Chrome Truk Pro Review

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I’ll gotta admit it, I have a real affinity for SPD sneakers. After owning a couple pairs from other brands, I can confidently say that the Chrome Truk Pro shoes are a great contender among the numerous options out there. While these are probably my favorite looking of the bunch, there are a number of reasons as to why the Truk Pro’s have won me over.

Starting off, the all-black is right up my alley. Remember: you can’t go wrong with black on black on black. I also love how much the toe cab reminds me of PF-Flyers. At first, I didn’t think there was anything reflective on these shoes. Well, I was wrong. Take a look above the red logo and you’ll see the stealthy reflective strip going around the upper heel. A very nice touch indeed; something that I didn’t notice for the first few days…(much more below)

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In regards to actual performance, I’m just as happy. These are the lightest feeling city SPD shoes that I’ve worn. I picked up my adidas skate shoes and compared them to these and found only a slight difference in weight. Not bad for having cleats and hardware in ‘em.  With that said, the actual sole is a little bit thin which can cause a regular Shimano SPD cleat to make a little noise while walking. No big deal really; plus I plan on swapping out for my ATAC’s anyway.

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The slightly curved footbed makes walking around easier, especially due to how stiff the midsole is. The toes and heels have a little more flex, helping you to walk like normal instead of looking like you just had some bad Chinese food. I wore these all day down at the Red Hook Crit and was perfectly comfortable.

As far as the fit goes, these shoes fit me pretty well while riding. Sometimes while walking I’ll notice my heels slipping a bit. While this isn’t the biggest problem, it can be a little annoying if you’re planning on spending a lot of time off the bike in these shoes. I have a feeling that the slippage will cease once the soles are further broken in from walking…we’ll see.

Again, there are a number of options these days for SPD sneakers. But if you’re looking for a simple, subtle and solid shoe to hold up to the daily abuse I’d say to give the Truk Pros a look. Chrome will ship ’til you get the right size, so try ’em on if you can (maybe order a half-size smaller). If you have any more questions, definitely leave a comment or shoot me an email! Hope this helps.

-B

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  • Gabriel

    I’ve tried two different size of the Kursk Pro and had problems with both my regular shoe size as well as with a pair one size smaller ( which chrome recommends ) with the heel cup. It slips when I am off the bike to the point where I decided to ditch them. I’ve read a lot of reviews of their SPD compatible shoes and have herd other people experiencing the same problem. Have you experience this with the Truk Pro?

    • I get a bit of slip but it doesn’t really bother my while riding. I do notice some play when I walk though.

  • Jon Bendtsen

    How stiff are they in the toe area compared to a normal sneaker? Because I really need the stiff toe area because of a permanent injury in my right big toe.

    • They’re pretty stiff through the balls of your feet and offer a slight bit of flex in the toes, making it easy to walk. I wouldn’t recommend them for all day wear, but they’re definitely comfy and perform great while riding.

  • nom

    how did you find them for comfort?
    how far/long do you tend to ride in them at a time?

    • They were a bit stiff at first around the heel cup area, but definitely got more comfortable after riding in them for a couple weeks. Most of the time I used them to for rides/commutes under 10 miles but could definitely see them working for a bit longer…though at that point I’d recommend just getting some quality MTB or road shoes depending on your needs.