The newest model released this week is called the Cadence and is built for the off-bike versatility as well as being ideal for the active bike commuter on the go.
The shoe looks a lot like a tennis shoe with low profile tread suitable for walking without the need to change shoes after riding. These would be a great choice for any woman who doesn’t use clipless pedals, even though they do accept optional pedal cleats.
Bontrager Brand Manager, Natascha Grief, was quoted saying “It’s the perfect shoe for when you want some of the performance benefits of a cycling shoe without looking like you are wearing one.”
Bontrager constructs their shoes with four aspects of shoe design technology. They call them the four C’s: Construction, Cut, Cup, and Customization. This time all that attention is directed with women athletes in mind.
Bontrager starts with a women’s specific form (called a last) and uses a Strobel construction method that gives the Cadence a good blend of stability and comfort.
The Cadence features non-stretch synthetic uppers chosen specifically for their ability to provide support for on-bike efficiency and suppleness for street-shoe comfort, but again with a woman’s specific design in mind.
The Cadence uses an internal heel cup instead of a bulky looking external cup found in higher performance racing shoes.
All Bontrager inForm shoes can be customized. The Cadence will accept any custom or customizable insoles.
The shoe laces up with normal shoelaces. If you are shopping for this shoe you might want to make sure these won’t get caught and torn in your chainrings.
The Cadence will be available starting in October 2009 from Bontrager dealers.
US sizes: 5.5 to 11