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Old 06-19-11, 06:35 PM   #1
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Wide feet women's cycling shoes?

My wife needs to get some "real" cycling shoes to replace her running shoes while she's riding. She wears a 7 1/2 US (Women's) but has feet that are on the wider side up in the toe area. If she can't find wider width shoes in 7 1/2 she typically goes up to an 8. Are there mountain bike or touring type shoes for women that accommodate wider feet? She'd want something that isn't a completely stiff sole but which would have a flexible toe and would allow for comfortable walking. She doesn't do clipless pedals or even toe clips/straps. I'm hoping to get her to build up her confidence by at least getting to using Power Grips (which I used for many years). Right now though, she needs some real cycling shoes.
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Keen Presidio Pedal. Any Keen shoe is pretty wide, the presidio is a fairly understated attractive shoe, takes SPD or Crank Bros cleats.

EDIT, added the "pedal" bit, found out there is a non-cycling version.
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I have wide feet and I've found that men's shoes fit me better than women's shoes.
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I have wide feet and I've found that men's shoes fit me better than women's shoes.
Yes. My wife rides with men's shoes too, but most places don't stock them in small enough sizes for her so they're a bit tough to find.
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Keen Presidio Pedal. Any Keen shoe is pretty wide.
This is not true of Keen's cycling shoes. I wear Keen Sandals to commute in, but their "Commuter" sandals (cycling version of the ubiquitous Newport) is laughably narrow. Try before you buy; I know that the Presidio is also narrow, but the new styles may be wider.
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I've had my own dismal luck with purchasing cycling shoes online and seemingly NEVER getting a decent fit, resulting in sending lots of shoes back. I simply won't buy cycling shoes online anymore. I'm going to take her into a few of the local shops and have her just try stuff on and see what works. Still, it'd be nice to know if some brands trend wider than others, but I've found most cycling shoes tend to run very narrow which has been an issue for me and I don't have "wide" feet by any stretch.
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Shimano's Sandals are adjustable, with straps, still offer the 'Spud' cleat pocket.

to install the cleats, or not..

a rigid arch support insole can turn a soft shoe into something stiffer,
from the, ball of the foot back,... then a big platform pedal with grip pins
will be a good combination..

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...I'm going to take her into a few of the local shops and have her just try stuff on and see what works...
In theory a good idea, but most shops, even big ones, have a very limited selection and often a limited range of sizes, so this may or may not work out.
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