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    MTB Shoes for big foot

    I wear a size 15 shoe, day to day. Can anyone recommend a good wide MTB shoe for biking? I don't plan on riding clipless any time soon, but that could change next week so I'd like to go ahead and prepare for that as well as getting something with a nice firm bottom on it. Right now I'm wearing Van's as my bike shoe and the sole isn't near rigid enough. I have a a pair of Shimano MTB shoes in a 49 but they are too narrow and cause numbness in the foot before I even get on the bike, so those are a no go...

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    In a word Specialized! Try looking at Specialized Comp mountain shoes. They are available in a wide width. I have a set in 44W. They fit OK, a tickle big but fit my 9 1/2 EEE feet just fine. They are great shoes at a decent price.

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    Hard to find anything in 15, let alone specialty shoes, ain't it? And a width? Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by License2Ill View Post
    Hard to find anything in 15, let alone specialty shoes, ain't it? And a width? Yikes.
    That's the truth! Typically if I can find a proper size 15, I don't need the width but it seems that bicycling shoes come narrow. I'll try a Spech size 15 and see what happens.

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    I wear a US 15 as well and am rocking a pair of Shimano M087's. While I don't have a wide foot (for the size), I have seen that they make this one all the way up to 52 in a wide model (I wear the size 50). Been a pretty good shoe (they've handled me thrashing them in the Utah mountains for a couple of years now with no issues), I think I picked them up locally for about $100. I actually have the road version of that shoe as well (R087).

    Sidi also make shoes up to 52 in certain models, however, I'm not sure about the width's they may or may not carry.

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    Thanks Fumanju, I'll give those a look as well.

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    I'm a 14 and having trouble, 49's in Pearl were way too short, my toes were jammed into the end of them. I've got a 50 from Garneau (Montana XT3 I think) in the mail now, if I think of it I'll post back on how that fit for a 14.

    Amazon was where I wound up browsing to find the few shoes in the largest sizes.

    Just an FYI the Pearl Izumi mountain shorts fit me very nicely if you are tall I recommend them. I've got a 37 bike inseam and they fit well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsqueak View Post
    I'm a 14 and having trouble, 49's in Pearl were way too short, my toes were jammed into the end of them. I've got a 50 from Garneau (Montana XT3 I think) in the mail now, if I think of it I'll post back on how that fit for a 14.

    Amazon was where I wound up browsing to find the few shoes in the largest sizes.

    Just an FYI the Pearl Izumi mountain shorts fit me very nicely if you are tall I recommend them. I've got a 37 bike inseam and they fit well.
    I had the same issue with a pair of Pearl Izumi's too. The toe box was short.

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    So my Garneau Montana XT3 shoes arrived. They are a size 50 and fit just right for my rack fit size 14 feet. They have a fair amount of adjustability due to using straps vs laces. You may get away with the width, not sure. I'm a D and they fit with room to spread for sure. The arches are weirdly high...I wouldn't keep these if they were planned for extended walking.

    For a 15 I would guess a 51 or 52 would work. The 50 is a close fit in length for a 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsqueak View Post
    So my Garneau Montana XT3 shoes arrived. They are a size 50 and fit just right for my rack fit size 14 feet. They have a fair amount of adjustability due to using straps vs laces. You may get away with the width, not sure. I'm a D and they fit with room to spread for sure. The arches are weirdly high...I wouldn't keep these if they were planned for extended walking.

    For a 15 I would guess a 51 or 52 would work. The 50 is a close fit in length for a 14.
    Easy to confuse volume with width. If you've got extra width, that's not going to work real well, but extra volume can be handled a little easier insoles and tighter lacing in some cases. I think many bike shoes have gone to high arch support because of the stiffness in the bottom. If you're not operating with any real cushioning on a stiff platform, you've got to hold the arch up.

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    Available up to 52 and in regular as well as wide are the Shimano 80 series shoes (both road and mtb) and Sidi Genius (road) and Dominator (mtb). I have a solid 15+/16 US foot. No way I could fit into a Nike 15. New Balance 15W or EE fit "ok" (just). 16's tend to run a touch long for me and the choices really go down.

    I have standard width Shimano and Sidi 51s. I've not tried the Shimano wide version. But, the Sidi "Mega" (their wide) is extremely voluminous and seems to not have much wider a foot bed or toe box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by License2Ill View Post
    Easy to confuse volume with width. If you've got extra width, that's not going to work real well, but extra volume can be handled a little easier insoles and tighter lacing in some cases. I think many bike shoes have gone to high arch support because of the stiffness in the bottom. If you're not operating with any real cushioning on a stiff platform, you've got to hold the arch up.
    I got my first rides in with the new shoes. This is spot on, the high arches disappear while on the pedals, worked very well. A huge improvement over the hiking boots I was wearing too.

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