22 PM   #4
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What do you think?
Duff's G4 hi

It has a nicer sole, without air or other nonsense.
Perfect for unicycle (I can say after having at least 7 pairs of Duff's gambler).

http://www.duffs.co.uk/default.aspx?scid=2&wb=1&pid=156
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Old 2010-08-10, 12:00 AM   #5
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I frequently hit my ankles while unicycling and I thought these shoes would offer some ankle protection...
If you frequently hit your ankles while unicycling then you're doing it wrong.
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Old 2010-08-10, 12:15 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Duffs for Uni Riding

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Duff's G4 hi

It has a nicer sole, without air or other nonsense.
Perfect for unicycle (I can say after having at least 7 pairs of Duff's gambler).

http://www.duffs.co.uk/default.aspx?scid=2&wb=1&pid=156
I'm a big fan of Duff's as well. A little bit of ankle protection and a sole that is relatively stiff. Good stuff, I love them
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Old 2010-08-10, 12:19 AM   #7
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This is why I hate having big feet.
Size 13 UK for the loss, I can barely find anything nice.
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Old 2010-08-10, 01:12 PM   #8
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I use a pair of ankle protectors that came with some soccer shin guards, look like a smaller version of the ones shown by the earlier poster.

Ankle hits from the cranks are terribly painful, learned that lesson once, got a serious bruise, put my ski season at jeopardy, won't ride without them unless I'm on my 36er.

I slip mine on under my socks, doesn't affect my shoe fit, don't even notice them unless my muni smacks my ankle, and then I just smile
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Old 2010-08-10, 01:26 PM   #9
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I'm a big fan of Duff's as well. A little bit of ankle protection and a sole that is relatively stiff. Good stuff, I love them
Yes, but not too stiff. I'm already using them since 2005. I tried Orchid, special designed for BMX, but after a number of dismounts the pain in my feet told me I'd better would go barefeet. Vans are also good (now that they have the better soles again), but they are far too wide for me. But Duff's have the best shape (at least for me).

@headcamguy: I don't know what kind of unicyclist you are, but personaly I prefer to have freedom to move your feet over protection. But sure you can have a protecting high shoe for learning ankle-killing stuff like kick-up, unispins, crank-idle, jump-mount, etc. Another option is putting a kind of foam in your socks. I use to use a rubber mousemat that I cut in pieces. Then when you continue to practise for example a ww variant you don't have to change shoes, just take the pieces out.
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Old 2010-08-10, 01:37 PM   #10
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With my old unicycle my foot would slip off the plastic pedals. I ordered a KH 24. I imagine the "grip" on those pedals will be better. Thank you for your help everyone.

Leo --> You bring up a good point. I will see how the new pedals treat me.

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Old 2010-08-10, 02:39 PM   #11
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Also found these: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sixsixo...ters-2009.html
Has anyone had experience with the SixSixOne Ankle Biters?

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Old 2010-08-10, 10:29 PM   #12
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Wow! Looks like the perfect solution!
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Has anyone had experience with the SixSixOne Ankle Biters?
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Old 2010-08-10, 10:46 PM   #13
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I ride almost exclusively in Converse hi tops. Bit of ankle scuff protection, plus for me they have exactly the right amount of grip/adjustability trade-off on the spikes on my pedals.

That said, if I'm going out in the evening I'm quite happy to ride in my creepers.
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Old 2010-08-12, 02:46 AM   #14
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Thanks for the posts. I found that my new pedals have enough "bite" and I haven't hit my ankle yet (knock on wood).

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Old 2010-08-12, 09:06 AM   #15
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Find these in black:
http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

They have close to a hard cup for the ankle bones. Perfect for ankle bites from missed mounts and protection for the ankles. They are a cloth covered semi rigid plate.

Mine are black with white lettering which is much more low key which I like

My local store carries black ones which I like because with my big calves these go on over my socks. Not sure why the website only carries white. Prolly not an issue if you wear them under soccer socks.

I like mine so much I bought a spare pair.

Can't beat the price
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