Quoc’s Night Black Leather Road Shoes are neither the lightest nor the stiffest, but they are very well made, comfortable and have a lot of style.
Quoc is best known for its city cycling shoes, with the Night its first foray into the performance market. The upper is made of leather (a microfiber version comes in three different colors) which is lined so the seams aren’t even vaguely palpable when wearing the shoes. The tongue is lightly padded and there is a bit more padding around the opening to keep everything there.
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Leather is a durable material, judging by its performance so far. Several weeks later and the shoes look worn – do you know how you get those little creases in the leather over time? – but free from any damage.
Lace-up cycling shoes have seen a resurgence in recent years. As well as looking cool, the laces are lightweight, offer multiple points of adjustment, and they are likely to survive a crash. But most of the time, they look cool.
The downside to using the laces is that they are impossible to adjust with one hand on the fly, so you need to make sure you have the tension right before you get in the saddle or accept that you may have to. – sometimes you stop to refine them.
Quoc’s lacing layout is unusual in that you get double holes in the middle and top (two eyelets side by side; look at the photos and you’ll see what I mean). These lock the laces at these points, allowing for tension adjustment for people with different foot shapes, and ensure that the laces cannot come loose in any section of the crest of your foot. It works well to allow a degree of customization of the fit while adding security. If your forefoot is particularly wide, for example, you can loosen the laces at the bottom without affecting the fit of the shoes at the top. This design does its job very well.
As with Giro’s Empire shoes, once you’ve tied the laces, you push the knot and free ends behind an elastic band on the tongue. I have used these shoes a lot over the past few weeks and the laces have never come loose or threatened to interfere with the transmission. In my experience, this is not something you need to worry about.
The uppers are soft and comfortable and gradually hug your feet, although some people may find them warm when the temperature is high. There are a lot of perforations towards the front and in the tongue, and there are ventilation holes in the outsole, but these shoes can still heat up when you work hard, especially if you are used to meshing them. panels on the right, left and center.
As mentioned above, the Nights are also available with microfiber uppers (£ 219), which reduces weight (Quoc says 554g per pair in a size 43). The microfiber Nights are available in black, white and pink versions, while the leather version is available in black only. The black leather looks like a traditional cycling shoe, although I swapped the white laces that came in the box because I was getting a football boot vibe under certain lights. All models have a 3M reflective heel strip which is an eye-catcher at night.
The soles are made of carbon composite. They are rigid, but they are not absolutely rigid. I didn’t feel any movement when I was seated, but I could feel it when I got off the saddle and pushed hard on the pedals. It may or may not bother you.
The sockliner doesn’t usually attract much attention, but it’s quite comfortable, with a metatarsal pad (an area slightly raised in the forefoot but not as far as the toes), and it apparently has anti-odor properties. I just took a sniff test and the shoes still smell pretty tough several weeks later, not pongy at all. I don’t think they’re going to start blowing anytime soon.
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At 728g for the pair (size 46), the Nights weigh a little more than many other performance-oriented shoes of a similar price and size. The FLR F-XX Strawweight Road Race Full Carbon Sole shoes (£ 179.99) I reviewed last year weighed 617g, for example, and the Giro Factor Techlace shoes (£ 289.99) only weighed 576g. g. None of these models are made of leather. I cannot say that the weight was really noticeable in use.
Overall the Nights have a high quality feel and I have found them to be very comfortable under most circumstances. They can be warmer than shoes with mesh panels and they aren’t as light or stiff as some so in my opinion they wouldn’t be the best choice for running, say, but if you want stylish shoes. and classics for open road rides, these might be for you.
High quality leather road shoes that are not particularly light but have a lot of style
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Brand and model : Quoc Night shoes in black leather
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What do the manufacturers say? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Quoc lists these features:
* Advanced and patented Lock-Lace system
* Genuine cowhide leather upper
* 3M Signature Reflective Heel Tape
* Marbled carbon composite outsole
* Compatible with 3-bolt cleats
* Replaceable heel pads
I would say these are general road shoes with a classic look.
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
Quoc says this about the different parts of the Night:
Upper: Genuine cowhide leather; ultra-comfortable leather lining; advanced patented Lock-Lace system; thermodynamic ventilation; 3M ™ signature reflective heel tape
Outsole: marbled carbon fiber composite; replaceable heel pad; thermodynamic ventilation
Insole: EVA shape; Ultra porous and sweat-absorbing microfiber top layer with anti-odor properties
Accessories: Spare laces
Weight: 336 g (1 shoe, size 43)
Rate the product for build quality:
They are extremely well made. There is a high quality feel here.
Rate the product for its performance:
These aren’t the stiffest or lightest shoes out there, but not everyone’s priority. They still achieved a good overall performance.
Rate the product for its durability:
Several weeks later and the only signs of wear are a few creases on the leather and scratches on the outsole.
Evaluate the product for fit:
The laces mean you get multiple points of adjustment, and the Lock Lace system (see review body) works well. If you have wide or unusually shaped feet this would be a good option due to the amount of adjustment you get here.
Rate the product for size:
I took the same size as usual and the fit was good.
Evaluate the product by weight:
They are quite heavy, although opting for the version with microfiber (rather than leather) uppers would save weight.
Rate the product for its comfort:
They are very comfortable most of the time, the only downside being that they can get hot when the temperature is high.
Evaluate the product for its value:
Leather cycling shoes are almost always expensive. For comparison, Giro’s Empire LX lace-up leather shoes have an MSRP of £ 159.99, while Look’s kangaroo leather CX402 (with Boa closures, not laces) are $ 370. £. The high build quality justifies the price.
Is the product easy to maintain? How did he react to washing?
You will need to take care of the leather. Dirt can get into the holes in the shank.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
These shoes work well. I suspect that most people who buy them will be drawn to the classic looks as much as the performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The Lock Lace system works incredibly well to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
I would prefer a more rigid sole.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah, I got along well with them.
Would you consider purchasing the product? They are probably not for me.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
If you want the lightest, stiffest shoes on the market, you won’t go for them. However, if your priority is to have stylish leather shoes, these might be exactly what you are looking for. They aren’t cheap, so an overall score of 7 (good) covers that.
I usually drive: My best bike is:
I have been driving since: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sports, general fitness horse riding