Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Recon Mixed’ Bike Shoes |

Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Recon Mixed’ Bike Shoes

by Stephen Regenold


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Faux-leather and shoelaces distinguish the Recon Mixed bike shoes, conjuring up old-school aesthetics that existed before the days of Velcro and carbon-fiber soles.

But hidden in the design are new technologies giving a rider versatility and performance along with a refined look.

Made for mountain bikers as well as chameleons who also roll on pavement and gravel, the shoes, new this month from Specialized, cloak a stiff sole and high-traction tread in a shell passable as “dressy” when off the bike.

Side by side with my normal bike shoes, the Recon Mixed exude understated good looks. Mesh on the toes and raised tread underfoot give the Specialized footwear away as sporty, though a passerby would need to glance hard.

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