Review – Chrome: Midways
When I started this blog, it wasn’t my goal to do product or book reviews. There are way too many sites with people who get paid to articulate better opinions about things. However, every once in a while, I’ll run across something so cool, that I have to write about it. The Chrome Midways are no exception.
I’ve had my eye on Chrome products for years, and their bags and apparel have been on the top of my wish list ever since I got back on the bike. A little over a year ago, they introduced a new line of shoes. With a style that appears to be inspired by ol’school Converse Chuck Taylor’s, the Chrome shoe had a hint of classic – kicked-up with some serious urban chic. As with their other products, the shoes were a big hit with me.
The unfortunate thing with Chrome’s products is that I have a rule to never by clothing online – especially shoes. I don’t want to guess as to whether something will fit or not and deal with the hassle of sending it back if it doesn’t. Unless I found a local retailer with Chrome products, getting a pair of their shoes wasn’t going to happen for me.
Fortunately, I was able to get a pair of Gray Midways through a promotion they were having a little over six months ago. After spending some time with them, I’ve been able to form this opinion:
Chrome Shoes Kick Ass! Seriously, these have become my favorite pair of shoes and here is why:
As I wrote earlier, I’m pretty impressed with the cool style of the Chrome Midway. The color combinations look very utilitarian, almost like Soviet or Chinese army surplus. The signature red sole is very distinctive and easily recognizable over comparable shoe styles. The Midways have gotten a lot of attention over the past several months.
I’ve used many different shoes for riding over the years and some have worked better than others. In spite of their non-cycling looks, the Chrome Midways are some of the best cycling shoes I’ve ever owned. Although they aren’t set up to mount cleats, the soles have an incredible amount of grip that stick well to most platform pedals. Also, the special tongue straps are a nice attention to detail that keep the laces from getting caught in the chain.
The combination of soft cotton and leather uppers allow enough ventilation to maximize comfort and reduce hot-foot. The full lace top make it easy for these shoes to adjust to wide or narrow feet.
Durability and Quality:
At $90, the Chrome Midways are more expensive than most casual shoes, but less expensive than some traditional cycling shoes. You get what you pay for. The build quality is extremely high featuring an incredible attention to detail – even down to the metal aglets. The high-grade materials show no sign of wear, even after several months of extensive usage.
I am so impressed with my Chrome Midways, that I’m thinking about a second pair of Chrome shoes – probably some all black Kursks. I’ve also added more of their products to my wish list and highly recommend them to all of my bicycle friends.