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Old 10-12-06, 07:06 PM   #1
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Shoe review

If anyone has been looking at the Vittoria shoes on nashbar, save your money. First the good stuff. They breathe really well. Its the first time i've ever felt my feet get cold while riding. Seems like it would be good when its hot.

Now for the rest. The overall quality feels cheap. The straps feel like they'll start to rip in a matter of weeks. The ratchet system (most of the reason i bought the shoes) doesn't tighten well. It has a 3 position adjustment for different sized feet, but I couldn't get it into the narrow position. It seemed poorly designed. There is almost no padding on the bottom of the shoe. I could feel the cleat mounts easily through the sole whether I was walking or riding. I didn't go far, but I expect serious hot spots on long rides. The fit doesn't seem strong. I got the right size (there is only 1/4 inch between my big toe and the end of the shoe) but in trying to twist out of my pedals, my foot moved a lot side to side. I'm going to send them back tomorrow. I should just bite the bullet and get sidis, but I just can't justify spending $200 on shoes when I don't have much more than that in the bank.
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I should just bite the bullet and get sidis, but I just can't justify spending $200 on shoes when I don't have much more than that in the bank.
Live above your means, get a credit card!! thanks for the review. theres nothing worse than thinking youre getting an awesome deal and the product turns out to be complete crap.
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Live above your means, get a credit card!! thanks for the review. theres nothing worse than thinking youre getting an awesome deal and the product turns out to be complete crap.
Living above my means with credit cards is what got me so poor in the first place.
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do you not like these? sidi dominators . they are the same price as the vittorias.
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If you are looking at sidis make sure you get the ones with the ratchet clasp (the most expensive ones). I have the nicest of the kinds that comes with the three straps and can never get them as tight as I want them, and the straps are starting to show some wear. Although when they fail I hope the warranty will cover it.
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I did some research on the warranty. Basically they want you to send them the shoes, and then they will decide how worn they are during the five year period. If they think you have "raced" in them, they will not honor the warranty. At least this is what my LBS tells me. If they are thrashed, it doesn't sound good.
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That sucks. I wish everyone treated customers like 1upUSA. I bought they're trainer last winter and wrecked my road bike after having it two weeks. I called them up and told them that I wrecked my road bike and didn't see any chance in getting another one soon. They paid the shipping to send my used trainer back to them and sent me my money back. Bloody amazing customer service.
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That sucks the shoes blow. I got Nashbar's "pro mountain" shoe a while ago, and I'm not too happy with it. I think I'll eventually be getting some Sidi's...
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do you not like these? sidi dominators . they are the same price as the vittorias.
I have the regular version of this shoe. really nice. I wouldn't go with the 'narrow' unless your feet were extremely narrow. usually you want some room to let your dogs breath.
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After you dick around with a bunch of different shoes, you'll eventually spring for some Sidi's. People do.
What's that old saying about "cost being forgotten, but the quality remains".
I'm wearing 1st gen Dominators, and they still work. Wifey just bought me a new pair because the old ones stink to make you gag. There's not a thing wrong with them but their vile odor.
Just buy the damn things and move on.
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sidi's are definately worth the scratch. you really want to make sure you get the right size and width. i started out with a pair of zeta's in a 44 regular, which felt good, and ended up with a set of dominators in my actual size of 43.5 narrow that feel amazing. i got them for around $150 new with a coupon at universalcycles.com.

specialized's shoes look pretty good too.
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Live above your means, get a credit card!! thanks for the review. theres nothing worse than thinking youre getting an awesome deal and the product turns out to be complete crap.
This was me last weekend, "20% off mountain shoes" Performance coupon in one hand, and Dominator Megas in the other.

I figured $160 was a good buy-- the cheapest Shimano wide shoes I could find ran something like $130 online. $30 more for the SIDIs? Time to flex plastic.
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specialized's shoes look pretty good too.
I have some Specialized Comp MTBs and they're awesome. Really walkable, really breathable, to the point where any more in this weather, I really need those toe warmer things, and I haven't had any hot spots with my Eggbeaters, even on 30 mile rides or so. They were $80 at a LBS.
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do you not like these? sidi dominators . they are the same price as the vittorias.
Those don't come in a big enough size.
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I did some research on the warranty. Basically they want you to send them the shoes, and then they will decide how worn they are during the five year period. If they think you have "raced" in them, they will not honor the warranty. At least this is what my LBS tells me. If they are thrashed, it doesn't sound good.
I've sent back shoes to them before and they just refunded the money. i've only worn the shoes once, so we'll see.
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Those don't come in a big enough size.

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hehehehehe, nice. You know what they say, big feet... big shoes.
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Be a man and get some carbon/composite road shoes.

Then you can be all badarse (like me) walking like a doofus.
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or some custom rockets at $439 a pair - custom or stock, 8 colors to choose from for the straps, heel, body and tongue. happy ending optional.






while you're at it you can pick up a set of $1200 Track/TT shoes to match

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you would think shoes that pricey would be classy enough not to have a website splashed all over them. sheesh.




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I have some Specialized Comp MTBs and they're awesome. Really walkable, really breathable, to the point where any more in this weather, I really need those toe warmer things, and I haven't had any hot spots with my Eggbeaters, even on 30 mile rides or so. They were $80 at a LBS.

aye aye. specialized shoes are the stuff. i have just the regular mtb shoes and i love them. and the straps are great. plus they're red and black so i feel a little bit like Satan.
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The couriers that work for Bill Gates wear those rocket7 shoes. They are straight up hot.
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YES! I would pay whatever you asked to see that lardass on a fixed gear.

As for Specialized shoes, I wish mine were black and red, they're black and grey, but I've had people when I was just around somewhere walking to my bike or walking from my bike say "dude, those are cool shoes!" and I've always been like hmm, that's cool, I thought I looked kind of ridiculous.
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Yeah my Sidis are ugly as hell. I have the all silver ones.
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I switched from Sidi Genius to some carbon-soled Diadoras this year and really love the feel of carbon now. I've ridden the Sidis a few times since and they feel like flip flops by comparison. My next shoes will be Specialized body geometry of some sort. If you go to the specialized site, and go to the shoes section, they have a closeout section with models from previous years... some great deals in there IMO.
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