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Old 04-01-09, 04:58 PM
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Shoe advice

I am picking up my new Cannondale CAAD 9-5 this weekend and have been looking for a good pair of shoes. I have a wide foot, as I suppose many on here do. The Sidi's look like the only option but we're talking upwards of 300 bucks for shoes. Any other suggestions on affordable shoes for this new 238 lb rider?
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Old 04-01-09, 05:11 PM
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after you find out what you like, internet search for it for the best price. you can get much better deals online.

if youre in the habit of supporting the lbs, which many of us are, tell them what youre looking for, give them a number to work within, let them help you. they, no joke, exist to help you. they need repeat customers and the good ones will make sure you leave happy. this isnt supposed to be snide.

even when i was racing well, back when i was thin, i never spent over a couple hundo on shoes, so 3 bills sounds a little high. i have flippers and the shimano mnt/casual shoes fit me very well. reasonably cheap, for what i think is a very good product. i like the shoes more than the pedals.

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Old 04-01-09, 05:29 PM
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I had a hard time finding shoes that fit. I'm only 10.5 US EEE with a high arch. Many shoes, the laces or hook & loop straps are too short to go over my high arch. I recently settled on Sidi Giau MTB style shoes. They actually allow my toes to wiggle and the straps are long enough to use. So far, toes have been warm and no pain. My only small complaint is the leather squeeks when walking, but fortunately is silent when riding. They were about $200 US.
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Old 04-01-09, 05:30 PM
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I have wide feet too. I just went through the buying new shoes again for the bike. The first pair of shoes that fit me right were Carnac Legends. I got these about 7 years ago. I wear a 10.5 EE. I got size 44 and they ran wide. They fit really well. My son (13 years old) has just started biking. I was able to pick of a par of Carnac Tri shoes for $10 at a swap meet. They fit him just fine.

Now back to my search. My shoes were getting old and stretched out some. The sides were also starting to wear. Anyway, I tried on several shoes and non of them fit as well as my Carnac. I ended up getting the SIDI Mega 5 shoes. They run a little smaller than the Carnac's so I ended up getting a 45. I got a new pair on ebay for $145. They look just as wide as my Carnac's but they are a little tight. I have only had them for a week and today they seemed to have fit better, or my feet are getting use to them. My other problem with shoes is that I also have very think feet. The straps on the shoes are only about half way on. The buckly only gets about 3 or 4 clicks and then the shoe is snug. I wish that they made longer straps for people like me.

So I do like the Sidi but I will not know for sure until I do a few rides with them.
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Old 04-01-09, 06:51 PM
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Check Specialized Sport - I thin they are wider than most of the road shoes.
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I second for Carnacs. Only brand I've ridden with since 1993.
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I found a pair of Sidi Genius 5 Megas for 190 on Amazon so I pulled the trigger. We'll see how they work out
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I am an 11 EEE, and have some freakish feet (according to anyone who has the pleasure of seeing them). Very wide "toe box" with some tight toe tendons that pull my toes upwards when my feet are unloaded.
The guy at my LBS, who specializes in fitting, recommended the Garneau CFS- 150 (300 bones... I know) they are suited for wide feet and a large "toe box". Also heat moldable, and with my deformities this sounds like a good option- except the cost. But I have learned not to skimp on shoes based on cost. I suffer otherwise, especially on a bike. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 04-10-09, 06:00 AM
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I've found the spd shoes tend to run a little wider
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SIDI is what I had to go to for my slightly wider feet and it was so much better than my Pearl Izumi shoes that cost more.
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Don't be that guy that tries on all the shoes at the LBS and goes and orders the same pair online.

Anyway the correct answer is buy whichever pair of shoes fits the best; the comfort will be worth the incremental cost.
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I am really flat footed and I went with the Sidi Bullet 2 plus I wear a size 13 shoe so it makes things even worst for me.
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