So I have corns on the sides of both feet, right at the base of each little toe. Nothing like being on my feet 9 hours a night at Wally World! Freakin' painful.
I have a pair of Shimano MT31's, and they're nice enough shoes but not very big in the toe box. In addition to aggravating the corns they also cause flaming sausage toe. Also freakin' painful.
I'm slowly chipping on on the new road bike, and when I get it paid off, I'll need to get some pedals and shoes for it. Even though I use SPD's on the Trek hybrid, I may just screw the old platforms on the Cannondale and ride that way till I find something that works out.
I visited a couple bike shops yesterday. One (the Cannondale dealer) carries only Specialized. The kid didn't really seem to know much about shoes and mainly said we can order whatever. He did recommend if I got Shimano pedals to go with 105 or better.
The only wide sized Specialized road shoe I found on the Specialized site is the BG Road Pro, which has an MSRP of $260 (and that's what the LBS charges too).
The other LBS I visited carries Shimano, and they said that they can order Lake cycling shoes as well. Took a look at the Lake site and I'm thinking about the CX170 - it's reasonably priced, comes in wide widths and has the additional bonus of SPD conversion compatability.
There are several Shimano models that are supposedly heat-moldable, but no one there seemed to know anything about it. Also the shoes were pretty pricey (up to $360).
I have to get this right the first time - I'm diabetic, can't afford to have the corn return and/or get worse, and can't afford to burn $200 and then come to realize they didn't fit after all. So no mail order for me.
What do you folks say?