I believe older shoes were perfectly flat front to back, and thus fit the TA cleats best, while more modern shoes countoured the foot beds, requiring either the short cleats or the curved bottom Paravin style cleats. Either way, though, you may have to make routine maintenance trips to the cobbler to have the cleats renailed.
Still, the most comfortable shoes I ever rode in were my Dutch Medalists with the TA cleats. I could do a century with no foot pain or numbness. I think the long base of the TA cleat really spreads the pedal pressure. Alas, I was seduced by pre installed adjustable cleats and forsook my old faithfuls.
Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
>To: DRob697@aol.com, email@example.com
>Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Cleats for old road shoes
>Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 21:19:46 EST
>In a message dated 3/12/03 8:44:12 PM, DRob697@aol.com writes:
><< from my experience the long TA
>cleats can be difficult to install and stay put once nailed, and might be
>best nailed on by a shoe repairman who has the repair last, proper nails etc.
> The hot ticket used to be to bolt the cleats on using countersunk screws
>from the inside and nuts on the outside. Also, I remember that the base of
>the T.A. Anquetil long "road" cleats would often break about 1/2 " behind the
>slot, especially on less rigid shoes; many people would shorten them before
>installing to about the length of the "track" version. These cleats were
>apparently around before T.A. made them- I've wondered what the story is with