Stomp Lox Slack, a Bicycle Shoe for the Remainder of Us


I’ve a confession… I really like me some Ronnie Romance (aka Turbo Romance, Extremely Romance, Papi, or Ultranicus). His potential to not take himself or biking too significantly is refreshing to me. I like his entire deal, from his bike’s aesthetics to his precise philosophy on driving and biking tradition. His potential to take all of it and apply it to the distinctive merchandise he’s been having made and promoting by means of Ron’s Bikes and Ultradynamico has been enjoyable to observe because it grows.

Some time in the past I wrote a chunk on Ron’s new biking shoe collaboration with Stomp Lox. The SPD-compatible bicycle shoe was referred to as Slack. It was a biking shoe that sported a pleasant different look when in comparison with a typical biking shoe. Plus it seemed prefer it had a pleasant, wide-toe field… I actually dug the seems of it and wished to attempt a pair.

Sadly, Ron wasn’t capable of ship over a pair of the brown high grain mannequin for me to overview however was capable of introduce me to Mamyia at Stomp Lox Japan on to get a pair of the olive suede type despatched over to me to check out.

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe tongue lable
Picture c. R. Frazelle

Observe: The model of the Stomp Lox Slack that’s bought by means of Ron’s Bikes is made completely for them in Japan, and is available in sizes 8 by means of 13. Ron’s Bikes model has the LeRon Tulip label on the tongue and comes with brass {hardware}. The model of the Slack that I obtained instantly from Stomp Lox is made in China, and doesn’t have brass {hardware}, or the tulip label, and solely is available in black suede or olive suede.

Slack Out of the Field

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe getting the box
Picture c. R. Frazelle

After I obtained the Slack and opened the field, I discovered that the shoe seemed a lot narrower than the photographs. They had been packaged nicely and arrived undamaged. I used to be shocked that the sneakers didn’t include a rubber “block” or cowl for the cleat space, in case you didn’t need to use them to clip in.

The Slack is product of sturdy genius suede cow leather-based for the skin of the higher and makes use of a breathable, wear-resistant pigskin on the within.

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe brand new Vibram sole
Vibram sole.

These sneakers are appropriate with any 2-bolt cleat system, include cleat plates, and are pre-laced and able to roll. The Vibram sole appears to be a pleasant contact and appears thick and sturdy. The suede shouldn’t be waterproof and Stomp Lox means that they need to be sprayed with waterproofing spray earlier than use.

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe new
Sturdy genius suede cow leather-based higher.

I obtained the Slacks means again in February and have lastly gotten by means of another critiques and was capable of slip these on and take them for a primary journey.

The Slack’s First Few Rides

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe on the Gus
Slacks in motion!

One of many issues that attracted me to those sneakers, apart from their seems, (I really like the best way they seem like they only walked off the Dolomites circa 1966), was the wide-toe field and laces. I truthfully hate the best way most biking sneakers really feel on my ft. It’s one of many causes I had switched to flat pedals, after 25+ years of driving clipping in

The standard biking shoe is like the whole lot else the bike business gives in wearable items, they appear to be made with solely smaller people, who race, in thoughts.

The Slack has a medium stiff sole which has confirmed good for on or off-the-bike strolling in addition to the few hike-a-bike sections I’ve in my driving space.

I ordered the USA 11, and the match appears fairly true to measurement. They maintain my foot snugly with out having to crank down on the laces to tighten them. On the primary few rides, I seen zero heel carry and no scorching spots on my foot.

The Slack’s full leather-based higher and supple pigskin made them actually comfortable proper out of the field. I’d think about that the sneakers could stretch, making the sneakers much more comfy as they get worn in.

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe Used vibram sole
The Slack’s grippy Vibram sole is replaceable.

The Slack’s Vibram sole is a part of Stomp Lox’s Energy Experience Core System. This can be a system that provides the “good stability of stability and suppleness”. Stomp Lox says the Vibram sole can also be replaceable.

Upon my preliminary impression and the primary few rides, the sneakers checked the entire packing containers for me.

They’re comfortable proper out of the field, they’ve a fantastic non-traditional look to them, they’re made with high quality materials and so they have laces, which I really feel are infinitely extra adjustable than different fastening techniques for various foot sizes and desires.

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe black chrome
Once more, no brass {hardware}. Appears to be good craftsmanship.

They’re actually fairly comfy off of the bike. They appear to be made nicely, which is to be anticipated with the lofty price ticket. General they appear to be a fantastic pair of bicycle sneakers. We’ll see how they proceed to carry out once we get into extra element in my full overview within the subsequent few months.

The Slack Sizing and Retail

Retail: $250 (Stomp Lox model direct)

Shade: Olive suede or Black suede

The Slack is available in two shapes; “regular match and Asian match”

Stomp Lox Slack Bicycle Shoe Fit Chart

The sizing is as follows:

USA: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

UK: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11.5

EU: 40.5, 42, 43, 44.5, 46, 46.5

Japan: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Keep tuned right here at Bikerumor for my full, long-term overview of the Stomp Lox Slack!