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Old 05-14-11, 11:37 PM   #1
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Wide, walkable SPD shoes

I'm looking to try out clipless pedals, but I have wide feet that will not fit into normal shoes. Is there any company that makes wide, walkable shoes? Something somewhat flexible with rubber soles is what I'm looking for. I've looked for wide shoes, but all I've found are super expensive professional-looking models.
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Old 05-14-11, 11:53 PM   #2
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I would have said the Mega line from Sidi, but you said rubber soles.
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Old 05-15-11, 12:52 AM   #3
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Take a look at the Shimano SPD-M086 shoes ... and try a 1/2 size larger than normal.
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Old 05-15-11, 02:31 AM   #4
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Lake, Shimano, Sidi and perhaps others make wide variants of their shoes. I've never tried them on though, so no clue how much wider they might be.

Any mountain shoe without a carbon sole will be "walkable". Expensive is relative.
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I have a pair of Shimano SH-MT33L: http://www.zappos.com/multiview/7727832/2557 Their very comfortable. Like FlatSix said, just try 1/2 size larger. The shoes I've got are also very breathable. $70-$80ish.
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I have a pair of Shimano SH-MT33L: http://<a href="http://www.zappos.co...27832/2557</a> Their very comfortable. Like FlatSix said, just try 1/2 size larger. The shoes I've got are also very breathable. $70-$80ish.
Those are the ones I was looking at. With the Zappos return policy, I guess I can't go wrong.
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Lake's wide shoes truly are wide. My Lake winter cycling boots (MXZ-302) are just about the most comfortable shoe of any kind that I own.

As far as LBS shoes gos, I've had good experience with Bontrager, and last week I bought a pair of Specialized Sonoma, $75. Too early to say for certain, but so far I'm liking them a lot.
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Look for touring shoes if you want walkable. I've yet to find an mtb specific that didn't allow the cleat to strike a given walking surface. That being said I did check out the Specialized Sonoma shoe mentioned in the above post. I'm looking for a new pair of commuting/utility shoes. They do say 'walkable' in the ad, but all off-road/road cycling specific shoes are 'walkable' and virtually all of them have varying degrees of cleat strike. Touring specific shoes are the only consistent cycling shoes I've seen that eliminate cleat strike, but not all brands. My wife has a nice pair of Lakes and I've got a pair of Cannondales that are 14 years old. No cleat strike issues w/either of these shoes.

Btw, I've got a pair of Lake MXZ-301 which is the road version of the winter boots and have to concur they are my most comfortable cycling shoes.
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Also consider the cleats themselves. Shimano SPD cleats are taller than SPD-compatible two-bolt cleats from Crank Brothers and Time, so they'll crunch on more surfaces. CB cleats on Specialized MTB shoes only crunched on gravel and the occasional sidewalk for me (as an example).
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I saw some Keen SPD-compatible shoes at REI yesterday. They looked like normal work, casual shoes and appeared sort of wide. Only drawback is the laces.
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I've also been considering the Shimano SH-MT33L shoes in the Zappos link above. I also have wide feet so was planning on a half a size larger to see how they fit. Zappos return policy is sweet, so it makes it easy to try things.
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Take a look at the Shimano SPD-M086 shoes ... and try a 1/2 size larger than normal.
+1

I've only ever walked 3/4 a mile in mine, but didn't have problems.
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I have these, http://www.rei.com/product/796898/ke...ike-shoes-mens, they are definatly wider then the Shimanos I used to wear. I have not worn them much as prefer sandals when the weather warms.
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Shimano's Sandals have the SPD cleat mount, and width
is just an adjustment of the straps.
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I'm looking to try out clipless pedals, but I have wide feet that will not fit into normal shoes. Is there any company that makes wide, walkable shoes? Something somewhat flexible with rubber soles is what I'm looking for. I've looked for wide shoes, but all I've found are super expensive professional-looking models.
I have freaking hobbit feet AND tailor's bunions, I wear these. They're fine for commuting (well, for me about 3 miles each way), but for longer rides I have to take a break after 10-15 miles and let my feet out. I think cycling shoes are made for people with tiny little hot-dog feet :-/ (My normal shoes are SAS loafers, size 9-EEE)
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Take a look at the Shimano SPD-M086 shoes ... and try a 1/2 size larger than normal.
+1 for Shimano. I have the model just below. M-076 and love it!

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I cant address the wide sizes part, but this might give you more options to explore - don't rule out the road shoes without trying them out first with cleats attached. I started off with spd mountain style shoes and later switched to the road shoes with the larger road cleats to address some toe numbness I was getting from the combination of cheap/weak soles and the small mountain cleat. I was pleasantly surprised to find the shimano road cleats to be just as "walkable" as my spd mountain shoes. The cleats on the road shoes have little rubber grippy things that really work well. Also, you dont have to worry as much about a metal cleat scratching your hardwood floors
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I cant address the wide sizes part, but this might give you more options to explore - don't rule out the road shoes without trying them out first with cleats attached. I started off with spd mountain style shoes and later switched to the road shoes with the larger road cleats to address some toe numbness I was getting from the combination of cheap/weak soles and the small mountain cleat. I was pleasantly surprised to find the shimano road cleats to be just as "walkable" as my spd mountain shoes. The cleats on the road shoes have little rubber grippy things that really work well. Also, you dont have to worry as much about a metal cleat scratching your hardwood floors
I have the same problem with getting numb toes on longer/harder rides. Road shoes and cleats (SPD-SL specifically) do seem to help although I would caution against anyone getting them for their "walkability".

It's true that the cleats are plastic with little rubber nubs so they won't chew up a floor, but road shoes tend to be very stiff and if they don't have any rubber tread on them people ARE going to hear you coming. You'll also walk like a robot in them. Since they're plastic they you'll be replacing them more often. Regular MTB shoes aren't all that walkable either so they're not the best basis for comparison. Touring shoes or maybe sandals (haven't tried them) sound like winners.

I have one pair of Lake shoes in Wide and they're one of few shoes I've felt comfortable in without having to break them in first. They're road shoes though and not very walkable. Not sure which Lake models would most fit that description.

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I have wide feet and found the Sidi Mega to be best. When I didn't want to shell out for how much they cost these days I went with NorthWave. A teeny bit tighter, but more durable and cheaper. I generally have great luck with Keen shoes, so I tried on a pair of their cycling shoes (don't remember the model) and found them to be tortuously narrow.
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Something somewhat flexible with rubber soles is what I'm looking for.
Flexible soles tend to make bike shoes uncomfortable. I can't remember if that's on a bike in general, or only for clipless pedals; it might be only clipless because a much smaller part of your foot actually has contact with the pedal, compared to platforms. But there's a reason people spend so much on carbon fiber shoes, and it isn't the weight. Stiff means comfortable.
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Diadora makes it's shoes wider.

http://www.diadora.it/en/scheda.html?id=831
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Unfortunately, for those of us with truly wide feet a bump in size will not address the problem. Shopping for a decent wide shoe is difficult. Shopping for a wide cycling shoe is maddening.
For a road shoe, Sidi's mega line is fantastic.
For a commuting / touring shoe, Lake's MX 102-Wide is very good IF you can find them.
If you have unlimited resources, and don't mind spending $1,250 for a pair of shoes, check these out. But don't dispair, your second pair is only $850...
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Okay, I've been looking around and I'm leaning toward the Lake MX-102 or the Shimano SH-M087GE, which is the only shoe they make in wide for an affordable price (aside from the road variant without a rubber sole). I looked at the Diadora Globe, but it doesn't seem to be an actual wide size, so I'd have to try it on first. The Lake model looks especially nice, so I'll try finding a pair of those first.

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Unfortunately, for those of us with truly wide feet a bump in size will not address the problem.
Amen to that. I bought a new pair of regular shoes this week and tried putting my feet into a non-wide shoe a full size larger than normal and couldn't even get the ball of my foot past the arch.

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Unfortunately, for those of us with truly wide feet a bump in size will not address the problem. Shopping for a decent wide shoe is difficult. Shopping for a wide cycling shoe is maddening.
For a road shoe, Sidi's mega line is fantastic.
For a commuting / touring shoe, Lake's MX 102-Wide is very good IF you can find them.
If you have unlimited resources, and don't mind spending $1,250 for a pair of shoes, check these out. But don't dispair, your second pair is only $850...
You guys should check your insurance, since those are Orthodic shoes.
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