19/03/2012 | 33 comments
Dirt designer Jon Gregory likes shoes like Imelda Marcos likes…err…shoes, and can sniff out a footwear shop at fifty paces. He recently picked up the scent of some Teva kicks.
Words and Photos: Jon “Shoe” Gregory
I was invited down to the new Teva showroom in central London with colleague and Bikemagic editor David Arthur to get the snoop on some new mountain bike shoes. Exciting stuff.
Following on from the success of the Pinner and the Jeff Lenosky designed Links that were released last year Teva have expanded their range. For 2012 the footwear company have produced the Links in black along with a mid-size version of the shoe, again in black. The mid provides some extra protection around the ankle and is the favoured shoe of Teva sponsored rider Sam Pilgrim. All of the technical features of the shoe remain unchanged. It is already an increasingly popular sight on the trails and I guess the old saying of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ rings true with this shoe.
Wishing to appeal to a wider audience and still have a shoe that performs on a bike Teva have developed the more relaxed Crank and Crank mid. Inspired by an aging skateboarder aesthetic they are simple, muted and more down to earth than the full on performance characteristics of the Links. Both shoes share some of the same technical DNA however with almost identical undercarriages.
The Crank. Pub, office, garden…bike….supermarket. A bit of a lightweight all-rounder.
Available in the summer.
Will update when we get the prices.