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    Question on Cycling Shoes

    Ive been looking around for a new pair of shoes for race season and Ive run into a few problems. I was a runner for all of high school and most of college. I just recently switched over to cycling because of knee issues. I'm currently riding a Giant TCR and Pearl Izumi Vegabond shoes. These shoes have treated me very well and Im not totally opposed to getting another pair. But I thought since I was going to be racing that I might step up (pardon the pun) to something lighter and stiffer. The guy at one of my LBS told me that there is no difference between a nylon sole and carbon sole, except weight. Another LBS told me that Carbon is also much stiffer. So my first question is; Can I justify buying a pair of carbon soled shoes?

    My other question has to do with fit. I have narrow heels and a wide forfoot. I love my pearl izumis and am tempted to get another pair. When I ran, I always wore asics, just because they fit my feet perfectly, and actually corrected many of my knee issues. Ive tried Sidi's and I cant stand the way they feel. the toebox is much too narrow for my foot, I tried a pair of wides and they felt sloppy, like the whole shoe got wider, when I just needed the toe area wider and not the heel.

    Does anyone know of any brands that I should try? So far I've only tried PI, SIDI, and Specialized. Specialized felt okay, but not quite as good as PI. Any suggestions would be awesome!!

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    Sidi also makes many of their shoes in what they call "Megawide" versions. Did you try those or the standard widths?
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    I tried the regular wide version of SIDI's, they just felt loose in the heel, Im almost thinking that I just have to go to another brand. Just like in running, I couldnt wear brooks, sauconys, or mizunos.

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    Check out Lake shoes too.
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    Sidi Genius Mega...



    enough said.

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    Try adidas. My adistar Pros have a fairly big toebox... that's something I need because I hate the feeling of my toes touching the shoe (so I'm a pretty good judge of toebox size ).

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    If money is no object try Rocket7 shoes or the new Heat Lake moldable shoe.
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    i had vagabond road shoes & could bend/flex them with my hands. i cant do that to my specialized pro carbons at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecd
    i had vagabond road shoes & could bend/flex them with my hands. i cant do that to my specialized pro carbons at all.
    I'm seeing the same thing, the other thing is that I looked and the PI flow road and another PI model have the same sole, so Im hesitant to get those. I did find a pair of adidas on Performance that have a carbon insert.

    Also $$ is a bit of an issue, Im a college student

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