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    Shoe Fitting

    Is it ill advised to go up a bit in size? One foot is 42.5, the other just above 42. LBS says going to the 43 will not hurt anything. Anyone out there have experience with this? I use to buy my shoes a tad small-snug when I rode years ago. Don't remember why. Of course then the shoes had laces.

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    I think my shoes are a little tight this year and I have been having a minor bit of foot numbness at the end of long rides. On the other hand (or foot) I've never liked loose shoes. The difference between a 42 and a 43 is not too great. The 43 would probably be better on the 42.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    I think my shoes are a little tight this year and I have been having a minor bit of foot numbness at the end of long rides. On the other hand (or foot) I've never liked loose shoes. The difference between a 42 and a 43 is not too great. The 43 would probably be better on the 42.5.
    I have used 41 size shoes for around 45 years. Last couple of months and the cycling shoes have been tweaking my feet a bit. Went to the LBS and my feet hacve grown to 42. Most probably it is foot spread but going up a size has improved foot comfort. Those old shoes were getting too tight.
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    My advice - buy the larger size. I have on more than 1 occasion purchased ( after carefully trying them on) shoes that proved to be too short - foot discomfort - lost a big toenail after a 109 mile ride, etcetera. Don't buy shoes that are too short. If you do, you will regret it.

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    Try the Specialized line of shoes. Their design is more like an athletic shoe,roomier toe. Very comfortable and true to size. Lp

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    Another vote for at least one size up. You can always tighten them. You cannot stretch a shoe to put on thicker socks in winter, and thicker socks in winter are a seriously good idea.
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    I always have to try them on and hope for the best. My feet swell in heat and in the afternoon and if I've been standing, and when it's cold I swear they are about a size and a half smaller.

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    As long as there is room to tighten the buckle I would go with the 43. Your feet will swell a bit on long rides and as everyone said having shoes that are too tight will not work. The only issue I see is that shoes may stretch a bit and if you don't have the ability to tighten them they may turn out too loose in the future. I know with the shoes I have I had about 2 clicks left when I got them and now I am all of the way down to the stop, so next time I plan to go one size smaller.
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    shoe sizing

    I may be the odd guy out here but I prefer my shoes a tad large.
    Heavier socks for cold weather cycling, feel swelling a bit after 4 hours of cycling,
    european sizing that doesn't reflect the american foot whatsoever.
    I went up to a 45/11 several years back and was glad I did.

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    You can always count on your feet to swell just a bit in very hot weather or after long hours on the bike. You can add inserts and in cooler weather an additional layer of socks. With smaller shoes, there's not much you can do if it's too tight.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Cycling shoes always seem narrow and tight in the toe area to me. I always end up getting a at least a size larger than the the conversion charts say I should need. Do Europeans all have narrow pointy feet? I prefer lace ups since they allow good flexibility between swollen feet/non swollen feet and winter/summer socks.

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    The problem is that size is not consistant from shoe brand to shoe brand. As one who has tried many different brand of cycling shoes I find that size variation even run from shoe model to model within brands. Northwaves in a 43 are like 44.5 in a Nike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106 View Post
    The problem is that size is not consistant from shoe brand to shoe brand. As one who has tried many different brand of cycling shoes I find that size variation even run from shoe model to model within brands. Northwaves in a 43 are like 44.5 in a Nike.
    You are so correct. As a matter of fact, I am going from some Nike's in 42 to some Sidi's in 43. The Nike's hurt my feet and were too narrow (and I do not have a wide foot). Even though it seemed that the toe box of the Nike fit correctly. The Sidi's seem to fit better and are more comfortable.

    At $138 for some brand new Genius 5's (probably 07's) could not turn them down. Going to give the Nike's (only about 150 miles on them) to a assistant mechanic at a LBS. He was thrilled. He is a great kid and always helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSLeVan View Post
    You can always count on your feet to swell just a bit in very hot weather or after long hours on the bike.
    this is true. you can count on it. If my shoes feel slightly loose in the store I know they'll fit better once I am spinning the pedals.
    And you know that notion just crossed my mind.

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