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Chrome Reviews

Dima
Dima Posted: 8/23/16
Reviewer: Benjamin Zeman from Brattleboro, Vermont
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like these shoes, they are comfortable, look good and have good grip. They do run much bigger than any other shoe I've ever purchased though. I usually wear an 8.5 or sometimes a 9. First I got an 8 but they were still large so I returned them for a 7.5. The 7.5 is good with medium thickness socks but if I were to wear thin socks or go barefoot I would need a 7. I am happy with the purchase though.

212 Chelsea Boot
212 Chelsea Boot Posted: 8/9/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Great show but sadly the side elastic fails on the boot after no more than two months - which should not be the case given the price point.

Truk
Truk Posted: 8/1/16
Reviewer: Ben B from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I bought these shoes because Chrome has a reputation for quality products, and I hoped that their sneakers would be durable. Boy was I wrong. Within a week of wearing these shoes, the sole started to part with the rest of the shoe. Within a month the, the entire back of the shoe (on both) began to rip in half. You could get the same quality of shoes at Payless for a quarter the price. I would not recommend these shoes to anyone, unless you plan on wearing them only once.

Truk
Truk Posted: 7/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I really like the look of these shoes, but they are very narrow which makes them extremely uncomfortable. I'd recommend looking at something else if you have wide feet. Try the DZR shift instead if you want something similar.

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted: 6/15/16
Reviewer: William Brede from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Other reviewers noting that it runs a half size larger are correct. It might even be closer to 3/4 as my heel tends to slip just a bit. As a casual bike shoe I think you can't beat these on style or comfort.

Truk Pro
Truk Pro Posted: 5/23/16
Reviewer: Jason from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I was initially drawn to these shoes for their everyday, subtle styling. The fabric (not sure if it's canvas) has a sheen to them, which I would much rather prefer it to be matte like Van's but maybe that's where the water resistance comes from. Size down like others have suggested. I wear an 8 1/2 in Vans, got an 8 in these and the length is about the same. Width is slightly narrower than Vans. Not uncomfortably narrow but noticeable and I'm hoping the fabric will have some give after wear. The wrench color is sort of a blueish grey, bordering on faded denim. All in all a nice shoe, thinking about getting a pair in the black colorway.

Dima
Dima Posted: 5/20/16
Reviewer: Jeff Grizzell from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes! Very comfortable, true to size, and I love the color. Note: The insoles are meant to be removable. I had an old pair of these in a different color that weren't like that and at first, I thought these were defective, but again, they are meant to be like that. I don't mind one way or the other. My old pair are over a year old and are still in great shape. No tears or anything. The forged rubber shoes last so long! And I bike nearly every day to work, so I'm not easy on them.

Mini Metro Messenger
Mini Metro Messenger Posted: 5/3/16
Reviewer: Jason Baum from Washington, DC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love it! I do wish it came with an owner's manual that illustrated the different configurations possible though. Well-made, stylish and sturdy.

Truk
Truk Posted: 4/19/16
Reviewer: Gaboury from New Haven
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I used these as my only shoes on a 3500 cross continent bike trip Summer 2015. I used them on regular pedals with simple plastic cages. They were excellent, and contrary to another reviewer's opinion, the soles are somewhat stiffer than sneakers, though not rigid. They were comfortable and not weird looking off the bike as well. I did modify them, adding grommet holes like on Converse All Stars to make them a little cooler (temperature, not style). I highly recommend them for bike touring, especially if you want to go ultralight and use a single pair of shoes 24/7.

503 Combat Boot
503 Combat Boot Posted: 4/8/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I bought two pairs of these boots, one pair in black and one pair in brown. Both are very nice looking and fit very well. They are clearly well made and unlike most boots I've had in a number of ways. They're ideal for cycling. And there's so far no need to add an insole to avoid inevitable back pain. The quick laces toward the top make for fast on-and-off. The boots have remarkably good grip. I usually wear my black pair for daily cycle commuting and I often wear my brown pair for hiking—super comfortable, tough, and water resistant all around. Right now they are my favorite boots. Like a lot of Chrome products, they communicate a utilitarian, no-nonsense, somewhat military aesthetic. Unfortunately, there are issues. The reflective stripes on the back are a good idea, functional, and look nice. They're poorly implemented in that they are actually temporary—the reflective material is basically just painted on and begins to chip off almost immediately from just using the grips to put the boots on. No, not good, not good at all. I've seen this happen on recent models of Chrome bags as well. Chrome describes the brown pair as "amber". What this means is 'somewhere between oxblood and brown'. Kiwi does not offer this color in their shoe polish line and I couldn't find anything quite like it elsewhere. I contacted Chrome about what polish color they recommended and they politely recommended that I ask a shoe cobbler. Not good. So how do you maintain this color for the life of the boot? The short answer seems to be that you don't. You either use oxblood, cordovan, or brown. I went with oxblood. I love oxblood boots but this is another case where the design and quality lose points because, like the reflective material, what you get at first is only temporary. A third and final design issue that I've noticed is that the red rim around the black boots also quickly chips off from normal wear and tear. It doesn't go deep into the sole at all. This isn't good. I ended up just covering mine with black polish (mixed results so far). For future models, I recommend that Chrome considered a totally murdered out version (I've modified mine to get this effect). Unfortunately, these are also not made in America. Chrome is up front about this but it needs to be mentioned. Rather than making the boots somewhere here, production of these was outsourced to India and that's a real shame. I'd gladly pay a bit more for the quality I received with my BLCKCHRM bags, for example, and some of these design issues may have been more apparent without an ocean separating production, design, and administration.

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted: 3/30/16
Reviewer: from IL
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I typically wear a 10.5, but ended up trying the 10.5, 10, and 9.5. My heel slipped way too much in the 10.5 and 10. There was less slip with the 9.5, but the toe box was so much narrower in the 9.5 that I did not see them working for me, so ended up returning them as well. They looked great and so much better than typical clipless SPD biking shoes.

Mini Buran
Mini Buran Posted: 3/11/16
Reviewer: Javier Soliz from Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very sturdy and the small size is deceiving. One can fit a small laptop, notebooks, water bottle, pens, a small kitchen sink, etc. Love it!

Storm 415 Workboot
Storm 415 Workboot Posted: 3/9/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I own two pairs of these and have been very pleased. The sole is a bit slippery on wet surfaces but other than that this sneaker boot is a must have for anyone stomping around the city commuting by bike or public transit. The waterproof inside liner is great.

503 Combat Boot
503 Combat Boot Posted: 3/9/16
Reviewer: TheDirtDiz from Minneapolis, MN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you are looking for a great boot at a great price, I highly recommend that you snag a pair of these. They have a great boot look but sneaker fit meaning very comfortable. I had to size down a half size then what I normally wear in other brands. The packaging that they arrive in is proof attention to detail was taken with these boots. They come out of the box a bit shinny but after a couple days stomping around they start to be a bit more matte finish. I have been wearing them all over during my travels and I couldn't be more hyped on these.

Rostov
Rostov Posted: 3/8/16
Reviewer: Chad from Austin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this bag! I previously owned one of the messenger bags (can't remember the size - medium?). I think this is a much more practical bag. I use it on a daily basis to carry my laptop, charger and various other items (clothes, keys, wallet, etc). It's also the only bag I use when I travel. If it doesn't fit in the bag, I don't need it!

Bravo 2.0
Bravo 2.0 Posted: 3/6/16
Reviewer: from USA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

PROS: Bag was nice and attractive, with a good urban design. Pocket organization at the front is a plus. Material appears to be durable.Cross strap at the front is a very good feature so you can add and secure more things externally.It is nice to have an option of using the pack in it's 22 or 32-ish L capacity. The front straps can cinch the bag, securing the contents in place. CONS:I do not believe that is has a 32L maximum capacity. At most it could be 30-ish if you're lucky.The only way it can be used into a 32L backpack is by completely unrolling the top, but there are no provisions for closure except with the velcro located at the sides, that still renders the top open.The flap doesn't reach the top even if you roll it once to attempt closure.If you don't need the bag filled to it's full capacity, then this would not be a problem. Sternum buckle is nice and adjustable, but did not adjust to the height I needed for it to be ergonomic. Bottom of the pack is angled, not flat, so it is tapered in a way that further decreases the bag's space. The liner inside is weatherproof but velcroed into position. Unortunately no matter how much I try to flatten it, I could not.It bulged and wrinkled inside the bag. The pack is low slung, though can be adjusted to the height. Good for cycling, but when walking with it, may be a tad too taxing on the lower back considering the weight of your cargo.

Kharkiv
Kharkiv Posted: 2/27/16
Reviewer: James Domenick from Mountainside, NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Really pleased with this pack so far! It's what I was hoping for - deceivingly voluminous. I use it to commute daily, carrying a laptop, assorted bric a brac, books, sneakers, and a change of clothes. It handles these all well and is really comfortable. The strap system/padded back seem to mold right to my shape. FYI, I am 6 ' 3" just over 200 lbs. I chose this over the Bravo 2.0 which I also tried out. This pack seemed more versatile and I preferred the full open zip clamshell design over the more traditional "fill from the top" rucksack design of the Bravo.

Kursk
Kursk Posted: 2/26/16
Reviewer: Matt from Florida
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I was first introduced to Chrome through a brilliant promotion they did a few years back, where if you sent them a pair of your old shoes, they sent you a pair of new Kursks. Those shoes were extremely durable/bombproof and set the tone for what I believed their reputation to be. Fast forward a few years and I was looking for some casual kicks and remembered Chrome. I saw they had expanded their line and also now had a non-SPD version of the Kursks, so I bought two pairs. I have to say, I've been pretty disappointed with them, as they've obviously diluted what made the brand popular in the first place. These shoes basically fell apart in a few months, and one pair has become almost unwearable due to flexing at the ankle opening. I don't know if the SPD version is better made, but I'm not really interested to find out at this point. The Chuck Taylor II is probably a better option in this arena. Again, its too bad because I bought one of their messenger bags as well, and it was well made and continues to perform, but this iteration of shoes is all hat, no cattle.

Night Series Citizen Messenger
Night Series Citizen Messenger Posted: 2/23/16
Reviewer: Dan from Minneapolis, MN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Commuters, students, teachers, or cyclists if you travel by night this is the messenger bag for you. The 3M reflective hits gives this bag the extra visibility you need to be safe in the streets after dark. If you are looking for a bag that holds your laptop and other gear but want a backpack try the Yalta Night or Bravo Night from Chrome Industries as well.

Kliment
Kliment Posted: 2/22/16
Reviewer: Dan from Minneapolis, MN
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

If you love organization in your backpack look no further. My favorite part of this pack is the two main compartments. You can keep all your personal belongings in one compartment and then all your work gear in another. It is a great bag to use to commute to work but also haul your gym clothes in a separate compartment. The side compartments holds water bottles, Ulock, and even a shoe in each if you are heading to the gym. If you are an urban creative and need a bag to haul your laptop and keep up with your busy lifestyle, I recommend this bag.

Mini Metro Messenger
Mini Metro Messenger Posted: 1/6/16
Reviewer: James M Sheehan from Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This bag is built like a tank! Enough compartments, rubber lining, awesome hardware... Plus it looks pretty darn hip. Very comfortable to wear, and even fits easily across my torso -- even though I'm broadly built.

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