The Yellow Princesses

The Yellow Princesses

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The Velominati would not exist if it weren’t for The Rules. Of the current 79 Rules, only two, Rule #34 and Rule #69 stipulate anything about shoes. Perhaps that is all that is needed. However, I do have a set of personal Rules that I’ve been living by and developing for nearly ten years now. My own personal Rule #1 is No Red Shoes. And as a strict disciple of my own Rules I have no red shoes.

This is partly why I was so relieved that I could title this article The Yellow Princesses and not the Red Princesses. Because if Mavic made the Zxellium in red, I would simply have to break my own rule. These shoes are sublime.

I’ve gone through a few pair of cycle shoes in my relatively short time as a dedicated road cyclist and Velominatus. Nalini 2004’s, Cat-1 Gavias, and an old pair of Frank’s DMT Ultimax’s have all graced my gunboats. I’ve also tried many a pair on in hopes of finding that glass slipper. Sidis heel cup is too narrow, Shimanos toe box is too wide, Pearl Izumis weren’t my cup of tea, and so on and so forth.

That is until I purchased a pair of Mavic Razor mtb shoes for riding my cyclocross bike. The Razors have many miles of gravel under them. They are durable, perform well, are stylish, and easily the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn. I was sold on Mavic shoes since buying them.

So after riding Frank’s retired DMT’s into the road after he made the switch to the much bally-hooed White Ladies this season, it was time for me to go shoe shopping.

At first, the yellow put me off a little bit. I considered if wearing yellow at all would be considered a Rule violation. That, as we all know, only applies to jerseys. Riders regularly wear non-team issue and personalized shoes. The Zxelliums do also come in white but since the White Ladies was taken I had to make a different plan. Then I saw this guy wearing them in this year’s tour.

That did it for me. Being a fan of Chris Horner and seeing how the Zxelliums seemed to at once stand out and tie his kit together riding up the Tourmalet this year made me think I could pull them off too.

Whether or not I can pull them off remains to be seen. But I may not ever want to take them off. Damn if they’re not like bedroom slippers. And light! Oh the lightness. In my hand, not on a scale mind you, they are lighter than the DMTs. And that’s with the cleats on the Mavics and not on the DMTs. The muted sole is also cause for carbone.

At any rate, I’m stoked about the shoes. I thought about filing this article under the Reverence folder but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. There’s no doubt these shoes will be held in reverence one day but I must go put many kilometers on them first.

// Accessories and Gear // General // Kit // The Rules

  1. but all the more power to the dudes that pull it off….hands down in respectful Cognoscentia bow

  2. In that case:

    Free to good home: Used size 46 DMT Ultimax (as worn by Chris Horner, Ivan Basso, Frank Strack, and Marko). These ones were actually worn and used by the latter two, one of which actually rides a bike well. They have soul, can tell stories, and demand Reverence. Contact Marko for shipping information.

  3. Souleur :but all the more power to the dudes that pull it off….hands down in respectful Cognoscentia bow

    no doubt there. if one can look good, Obey the Rules, and rock some sweet shoes all the while bulldozing blokes into the pain cave, then I say: A-Merckx

  4. @Cyclops

    Gee, if ya not wearing those Assos’s, I could give em a good home…

  5. @Brett
    I’d be weary of Cyclops’s chamois creme; tread carefully. Love the crazy fucker, but he seems just a tad *this* side of ordinary. Just sayin’.

  6. Did you guys see what Sylvain Chavenel was wearing in the Tour? Now, I’ve never liked Carnac shoes ever and not even the silly expensive ones they’ve come out with in the last year. Expensive and devoid of style however, you really wanna check these out, oh my gosh

    @frank
    carry on

  7. Ugh. I just soiled the princesses on a distaster of a ride. Heading toward one of my favorite climby roads, huge blow-out 45 minutes out, shredded tube and tyre. No shoulder, walk into the ditch to survey the damage and sink into mud. FUCK. No can do on the tyre as it’s fucked, no phone along (like the only time I don’t bring my phone), start walking back in bare feet as to not tear up my cleats and/or heel and toe pads on the princesses. One guy finally stops to pick me up, which was cool because my feet are raw by this point and the dude works in the same field as I do and so we made a professional connection.

    Now I’s got to clean the shoes.

  8. @Jarvis
    OH MY. I was dead for an instant, looking at those.

    @Marko
    Ooooooh. Been there. That’s the beauty of the White Ladies. Patent leather just hoses right off.

  9. Jarvis :Did you guys see what Sylvain Chavenel was wearing in the Tour? Now, I’ve never liked Carnac shoes ever and not even the silly expensive ones they’ve come out with in the last year. Expensive and devoid of style however, you really wanna check these out, oh my gosh
    @frank
    carry on

    But who will be the first to rock these babies with their Sacred Garment? I’m being sorely tested by this thread…

  10. @sgt
    the problem with those shoes, is that they’re fucking ugly

  11. @sgt

    @Jarvis

    those are actually the only shoes I’ve seen that match the sacred garment well

  12. I refer to my black Sidi Ergo IIs as the Dark Knights.

    1. Because Batman doesn’t dope (have superpowers) and he still kicks everyone’s ass.
    2. Because they’re black.
    3. Because the Dark Knight comes home from a day’s dispensing of Rule #5 and tells the White Lady to go get him a beer and make him a sandwich.

  13. @Marko

    those are actually the only shoes I’ve seen that match the sacred garment well

    True. The only problem being that they look like a Kindergartener with a bad cold ate too many oranges and puked all over some nice, gray shoes.

  14. @Jarvis

    Bite yer tongue! I kinda dig ’em, and they definitely got the colors nailed.

  15. @frank
    Hey imagine dishing out The V in bitter, steaming scoops to your mates rocking those togs and the SG… The stuff of legend…

  16. Those Carnacs are SICK! If I hadn’t just bought new Ladies, I’d be all over that shit… perfect match for the Sacred Garments. But the ladies are cool too.

  17. Gonna have to get me a pair of the Mellow Yellows Man

  18. I don’t think the Carnacs are as ugly as these

    Here’s the link if the stupid image doesn’t work (like usual)

    http://i38.tinypic.com/ua5hk.jpg

  19. Check out these Yellow Princesses:

  20. I have a new hero *swoon*

  21. I’m liking the look of the new F:izik shoes. A lot better looking than the conservative shite that Giro have come up with

  22. @Jarvis
    Ohh, them are purdy. Sort of throwback. However, they don’t look to be that well vented.

  23. Those all red R3 Uomo’s are pretty cool looking.

  24. OH MY! that fi'zi:k shoe is the shiiite!! Black, white stripe, I don’t care what it cost, I would give a kidney for that!!! Anyone know when those dudes will be out??

  25. How about some Dromarti’s?

  26. i have mavics, but i got white ones. no doubt about it, their sexy!

  27. The Red Damsels is were its at. If I can but something in red I will. these are my girls here.

    and this guys seems to think they are ok

  28. @RedRanger
    I’m gonna assume that’s you at the front offering up some of the V with extra hot sauce.

  29. @Jeff in PetroMetro
    I wish. but I’m working on it.

  30. @Marko
    Any chance of a progress report on these darlings?
    Holding up okay?
    Still having to beat the ladies back with a spiked bat?

  31. @CJ
    I’m still loving them. I just through some footbeds in as a part of a pro-fit I just did and they’re even better. No, they don’t hide dirt and grime as well as black but they’re easy to clean. No problems.

  32. I tired on some Y.P.’s in Salt Lake City a few months ago and I couldn’t believe how comfy they were, then Dane shows up at the Allan Butler Crit with them. It’s an omen – I know what I’m getting for Christmas.

  33. Are the 2012 Yellow Princesses even more yellowier?

  34. I’m tossing up what to get in new shoes right now. I’m ditching everything Specialized I own, bit by bit. I’d really like Sidis again, but they are just so expensive. I’ve got these puppies eyed up at work, cheap to me, heat moldable and I want Black Widows to match my new black Lazer Helium.

    But those V-Carnacs still get me firm…

  35. @brett

    OMG what are they – that would go perfectly with my Ridley.

    Having said that I have a recent pair of Bonts which are the best shoes I’ve ever had.

    I use them in preference to my yellow princesses but it’s so hot here you can’t wear shoes two days in a row. They don’t dry out properly.

    So another pair of shoes might be hard to justify. But it would go perfectly…

  36. @ChrisO
    Louis Garneau HRS Carbon. You can heat mold them in the kitchen oven!

  37. @brett
    Nice… their website doesn’t have the Black and Gold version though but I’ll look out for it. Just in case :-)

    Yes the Bonts are hear moldable as well. Surprised more Aussies don’t seem to use them.

  38. @ChrisO
    What size are you mate? I can send you a pair cheeeep! Will throw in a helmet mirror…

  39. @brett

    Get thee behind me Satan…

    They would look totally perfect, along with the new Witte Kitte… but I can’t, thanks though.

  40. @ChrisO

    Holy Head Tube Batman! It’s as long as the seat post!

  41. I’ve really been lusting after some sort of “princesses”. I tried some Zxelliums on down in Salt Lake City and they were really nice. But I can get employee purchase on S-Works and I’ve always had problems with non Body Geometry shoes so I might go with these:

  42. @brett

    I’m tossing up what to get in new shoes right now. I’m ditching everything Specialized I own, bit by bit. I’d really like Sidis again, but they are just so expensive. I’ve got these puppies eyed up at work, cheap to me, heat moldable and I want Black Widows to match my new black Lazer Helium.

    But those V-Carnacs still get me firm…

    Love this website (not quite like not going to the LBS).
    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/sidi-genius-5-pro-carbon-road-cycling-shoes-3-hole-for-men~p~2247y/?filterString=search~cycling-shoes%2F

  43. @Cyclops
    I just bought those exact shoes about a month ago. They are solid. One issue I have off and on is they are really easy to overtighten, which makes your feet go numb. I have the hang of it for the most part. Fortunately, you can easily adjust on the fly as you ride if you are too loose or too tight, which looks incredibly PRO. Dialing up the tightness before a sprint, that’s the shit right there.

  44. Fo’ Shizzle

  45. How are you supposed to wash these Mavics properly? I’ve seen people advocating washing machines, wiping down, or sticking them in a bucket of soapy water..
    I’ve always done the last one but I was just wpndering.

  46. @Cyclops

    I don’t think the Carnacs are as ugly as these

    Here’s the link if the stupid image doesn’t work (like usual)

    http://i38.tinypic.com/ua5hk.jpg

    Err’ dems bowling shoes!

  47. @dan

    How are you supposed to wash these Mavics properly? I’ve seen people advocating washing machines, wiping down, or sticking them in a bucket of soapy water..
    I’ve always done the last one but I was just wpndering.

    I’m not sure about the Mavics specifically, but I wash my White Ladies by just filling a bucket with water and laundry detergent, and soaking them overnight. I might scrub the dirtiest bits beforehand with the same water.

    To dry them, remove the insoles and stuff them with newspaper.

  48. Let’s all give thanks that George resisted a perfect opportunity to go all out ‘red’ shoes. But he must not go (un)challenged on the warmers and the finger pose (20 years young again) !!

  49. All over the yellow princesses ;-) Care should be taken to make sure kit matches.  so you don’t look like you’ve bought it all on sale and it’s all miss-matched.  Yes, that does include custom paint on your Oakleys

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