Taiwan 2009: odd knock-off cycling shoes

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We stopped into the Merida Bicycles flagship store to look about. Though Merida has a high-profile in Taiwan, they are mainly know as the manufacturing partner for just about all of Specialized, as well as others. In the flagship store Merida had bikes that spanned the spectrum of affordable to premium, but what grabbed my attention was the shoes. The store prominently displayed a brand called Hasus, and I’ve never heard of them before. The shoes bear an overwhelming resemblance to a certain famous Italian cobbler (hint: sounds like “CD”), but when I turned the shoe over to see what kind of mounting system it had, HELLO! …..no mounting system at all. The sole is fairly stiff and not very grabby….I thought it was just hard plastic at first (I’m still not sure). VERY curious design. A high-tech shoe for toe clips?

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You brought a pair of these home, right?

No budget for souvenir shoes, buddy.  And no room in checked baggage; both of my bags are over 50lbs already because I have the dealer kits from Interbike.

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