Shoes for the large toed cyclist?
So, I have size 13 feet. And rather large toes. I came to the realization today as I was experiencing crippling toe to top of shoe pain while slowing down that I should invest in some shoes with more toe space (a bigger toe box.) And a little extra room for a half foot orthotic. I have a foot problem where sometimes (when I get tired or really exert myself) my left big toe will try to stick up from my foot, or press down into the sole of the shoe. With tight shoes this results in me either jamming my toe into the top of the shoe, or into the bottom of the shoe, eventually wearing a toe shaped hole in the insole. I used to have a pair of lace up shimano mtb shoes that weren't too bad, but eventually I wore the bottom out and got serious hot spots with it. I moved on to some Time MXC shoes, which I love for mountain biking (where strangely the toe problems don't usually manifest very often) but I find that it's really giving me problems when I'm on the road or touring.
Any suggestions for a stiff soled shoe with a good sized toe box?
Sandals!!! I use Lake, but Shimano has some too. With velcro straps, everything is adjustable, so you have room for extra socks when it's cold or big toes or whatever.
Why didn't I think of that? How are they over long distances? In the rain?
Originally Posted by imafencer
My size 13 plus feet just fit the largest Shimano sandals size 48/49. I have been using them since they first came out at home and on tour including the Divide Ride
Great performance and durability with or without using cleats. I add Sealskinz socks for rainy weather. Useful for trail hiking as well although cleats take a beating on rock fragments and may cause loss of traction at times
Redesigned for 2006 with greater stiffness, a new tread pattern and a third strap. Both are excellent improvements. Mine are now three months old and I use them every day. I add dark socks for formal events!
I didn't think about sealskinz socks. I'm assuming those are neoprene socks or something to that effect?
Originally Posted by arctos
Think an orthotic would fit in those sandals?
Sealskinz are waterproof and breathable socks. Much different than neoprene socks.
I cannot answer your orthotic question. The sandal footbed is moulded as part of the sandal and is not removeable.You will just have to try a pair for orthotic compatability.
I have size 14 feet with mammoth big toes. I have a unique (sorta) solution. I don't wear bike shoes, I don't use toe clips, nor do I use clipless pedals. I use old-fashioned platform pedals with no straps. I prefer them. (I did a thread on this subject awhile back, so I won't repeat details here.)
When I tour I buy a good pair of size 14 running or cross-training shoes, and that's all I bring. One pair of shoes, no sandals. It works for me and I probably save several pounds (size 14 shoes are heavy!) I pedal in the shoes, hike in them, walk to the store, etc.
I have size 14EE shoes, and I found that Cannondale Roams (14) fit best. My Shimanos (48) always pinched my toes.