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Old 09-23-06, 06:19 PM   #1
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Bike Shoes for Ski-Footed Bikers

I wear a 14-AA (US sizing) shoe. As near as I can tell, that's about a 49 metric/Euro size. Can anyone recommend a source for a bike shoe which would fit me?

The best I've found so far is a 14-D. I'm looking for something I can cyclocross in, so it had better fit right. I've been a fairly serious runner for 15 years, but am just taking up cycling this year. If try a running shoe that's even a B-width, my foot slides around while I run to the point I can turn my foot over in the shoe -- dangerous. I've never worn a cycling shoe of any kind. My limited experience riding bikes with old-fashioned clip pedels is that the cage is so small compared to my foot, that my foot goes numb in a few miles. So my entire life, I've only biked in running shoes on flat pedels. I have no idea whether a real biking shoe would make my rides more enjoyable, but I assume it would, since it seems that they are de rigeur for all serious cyclists. My average rides are now 15 - 30 miles on a road bike. Can anyone suggest a shoe that will work for me, please?
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Old 11-21-06, 02:31 AM   #2
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Our 16yo son (6'7" tall) wears size 17 or 18 shoes. His 13yo brother (6'1" tall) wears size 16 so far. Darling little sister is 10yo in ladies' size 6.5 - she hasn't started growing much yet.

We can only buy shoes and boots for these boys at Zappos, but they don't carry cycling shoes - even for normal sized feet like my 12s.

We can't afford Rocket7 custom shoes. Any suggestions for manufacturers and vendors of large-size off-the-shelf cycling shoes? Or are they doomed to a life of cycling with running shoes on platform pedals?
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Old 11-21-06, 05:44 AM   #3
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I have UK12.5-13.5G/US14EE-EEE/EU47-49 size feet.

Sidi Mega worked for me but you should be able to get away with the regular width Sidi shoes. I can just squeeze my feet into Sidi Action SRS shoes so try those - replaceable rubber lugs, ultra stiff carbon sole, ratchet strap system that's all replaceable, really comfortable shoe. I had custom insoles made to provide arch support and effectively shorten my feet by raising the arches slightly - basically, all day comfort with no numbness or hot spots.

As an alternative the sidi dominators either in Mega or regular width are also great but don't have the replaceable rubber lugs option. Also the Dominator sole isn't as stiff as the Action.

Anyway, ALWAYS try shoes before you buy especially if unsure of the fit

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/shoes/index_S.shtml

http://www.sidisport.com/eng/cycling/art.asp?ATp_ID=C02

http://www.sidiusa.com/mtb.html#a


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I wear a 13 US and ended up with a 14 (49) Shimano SPD road shoe. I can't remember the model but it was about $79 at the LBS. Basically I just went in there and tried everything on until something fit. You didn't just grow big feet overnight. You know the drill. Every time you pass a place that has bike shoes, get in there and try them all on!

I think you'll find the clipless pedals work great.
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I wear a 13 US and ended up with a 14 (49) Shimano SPD road shoe. I can't remember the model but it was about $79 at the LBS. Basically I just went in there and tried everything on until something fit. You didn't just grow big feet overnight. You know the drill. Every time you pass a place that has bike shoes, get in there and try them all on!

I think you'll find the clipless pedals work great.
Thanks what I did, I wear a 13/14 shoe, think I ended up with a 13 (or 14?) shimano mtn shoe.
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I am also a 13, I ended up with Shimano SPD-SL shoes, simply because they fit at my LBS. It is possible to order shoes, just go in and start trying them on, something will work. Also, i have a narrow foot, and find that most bike shoes are narrow to begin with. Some of the newer models are widening, but this is one type of shoe, made for us of the narrow foot ilk.
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