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    WIDE shoe options

    OK, so maybe this isn't a Clydesdale only topic, but I am a Clydesdale and looking for input. Ever since buying my road bike 2 years ago I have gotten extreme pains in my feet 10-15 minutes in to a ride that have kept me from really riding that much.

    So, a week ago or so I went to the LBS and had a complete fit done for me and the bike by a Specialized certified FIT tech at the LBS. Needless to say, after almost 2 hours of work we made a LOT of progress. I have not had a chance to ride since having the fit done as I left the bike for a tune-up since I was already there.

    So, I am going to pick it up tonight and get a ride in after work. We have gotten pretty much everything dialed in except for a bit of pressure on the outside of the foot (on both feet). The next step they are going to recommend - if that causes problems - is going to a true WIDE shoe size. I am currently wearing Specialized BG Comp Road shoes in a 46 (I think). I normally wear a size 11 wide shoe.

    So, what I am looking for is input from people that wear wide bike shoes as to which brands you like and what seems to have worked for you. Any and all input appreciated. Obviously I need something wide at the mid-point of the foot and in the toe box area.


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    Sidi makes the Mega, which is a EE. Specialized makes a wide, which is roughly an EE. Rocket and a few other brands range from AAAA to EEEE. search this forum for threads on exactly this.

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    I ride Sidi's Genius 5 in wide. Try those out. I think you won't be disappointed.
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    Thanks for the quick replies. Yes, we looked at the Specialized BG Pro Road Shoe as that was the only Specialized road shoe that we found. They had some last year models that they could get, but still around $225 for the shoe.

    the guy doing my FIT also mentioned SIDI had a wide, but nothing they had in stock there. And they didn't stock any other wide shoes.

    Yes, $225 is not much to pay when you compare that to what I paid for the bike and not being able to enjoy it and the foot comfort alone would be worth that price. Just wanted to see what others were using and how they liked them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric91Z View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies. Yes, we looked at the Specialized BG Pro Road Shoe as that was the only Specialized road shoe that we found. They had some last year models that they could get, but still around $225 for the shoe.

    the guy doing my FIT also mentioned SIDI had a wide, but nothing they had in stock there. And they didn't stock any other wide shoes.

    Yes, $225 is not much to pay when you compare that to what I paid for the bike and not being able to enjoy it and the foot comfort alone would be worth that price. Just wanted to see what others were using and how they liked them.

    Thanks,
    Well, checked out this SIDI's a couple of places online and they are priced right there with the Specialized Pro's. So I might just have to assume I will be in that price range. Guessing that my Specialized BG Footbeds that I have in my current shoes might transfer over to the new ones, too...
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    I wear a 10.5 EE/EEE depending on the shoe maker. About 7 years ago I got the Carnac Legends. These shoes were great! I just replaced them (from the internet) with Sidi Megas because my shoes were wearing out and I wanted the buckle. Well, not only are my feet wide, they are really thick! Sidi run a little small so I got one size larger and they are a little tight, not to mention the two bottom straps are only on half way and I had to adjust the part that goes into the buckle all the way out so I could attach the strap to the buckle. I wish I would have bought them at a store because I would have been able to really fit the shoes before I bought them. The only problem is that no one seems to carry wide cycling shoes.
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    Eric,
    Here is one thread of many on this forum about wide shoes. Good luck!

    Best road shoe for wide feet

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    Try LAKE shoes. they carry a few wide styles in both high end and economical models, road and mountain. They fit me when I was running 13 EEEE.
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    I ride sidi zeta mega in a 47 and I wasn't very impressed the fit is tolerable but could be better and the paper thin insoles need to be replaced before you take your first ride.

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    The Sidi Genius 5 megas are really comfortable...I think it's the way to go

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    Hi Eric,

    I had the same issue with shoes and got the same answers that you're getting (sidi and lake) but while in the local REI, I happened to try on a pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek shoes and they fit me comfortably. I've been using them for about 1 year now. They have very accommodating mesh sides and are worlds cheaper than the sidi's ( though everyone who can afford them loves them) and I had no access to a lake shoes dealer, so no chance to try a pair on. I generally wear a 2E in New Balance shoes, sometimes a 4E, and my width is in the ball of the foot with narrow heels (the duck foot). These shoes are for 2 bolt cleats, so if you're already decided on a pedal that requires the 3 bolt cleats, these shoes wouldn't be an option, though perhaps they make something similar in a road shoe, I don't know. Just wanted to throw out a possibility that doesn't usually pop up on the big foot radar. Good luck.
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    The Sidi Megas are super comfortable on my EEE feet. If you go the Sidi route, I'd recommend spending the extra for the Lorica uppers (Genius 5 and up); the cheaper end of the range have stiffer uppers which aren't quite as comfortable, I've found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric91Z View Post
    OK, so maybe this isn't a Clydesdale only topic, but I am a Clydesdale and looking for input. Ever since buying my road bike 2 years ago I have gotten extreme pains in my feet 10-15 minutes in to a ride that have kept me from really riding that much.

    So, a week ago or so I went to the LBS and had a complete fit done for me and the bike by a Specialized certified FIT tech at the LBS. Needless to say, after almost 2 hours of work we made a LOT of progress. I have not had a chance to ride since having the fit done as I left the bike for a tune-up since I was already there.

    So, I am going to pick it up tonight and get a ride in after work. We have gotten pretty much everything dialed in except for a bit of pressure on the outside of the foot (on both feet). The next step they are going to recommend - if that causes problems - is going to a true WIDE shoe size. I am currently wearing Specialized BG Comp Road shoes in a 46 (I think). I normally wear a size 11 wide shoe.

    So, what I am looking for is input from people that wear wide bike shoes as to which brands you like and what seems to have worked for you. Any and all input appreciated. Obviously I need something wide at the mid-point of the foot and in the toe box area.


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    You might want to use large surface area, platform, BMX style, pin pedals and ride with your regular sport shoes or any shoe that fits you and has a smooth rubbery sole. I switched from cleated cycling shoes and now ride "un- attached" and have not looked back in seven years and around 14,000+ miles. I can ride all of my bikes with anything from skateboarder shoes to Teva sandals including my Redwing work boots with no discomfort and no measurable performance loss. You might want to read the great shoes ruse article at www.Rivbike.com and save yourself a bunch of money and hassles.

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    I read the Rivendale article on shoes and pretty much disagree with everything. You can get away with Vans or other sneakers with a BMX style pedal. Many mountain bikers do regularly. I'm surprised the pedals get any traction on work boots because the soles tend to be pretty hard and slick.

    However, if you ride with any cadence more than 75-80 rpm you're courting a Cleat Surfing trip and a painful fall. I've riden for 20+ years and my previous bike finally got put away after 80,000 miles. All using clipless pedals of one sort or another. Haven't raced since the mid 90's so I wear Sidi Dominator Mega mountain shoes. I have my wife in them also.

    For a short time I'd wear Shimano cleated sandles on my mountain bike for short errands. This ended when i rubbed my foot along a curb when a car got a little close. Road rash on a foot is not pleasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4c4c8 View Post
    I read the Rivendale article on shoes and pretty much disagree with everything. You can get away with Vans or other sneakers with a BMX style pedal. Many mountain bikers do regularly. I'm surprised the pedals get any traction on work boots because the soles tend to be pretty hard and slick.

    However, if you ride with any cadence more than 75-80 rpm you're courting a Cleat Surfing trip and a painful fall. I've riden for 20+ years and my previous bike finally got put away after 80,000 miles. All using clipless pedals of one sort or another. Haven't raced since the mid 90's so I wear Sidi Dominator Mega mountain shoes. I have my wife in them also.

    For a short time I'd wear Shimano cleated sandles on my mountain bike for short errands. This ended when i rubbed my foot along a curb when a car got a little close. Road rash on a foot is not pleasant.
    You just have to try them (BMX pin pedals or the "Bear trap" style) with flat, non knobby sport shoes and to see how much traction there really is. I regularly pedal up to 130 rpm on my single speed commuter with no feet flying off the pedals. As for work boots that depends on the boot.

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    Hehe... I used a set of BMX pedals on my mountain bike for a few months when I tried the observed trials thing. Maybe it was my mountain shoes, but second time I fell on my face i went back to clipless. For some, possibly many, it will work. Shoes like jock straps and tooth brushes are pretty personal.

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