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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-03-08, 04:03 PM   #1
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Bike shoes for big & wide feet & pedals to go with them.

My feet are 14 & 1/2 extra wide(this is somewhere around a 50 in euro terms), but I usually wear a 14W because it's nearly impossible to find anything else. I've also got a high arch and normally rip out the insoles just to get that extra quarter inch of vertical space.

I know big and tall doesn't always = big feet, but I figured I'd get the best results from my fellow Clydes.

I started riding a stationary and got used to the straps on it, and now that I've switched to a real bike I miss them. My sore legs miss them too. I'm riding a Raleigh Venture 3.0 and love everything about it except the damned pedals. I've lost count of how many times my feet have slipped off the things.

Comfort & recreation are my main concerns in biking; at least until I lose a bit more weight. So, I want something easy to get in and out of, and shoes that I'll be able to walk in.

Oh well, back to staring out the window wishing I could be riding. The latest heatwave just broke and it is absolutely perfect outside, while I'm stuck here `til five. Days like these are what make the triple digit summers worth it to live out here.
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Old 10-03-08, 05:00 PM   #2
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apparently sidi makes shoes for people with wide feet

they have sizes up to 52 is some models but sidi shoes are expensive

Shimano goes up to 50 as well

Specailized makes some great shoes but they only go up to a 48



I prefer a platform with my clips cause I like the option of unclipping over sketchy terrain in case I loose my balance

mountain biking shoes are generally pretty easy to walk in

some manufacturers make shoes that look like hiking shoes and they're comfy too

if you want easy to walk stay away from road shoes they normally have no grip on the bottoms
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Old 10-03-08, 05:59 PM   #3
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Platform pedals and tennis shoes.
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Old 10-03-08, 06:05 PM   #4
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Damn, I where a 13 and haven't had a problem but that's usually where the sizes stop when I check the shelves at the LBS.

I like a smaller platform too, but mostly because I can take a short ride in my sneakers when I don't want to change shoes. I also ride in MTB shoes and use Crank Bros pedals in one model or another so that my one pair of shoes fit all my pedals.
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Old 10-03-08, 07:31 PM   #5
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try finding shoes when you wear a 17.
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Old 10-03-08, 07:51 PM   #6
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Yeah, once you get past 13 you're pretty much in a retail no mans land(don't even get me started on mail order). A few of the bigger stores go up to 14 occasionally, but rarely in a wide. Those I snatch up whenever I see them, just on the off chance they'll break in good. There's so much difference from brand to brand & shoe to shoe that if I were a religious man I'd start praying whenever my current pair starts wearing out. Actually, I'd probably start offering up ritualistic sacrifices to the shoe gods

Thanks for the tips guys. Smallguy, I'll check those out, I'm already used to over-paying for shoes(this has been getting better in recent years). See if one of the shops will get some for me to tryout. Shoe stores will do this. So, a lbs might too, but every store has it's own policies. Whichever one does is going to have one loyal customer on their hands though.

P.S. I actually owned a pair of 17 and a half's once. My parents picked `em up at a flea market. Don't remember what happened to them, but as they were basketball shoes I probably tossed `em. Spent my entire teenage life wearing basketball shoes, and I cannot stand them anymore. Size 13 before I was 13. I feel for you man.

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Old 10-03-08, 08:50 PM   #7
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Take a look at BMX platform pedals from Welgo. They are very wide and have pins that protrude and really hold a shoe in place. I tryed using Shimano sandals and SPD pedals, but didn't like being permanently attached to the bike. I haven't had any problem with my foot slipping off the BMX pedals.
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If you get close with a pair a fine shoe repair shop can alter them for your needed width. My grandfather is much taler than me and used to have his dress shoes altered for his needs, I'm sure there is some old-school guy out there that can handle the job.

If not I use these on my SS winter beater so I can wear my snow boots, they're pretty wide and have yet to let me slip thanks the the pins. I got mine for $45 new.

http://www.crankbrothers.com/5050_xx.php
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for comparison I'm a 15 wide -- I have a pair of sidi 50 mega I rate them as a snug fit (only wear thin socks) -- and a pair of northwave 50 regular width fit well width wise but are really a bit too long and a pair of lake 50 wide best fitting shoe by far. -- I'd give the lakes a shot first
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Old 10-04-08, 04:09 AM   #10
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I ride with the Sidi 45.5 Mega and Ultegra Pedals and they're very comfortable. Try to get a shoe with carbon soles if you can, climbing with plastic feels really weird and distracting.

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Old 10-04-08, 05:42 AM   #11
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My feet are 14 & 1/2 extra wide(this is somewhere around a 50 in euro terms), but I usually wear a 14W because it's nearly impossible to find anything else. I've also got a high arch and normally rip out the insoles just to get that extra quarter inch of vertical space.

I know big and tall doesn't always = big feet, but I figured I'd get the best results from my fellow Clydes.

I started riding a stationary and got used to the straps on it, and now that I've switched to a real bike I miss them. My sore legs miss them too. I'm riding a Raleigh Venture 3.0 and love everything about it except the damned pedals. I've lost count of how many times my feet have slipped off the things.

Comfort & recreation are my main concerns in biking; at least until I lose a bit more weight. So, I want something easy to get in and out of, and shoes that I'll be able to walk in.

Oh well, back to staring out the window wishing I could be riding. The latest heatwave just broke and it is absolutely perfect outside, while I'm stuck here `til five. Days like these are what make the triple digit summers worth it to live out here.
I realize it's not clipless, but hiking boots work OK for cycling. The stiffer sole is a help on the bike.
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Old 10-04-08, 06:17 AM   #12
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I have size 10.5 wide feet.

I use sidi bullet II size 45 (which actually translates to a size 10.7), non-megawidth version (yes, they have that), and crank brothers candy SL pedals (no weight restriction).
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Please forgive me, if I'm offering advice that you already know about.

If you plan on using toe clips with straps, please make sure they are large enough for the ball of your foot to rest above the peddle axle. if the clips are too short, you'll probably experience knee pain.
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Old 10-04-08, 07:46 PM   #14
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My feet are 14 & 1/2 extra wide(this is somewhere around a 50 in euro terms), but I usually wear a 14W because it's nearly impossible to find anything else. I've also got a high arch and normally rip out the insoles just to get that extra quarter inch of vertical space.

I know big and tall doesn't always = big feet, but I figured I'd get the best results from my fellow Clydes.

I started riding a stationary and got used to the straps on it, and now that I've switched to a real bike I miss them. My sore legs miss them too. I'm riding a Raleigh Venture 3.0 and love everything about it except the damned pedals. I've lost count of how many times my feet have slipped off the things.

Comfort & recreation are my main concerns in biking; at least until I lose a bit more weight. So, I want something easy to get in and out of, and shoes that I'll be able to walk in.

Oh well, back to staring out the window wishing I could be riding. The latest heatwave just broke and it is absolutely perfect outside, while I'm stuck here `til five. Days like these are what make the triple digit summers worth it to live out here.
There may be a few solutions, first would be non-biking shoes with clips and straps or Power Grips, you might need knee savers to get the pedals out further, if you have a very wide stance. If you want clipless, then have your bike shop check with their supplier to see if they have any shoes in a larger size. Sometimes, if 95% of the customers at a shop need sizes 38-46, they will not keep larger or smaller sizes in stock, but suppliers will have them. It's one of the unfortunate things about modern clothing, 100 years ago, you went to the local shoe shop, and they made you a pair of shoes to fit your feet, and when those shoes started to wear out, you went back to the shop, and they repaired them. This had the secondary advantage in that most of the cost of your new shoes stayed in the local economy. Now of course, shoes are made in a few popular sizes, in far off countries, and must be replaced rather then repaired, like most other things. Although a good shoe repair shop may be able to take a pair of shoes that are close in size and alter them, or rebuild them to fit.
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I wear a US size 14 4E width. I tried on a pair of Sidi 48 megas (wide version) and they didn't fit, squeezed too much on my toes. Then I tried a pair of regular width Specialized brand 48's and they fit great. Specialized has a wider toe box on their shoes while those Italian Sidi's fit people with pointy elf feet.

If you are looking for regular shoes to wear while biking, go with something with a stiff sole, like hiking shoes that someone mentioned already. zappos.com is a great place to look for big shoes quickly, cause as you know, shoe stores suck for big footed people. Zappos has a pretty decent selection and that's wear I buy all of my shoes
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Old 10-06-08, 11:45 AM   #16
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Wow. Thanks for all the tips, everyone. First off, I'm sorry if I wasn't clear that I was looking for clipless, clips scare the hell out of me & I can't track stand for crap. Though some of those platforms look really nice. I especially like the 5050's JKing suggested, love to know where you got them @ $45, the site said they're going for $130. I went the el cheapo route & just put some screws into my current el cheapo pedals to act as pins and it works. Looks ghetto, but it works.

Secondly I want to thank The Historian & and TurboMcfloat for the tip about the stiffer sole. My day to day shoes were about as floppy as can be. So, I switched to some stiff work boots, they're heavier(ankle weights heavy), but I can tell the difference already. I'd also like to thank Wogsterca for recommending the Power grips & knee savers. The power grips are exactly like what I've been using on my stationary. If I don't find any clipless shoes I like, I'll probably go with them. Or, more likely, hack together something out of an old belt I've seen the knee savers before, and while I like the idea. I don't like the price. Any decent metal shop should be able to make those for a fraction of what they charge.

Thanks again to everyone, here's some pics of my pedals and shoes.

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If you get close with a pair a fine shoe repair shop can alter them for your needed width. My grandfather is much taler than me and used to have his dress shoes altered for his needs, I'm sure there is some old-school guy out there that can handle the job.

If not I use these on my SS winter beater so I can wear my snow boots, they're pretty wide and have yet to let me slip thanks the the pins. I got mine for $45 new.

http://www.crankbrothers.com/5050_xx.php

I put on a pair of these 5050s when I was building up my bike, and just never took them off.
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Don't order the kneesavers from the online site. My bike shop got them for ten dollars a pair for me. I think they are in the Sun or QBP catalog. Item number is 41479.
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