Used > New - if you want to save $$$
The only two pair of cycling shoes I have were bought online (both used condition without trying anything on in the stores). I've been real lucky both times (each set has fit). Am I taking a risk? - Maybe, though my theory is that if I cannot wear it - someone else will buy it after I relist it.
First pair were off of Craigslist, size 44 uk - paid <$30 shipped, the brand doesn't exist anymore (was an Italian brand); however, it was the same brand that the big name American cyclist (not Lance) wore in the TDF back in '81 I believe. Louis Something I think his name was. These shoes showed no wear and were in like new condition.
Second pair (and my new favorite) were off of E-bay, size 44.5 uk - paid <$92 shipped for Sidi Ergo 1 (also an Italian brand) - which is an "excellent" shoe to buy online because of the adjustments (just make sure you get your length about right, and at less than $100 shipped I feel I got it at an excellent price point). These were obviously used, but still have a lot of life left in them and it gave me a shot at trying a pair of Sidi's I could actually afford.
If I ever wear out these two pair of shoes, then I'll go used again - not much difference between new and used in my opinion - especially when you're wanting to "try" the top of the line shoe sets - and if a season or two old doesn't mean much to you. I'm not a pro cyclists, but those Sidi's sure do feel good (maybe it's because they've been broken in already, or maybe it's just they're that good)... and if I paid $300 for a new pair my spouse would be pissed.
... and why buy a new pair of mediocre brand new cycling shoes for <$100 when you still have to break them in with a changing "comfort feeling" over their lifetime (if they even feel comfortable) when you can get something used that is very adjustable, cleanable, repairable, and feels great on your feet from the start? With the limited amount of cycling I do, I could not have gotten a better deal. Having been drooling over Sidi's for a while, my wife knew how much they typically cost on E-bay and was ready to pounce until I told her to relax as I only paid $92 shipped for them.
Happy with used shoes, definetly... lucky, maybe. Would I ever buy a new pair? Yeah, but only when I get to the age of having everything else paid off.
Last edited by Bheleu; 09-17-09 at 01:43 PM.