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    What to look for in first road shoes

    Hey Guys,
    Need some help here.

    There are hundreds of different road shoe brands / models available. My goal is long distance rides, good pace, but not racing or anything.

    What should I look for? One challenge I've had with my MTB shoes is hot spots on my feet...maybe this will help in your recommendation.

    Thanks!

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    I don't think I'll ever go back to a bike shoe that only has velcro to hold my foot in. Too fiddly.

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    S-works if you want the best. Love the BOA system. Sidis did give me hot spot. Have not had it on S-works.

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    Whatever you do, make sure you look at the new Giro shoes. I saw some at my local REI the other day, and I was very impressed with the construction. When I am in the market for new shoes, Giro is gonna be among the brand I'll look at.
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    And one more thing; shoes are about absolute comfort. You should attempt to be in the position of you not thinking about your shoes while riding. In other words, there should be absolutely no issue(s) about them.
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    You can't go wrong with Specialized or SIDI. SIDI Genius 5, or Specialized Expert road are good values. What shoes can you try on in your area? As Jed19 mentions fit is extremely important.

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    I would go with the one that fits the best from the first day - You are not really walking in them, and the soles don't bend you walk - so there is little break in period for the uppers. My sidi's feel the same after 2,000 miles as they did the day I put them on the store.

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    I tried on a few pairs of Shimano shoes and none of them even felt appealing enough on my feet for me to test them out.

    I then tried on a pair of Specialized Comp Road shoes. They fit my feet like they were literally made for ME. I only have 40 miles on them right now but so far so good.
    They were a size smaller than I usually am so don't be afraid to jump around to find exactly what you need. Fit is the most important thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
    You can't go wrong with Specialized or SIDI.
    What he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
    You can't go wrong with Specialized or SIDI. SIDI Genius 5, or Specialized Expert road are good values. What shoes can you try on in your area? As Jed19 mentions fit is extremely important.
    Luckily, in Toronto, we have access to every major brand. I was checking out the Genius 5, they look a good value.,

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    Go with what's comfortable and don't worry about the brand. I find it hard to compare how a shoe is going to feel on a bike v. trying it on in the store. One thing is for sure, if it is not comfortable in the stote it's going to be terrible on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
    Go with what's comfortable and don't worry about the brand. I find it hard to compare how a shoe is going to feel on a bike v. trying it on in the store. One thing is for sure, if it is not comfortable in the stote it's going to be terrible on the bike.
    +1.

    I went into the store thinking Sidis were the bee's knees and they ended up simply not being right for my feet. Shoe brand counts for nada. Try on as many shoes as possible so you have a frame of reference. If you've found a pair that you like, stay in them for a while. Similar to getting ski boots...if you've ever done that.
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    I'm pretty comfortable with my Diadoras... My bro don't like much is Giro shoes, finds them too narrow.

    It's up to you to try and figure out which brand makes the shoe that fits you. If you prefer boas, velcro, or ratchet. The airflow position, if you ride in the cold with booties, you may want to avoid the shoes with an air hole right behind the cleats, it's not well covored by the bootie... It's little details that makes you love or hate your shoes!

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    I guess the key with finding a "brand" was for design / workmanship / build quality.

    My LBS primarily carries only Bontrager and Shimano shoes...and I'm not a fan of Shimano shoes.

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    I should add...I am entitled to 30% off any clothing / accessories at my LBS...so if I did want Shimano or Bontrager....

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    I just tried on some Giro's and I needed a change of socks because my feet blew a load, they fit my high arches very well, something I never considered until then. Footbed is huge, Fizik has a custom sole oven.
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    I'm not one to take advantage of "return policies" but MEC in Toronto has the best return policy in the industry (basically, they don't care how long you own it, if you don't like it, bring it back). They are a SIDI vendor, competitively priced with vendors such as Chain Reaction. They have the new "FIVE" series in stock as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
    I just tried on some Giro's and I needed a change of socks because my feet blew a load

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    the most important thing is that you look good wearing them.
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    I got the Sidi Five's. They feel excellent. Money well spent it seems! Plus, I bought them from www.mec.ca

    Their Rock solid guarantee means that even if I use them, there is no time limit on satisfaction...this will allow me to truly ensure I like them.

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