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Old 07-29-09, 09:33 AM   #1
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Wider shoes for foot corns?

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?

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Old 07-29-09, 11:35 AM   #2
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i have 11.5 EEEE foot (I know, pretty wide!) and the only shoes that fit are sidi mega's...and they fit well. I have found that shimano and specialized shoes are too narrow for me. However, they're not inexpensive and some stores that carry sidi's don't always have megas in stock in my size. If you have to get them online, make sure there's a no cost return if they don't fit. Shoes, imho, are like a saddle....what works for one person doesn't always work the same with anyone else. good luck.
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Old 07-29-09, 12:08 PM   #3
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You really need to try them on, or at least find an online etailer where returns are easy. Though shipping can eat you up. No two people are going to have the same experience.

For example, I went with a Specialized Comp Road size 47 for around $135. I understood they use the same last as the Road pro just didn't have the carbon soles, but who knows. I chose them over the Sidi mega and some Shimano shoes after wearing them all cause the toe box felt roomier while maintaining a snug fit in the heel.

What size you looking for? Talk to the lbs and see if you can return them if they don't fit. Also, maybe explain your situation as you did above to the mgr at the lbs and ask for the assistance of their best shoe fitter.
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Tom,
As a nurse I know that it is CRITICAL that you take care of your feet. Diabetes is nothing to be cavalier about. Go wherever you have to and spend as much as you have to to get a shoe that really fits. You can't afford to get an infected toe. As you know they don't heal well and it's not uncommon for diabetics to have varying degrees of amputation, from part of the foot to part of the leg. It's no joke. Find a bike shop that takes you seriously or order from someplace that has a good return policy.
I hope you are being followed by a PCP for your diabetes. It wouldn't be a bad idea to connect with a good podiatrist, too.
Just caring about you. I didn't mean for this to be a rant, sorry.
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I'm a 15EE and regular Sidi's fit me fine to loose. I use thicker than stock insoles to take up a bit of the internal volume. The Sidi Mega's are super wide. Try to find a shop that can order some in for you, obligation free. This is one of those situations when it pays to have a good relationship with an LBS.
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i have 11.5 EEEE foot (I know, pretty wide!) and the only shoes that fit are sidi mega's...and they fit well. I have found that shimano and specialized shoes are too narrow for me. However, they're not inexpensive and some stores that carry sidi's don't always have megas in stock in my size. If you have to get them online, make sure there's a no cost return if they don't fit. Shoes, imho, are like a saddle....what works for one person doesn't always work the same with anyone else. good luck.
Welp, I visited 3 of the 5 bike shops here in town, a couple of them twice. Turns out the one shop I thought could order Lake can't. Guess someone fell behind. I was able to discover something useful, though. I measured my feet again, and it turns out I'm a size 10.5 and between EEE and EEEE (3-4E).

That's.....wide. Of course the LBS said their shoe would be the best bet (Shimano), but they'd have to order it. Since I wasn't waving $100 bills around he didn't seem terribly interested.

So, Side Mega's fit EEEE? That's a lead, will run with it and see what happens. This is all gonna take a while anyway.

On a side note, I found Keen riding sandals, and they look pretty wide too. Might be good for the hybrid!

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One of my sons has big wide feet and 'normal' cycling shoes were too narrow.
I bought him some Sidi Mega Wide from Chain Reaction Cycles in Northern Ireland and they fit nicely.

Might be worth a look, they have a choice in stock and offer free delivery to USA for orders over about $250.
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I have a wide foot and a high arch. I own a pair of Sidi Zeta Megas and a pair of Specialized Comp MTB shoes. Although the Spec. shoe is not sold as a "wide" shoe, it has a very roomy toe box and was around $65 when I bought them in 2005.

I like my Sidis just as well, but did not like the insert that came with the shoe. I actually take the Specialized insole and move it from shoe to shoe, depending on which bike I am riding.
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I wear SIDI G5 size 14, they fit very well. When I ride in the humidity my feet tend to swell and there is plenty of room to accmodate the swelling. I also think they are really comfortable. I'd seriously consider the Sidi Mega G5's, they will last for years and if there is any type of breakdown they have a service center that do any repairs you need.
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I am also a diabetic. I had Cannondale MTB shoes ($120) which were fairly wide fitting but still tight on my very wide feet, so I cut holes in the side of the shoes to take the pressure off. It looked very dorky, but worked well. I now have more $ so I bought Sidi MTB megas ($300) in a size smaller, which is better for the length of my feet. They are very comfortable and 1/2 the weight of the Cannondales, but not quite so easy for walking, so I am keeping the Cannondales for outings covering both riding and walking.
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I wear 11.5 2E-4E depending on the shoe. I just got some Specialized Comp MTB shoes and they fit very well. Note that the sizing was completely off (got a size 13 which was the correct length). Specialized also has a variety of inserts to handle different foot requirements (ankle angles, etc.).
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