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zacster 03-16-14 06:38 AM

Help with shoes
 
I've had a pair of Giro shoes the last few years, with keo cleats, and just find them uncomfortable. I don't remember the model. I'm looking to go with Sidi for a new pair, but which ones?

I'm a recreational rider, ride hard when I'm up for it, but don't race. When I did a quick check on Competitive Cyclist just now I was shocked by the prices. I'm not looking to spend $400 for a pair of shoes, there are more important things for me, like college for my kids. But am I getting something better in the 200-300 range than what I have? Before I bought the Giros I was looking at the Sidi that were in the $230 price range, I think the Genius 5. Is that, or the equivalent current shoe, a good choice? I know shoes are pretty much a personal choice, but I want to at least start at the right place.

dmcdam 03-16-14 07:06 AM

The only way to make a good choice is to go and try them on. Don't get hung up in a brand - go with what fits because they all fit very differently. I'd live to buy Sidi's but I just can't - don't fit the shape of my foot at all.

dkoernert 03-16-14 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by dmcdam (Post 16581821)
The only way to make a good choice is to go and try them on. Don't get hung up in a brand - go with what fits because they all fit very differently. I'd live to buy Sidi's but I just can't - don't fit the shape of my foot at all.

+1. I had to try on many different shoes before I settled on my current pair (Bontrager RXLs). I'd love to own Sidis as well, but they don't fit my feet either.

zacster 03-16-14 12:44 PM

I'll have to try some on. The last time it was just sticker shock, but I'm willing to spend a little more this time, especially since my feet hurt when I was riding yesterday.

The big problem is you don't how they'll feel when you're riding until you ride with them.

chil2makefun 03-16-14 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by zacster (Post 16582670)
I'll have to try some on. The last time it was just sticker shock, but I'm willing to spend a little more this time, especially since my feet hurt when I was riding yesterday.

If you have narrow feet, the sidis might work for you, if you don't... Well I can guarantee you that they just won't feel right.

dmcdam 03-16-14 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by zacster (Post 16582670)
I'll have to try some on. The last time it was just sticker shock, but I'm willing to spend a little more this time, especially since my feet hurt when I was riding yesterday.

The big problem is you don't how they'll feel when you're riding until you ride with them.

I usually go in with a number in mind and then agree I'll spend a bit more than that if I find the right fit.

Spend as much time as you can in them at the shop. More than a few minutes. A good gauge is when the staff start giving you the stink-eye for hanging around. It won't replicate a ride but it's the best you can do. When you're done, take off your socks and see if there are any red pressure points that don't fade within a few minutes.

Cookiemonsta 03-17-14 04:43 AM

Perhaps if you think about why the Giro's are uncomfortable for you, it will help you to find something more suitable. One thing people often seem to do is to get tight-fitting shoes, which does not really go hand in hand with comfort when it comes to cycling shoes. Sometimes, just getting a larger size can help a lot.

shyonelung 03-17-14 01:41 PM

I have three pairs of Sidis. Two I bought 15 years ago, a road pair and a mtb pair. I still use the MTB shoes - they were in my closet gathering dust for awhile. The road shoes are still in pretty good shape and I use them for spinning classes. Last year or so I bought a pair of Genius 5's on ebay that the guy said he'd only worn three times. I won them for $90 and am VERY happy with them.


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