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Old 04-05-16, 09:44 AM
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WIDE cycling shoes ?? Are there any out there? Do you have the same problem?

Well, I already know that there are...well a couple (at least in the US, perhaps more overseas...) I even called to TREK and Specialized and asked them "I know there is a need for them since there are entire forums that talk about the need for wide shoes.... Why don;t you guys make them available ? It makes no sense... !"

So I use Bontrager RL and Lake CX217 but need to replace at least one of them. Yes I found a couple of, well...boring black..but NOTHING in any color (at least that I can afford).
I looked at forums but most of the models discussed are outdated and or when I look for the particular shoe.... well, there are NO options for wide.

Anybody has the same problem? What are the "still available" (2015 - 2016) shoes that meet the EE criteria ?

Thank you !!

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Old 04-05-16, 11:54 AM
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I've tried many different wide shoes, and it seems the old leather Sidi mega shoes worked pretty well. But they are so pricey! When I changed from road pedals to SPD-style pedals on all my bikes (so I could use one pair of shoes for all my bikes), I had to give up the Sidis. My foot is 4E with high instep and a couple bunions - very difficult to fit. I tried wide Lakes, wide Shimanos, and couldn't find a decent fit. Finally, I stumbled upon two that work for me, and I'm pretty pleased with both of them. The one that fits best is a Giro Privateer HV (high volume). Because of my high instep, I had a shoe shop relocate the two lower straps a half-inch out (you can see the original stitch holes by the straps). These are my most comfortable shoes.


The other shoe that works well is a Scott MTB Team Boa in the standard width. Because the boa allows the shoe to really open up, it can accomodate the width and bolume of my foot. Having the boa lacing reach more toward the toe is important. For me, these are best on the 20-30 mile rides, while the Giros get the long rides.


You may not have the luxury of picking and choosing colors. But if you can get a good fit, the aesthetics may be irrelavant. Good luck.
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I contacted Lake today to see what they have for me. I am in a unique situation in that I wear a 8.5 4E shoe. People with size 10+ have a much easier time finding a wide shoe. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit no matter what type it is. The dress shoes I have on are a Clark wide and they are a little too tight for me (they are not new). I am hoping I don't have to drop $1000+ for a pair of shoes that fit. I tried a few Giro shoes on last year, I could barely jam my foot into the high volume ones.

The worst part is that most shops suggest I go up a size or 2 to get more room in the toe box. The problem with that is the cleat positioning goes out the window which will cause me even more foot pain.
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One thing about the Giros is they vary in volume and width from model to model. The Carbide and Privateer were the widest. If you can find a leather shoe like the old Sisis, you might have a chance. I, too, would hate to have to spend huge $$$ on shoes.
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Originally Posted by alejoviade View Post
Well, I already know that there are...well a couple (at least in the US, perhaps more overseas...) I even called to TREK and Specialized and asked them "I know there is a need for them since there are entire forums that talk about the need for wide shoes.... Why don;t you guys make them available ? It makes no sense... !"

So I use Bontrager RL and Lake CX217 but need to replace at least one of them. Yes I found a couple of, well...boring black..but NOTHING in any color (at least that I can afford).
I looked at forums but most of the models discussed are outdated and or when I look for the particular shoe.... well, there are NO options for wide.

Anybody has the same problem? What are the "still available" (2015 - 2016) shoes that meet the EE criteria ?

Thank you !!

Alex
I wear New Balance 13 EE shoes, I have flat feet, and the Specialized Elite Road shoes in size 48 fit me very well.
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Old 04-05-16, 05:10 PM
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I'm having the same problem. I bought a pair of wide Shimano cleats from Zappos but they're just ok. The LBS around me (including really big stores) have no wide shoes in stock. This forces me to buy a return the shoes that don't fit which makes me feel bad for the online retailers.
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Old 04-06-16, 01:18 AM
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In my experience almost all shoe makers make wide sized shoes, in the $150 range (and others at more expensive prices).

What I personally did is just switch to pinned flat pedals. They've worked far better for me than clipless did - no more foot hotspots, no more knee pain (though to be fair I solved that with a different solution), no more annoying switching between shoes all the time. My speedometer says I'm no slower. I bought Chrome Kurk's and Specialized Bennie pedals and it's worked very well for me.
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How about wide cycling shoes that dont cost and arm and a leg?
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Lake got back to me and first requested my foot length and width which I replied to in millimeters. They then came back with 2 recommended shoes (I had requested MTB info). Lake's return policy is 10% restocking or free sizing returns. I pulled the trigger on the MX 237 43 wide that the sales guy suggested based on my foot dimensions. I suggested others do the same thing to help them figure it out as well. I am very hopeful that I can find a shoe that fits.
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I rode with a guy the other day that was wearing some new specialized shoes (that had the boa closure system) and he told me that they were the only shoes that fit his feet. He said he was a "true E" (his words).
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I don't have wide feet, but I tried on a Shimano M089 wide to see if they would be more comfortable. Honestly, I could barely feel a difference.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I rode with a guy the other day that was wearing some new specialized shoes (that had the boa closure system) and he told me that they were the only shoes that fit his feet. He said he was a "true E" (his words).
I found some information yesterday that tells you by millimeter what shoe sizes and width are. Based on those numbers and my measurements I am exactly a 8.5 US and true EEEE. I was hoping to be a little narrower, but the numbers don't lie. Measuring is the only way to go.
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Narrow shoes ruin your feet and give you hot foot when you ride. Not everyone has a long narrow foot.
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I'm a wide 2E and the Shimano Road shoes the very basic ones - R088 wides fit me well. This was after getting sold on some bull**** mountain bike shoes from Bontrager that were $150. Thanks local bicycle shop for totally steering me wrong - glad I got it sorted out with Amazon.
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Barefoot.. free, not foot deforming, nice and cool feet
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
How about wide cycling shoes that dont cost and arm and a leg?
I don't think those exist. But I see a lot of wide footed bent riders using Nashbar Ragsters (cycling Sandals). I tried them, but ended up getting a used pair that were slightly too big.

The other day I modified them for a mid-sole cleat position due to trying to recover from a food surgery.
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I have a moderately wide forefoot, enough to cause pain with with non-wide shoes, and I have found Shimano's shoes, especially the touring last (if I recall correctly). Their top size is a 48, which is just the right size for my size 13US feet. Much less expensive than the Lake wides, although I would love one of their winter shoes for the commute.
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I wanted to update this: I received my shoes yesterday, Lake MX237, and I have to say that by reaching out to them I think the size was nailed. I have not ridden with the shoe, but I realize that it is a much better fit than my current shoes. They are CF soles shoes as I like that stiff bottom but the sole does not bend up at the sides, therefore my foot can spread out a bit without running into anything. Add to that that they are leather and wider than my previous shoes and I can see how they will be great for me. The leather is soft and pliable too. Spend the money once and get the best you can. I have a total of 3 pairs of shoes over the past 3 years and these are by far the best. I can't wait to ride with them on Friday.
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