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Old 04-15-14, 09:53 AM   #1
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Your shoe size and your Northwave cycling shoe size...

... or how do Northwaves run for size? I am size 11US and not sure whether to go 45 or 46 here.
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Old 04-15-14, 09:54 AM   #2
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Old 04-15-14, 10:23 AM   #3
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Old 04-15-14, 11:25 AM   #4
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So from your experience they fit true to size chart?
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Old 04-15-14, 11:33 AM   #5
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Shoes that fit me...normally I'm a US size 11

Specialized = 45.5
Giro = 45.5
Northwave = 44.5
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From my experience, the shoe size chart on CC is accurate. They say a 48 Northwave is a 14, and it is. Almost every other brand I find a 48 too small (usually listed as 13.5 or 13.75) and a 49 too big (even if listed as a 14), so I have found Northwave to be true to their published numbers. Specialized is true to their numbers as well. Others not so much.
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Old 04-15-14, 11:10 PM   #7
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... or how do Northwaves run for size? I am size 11US and not sure whether to go 45 or 46 here.
I am an 11 and wear a 44.5. I could actually go 44 if the toe box is rounded and not pointed. If it's pointed, definitely a 45.

44.5 on left and 44 on right.

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Old 07-01-14, 02:59 PM   #9
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44, 40 or fight.
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Old 07-02-14, 04:32 AM   #10
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I wear a US size 9, and both my Shimano R087s and my Northwave winter boots are 43.
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Old 07-02-14, 07:30 AM   #11
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Northwaves have a different last than Sidi or Shimano shoes. Specifically, the last used in Northwave shoes is one of the few that can accomodate people with longer metatarsals than average for a given total foot length. In other words, if the ball of your foot is closer to the end of your foot (or maybe shorter toes) than the average person, Northwaves could fit you extremely well.

Obviously, Northwave fit other foot geometries as well but I can't find a Sidi that works well for me whereas Northwave are nearly flawless. I wear a 14 US shoe size and 48 Northwave and my metatarsals are a little longer than average (my metatarsals are about the length of a size-15 foot but the whole foot length is 'just' 14)

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Old 07-02-14, 08:28 AM   #12
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Used to wear Bontragers in 44 (size 10), Northwave in that size was way too big. Went down to 43 and it was fine.
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Old 07-02-14, 05:55 PM   #14
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I had heard that Northwave changed their sizing to be more consistent with other brands around 2012-13.
I wish we could all go by actual length of foot versus a mythical inconsistent number
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