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Shimano shoes: normal vs wide

Old 05-20-19, 04:11 AM
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Shimano shoes: normal vs wide

Iím looking to buy Shimano RP3, size 45 EU standard. But only the ďwideĒ is available. Any RP3 owners here? How big of a difference is there on the toe area? Would a normal sized feet still fit snug on wide RP3? Iím buying online so i canít personally try it on.

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Anyone? And do i still need to go a size up if i get the wide size?
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
I’m looking to buy Shimano RP3, size 45 EU standard. But only the “wide” is available. Any RP3 owners here? How big of a difference is there on the toe area? Would a normal sized feet still fit snug on wide RP3? I’m buying online so i can’t personally try it on.
I will say this...
Last year I purchased a pair of Shimano RP1 size 48, EE width (I think EE...nevertheless they're "wider"). I specifically sought a wider shoe than the shoes I was wearing. I have Morton's neuroma (Mn) in my left foot that had gotten worse in recent years and the narrower shoes cause some discomfort on longer rides. The extra width of the RP1 works, and I don't have the Mn discomfort on longer rides. I can't compare the PR1 to the RP3, but with regard to the extra width...although the wider shoe did give me relief...I don't think the extra width is excessive (and also better accommodates an extra pair of socks on winter rides). But, I would suggest that you make sure you can return them if you're not happy with the width.

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I like most American have a wide foot, and I got the Shimano wide shoe. I even got a 1/2 size larger to make sure they would be wide enough.

One way to tell if your cycling shoe is too narrow is you get "hot foot" pain after a couple of hours.
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I can't compare the PR1 to the RP3, but with regard to the extra width...although the wider shoe did give me relief...I don't think the extra width is excessive.....

Dan
Thanks, that is what i wanted to hear. If itís not that excessive, i think itís fine. Iíve just read in cyclingtips.com that for the wide fit, 5-6% is added to the volume of the shoe.
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One way to tell if your cycling shoe is too narrow is you get "hot foot" pain after a couple of hours.
Too snug. Thatís how my feet feels on my Nike Free Flyknit, size 10 US, 44 EU. Itís what i currently use on long rides coz its sole got good grip. Before the ride home, i sometimes take them off for a minute or two to let my feet breathe (although the shoe is breathable already all over the upper). With my older Nike Free Run, size 11 (46 eu, although i donít think it really is size 11, more like 10.5 US, coz my Adidas size 11 is bigger) as soon as i put my foot in, it feels comfortably snug. just perfect.

I still havenít bought any shoe coz aside from the wide vs normal thing, iím actually not sure if itís 45 or 46 that fits me best. I asked around, some said get 46, most say 45.

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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I like most American have a wide foot
If that were true, I would expect wide cycling shoes to be the norm rather than the exception.
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I still havenít bought any shoe coz aside from the wide vs normal thing, iím actually not sure if itís 45 or 46 that fits me best. I asked around, some said get 46, most say 45.
It has been my experience that Shimano shoes run small. I just had a pair of RP5's here to try on in size 48, I normally wear a 12D street shoe. The 48's were fine in length. I ended going with the Specialized Torch 2.0 in size 46.5 which fit perfectly and match size wise with what fits in most other cycling shoes I've tried on. And my Shimano mtn. bike shoes from the early 2000's are also 48's. If possible I would try to order from a company with a good return policy since mail order shoes are kind of hit or miss as far as fitting comfortably.
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Since Italians are big into cycling and have been for a long time, and are known for leather products and shoes, cycling shoes run narrow since apparently Italian feet run narrow.

If the cycling world gave us what many of us like or want, there would be a huge number of beautiful lugged framed steel bikes.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Since Italians are big into cycling and have been for a long time, and are known for leather products and shoes, cycling shoes run narrow since apparently Italian feet run narrow.

If the cycling world gave us what many of us like or want, there would be a huge number of beautiful lugged framed steel bikes.
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
I will say this...
Last year I purchased a pair of Shimano RP1 size 48...

Dan
Howís the ventilation of RP1, is it as well ventilated as the RP2 and RP3? Does the shoe look good? I havenít seen one personally. In photos it looks nice, but in a youtube vid, synthetic upper looks cheap. Looking at itís photo, it seems like its upper is like that of the RP4.
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Howís the ventilation of RP1, is it as well ventilated as the RP2 and RP3? Does the shoe look good? I havenít seen one personally. In photos it looks nice, but in a youtube vid, synthetic upper looks cheap. Looking at itís photo, it seems like its upper is like that of the RP4.
It looks OK for me. As far as ventilation...that mesh over the toebox doesn't really seem to be a mesh. But there are lots of vent holes in the leather upper. The ventilation is fine for me.
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Originally Posted by iamLefty View Post
Too snug. Thatís how my feet feels on my Nike Free Flyknit, size 10 US, 44 EU. Itís what i currently use on long rides coz its sole got good grip. Before the ride home, i sometimes take them off for a minute or two to let my feet breathe (although the shoe is breathable already all over the upper). With my older Nike Free Run, size 11 (46 eu, although i donít think it really is size 11, more like 10.5 US, coz my Adidas size 11 is bigger) as soon as i put my foot in, it feels comfortably snug. just perfect.

I still havenít bought any shoe coz aside from the wide vs normal thing, iím actually not sure if itís 45 or 46 that fits me best. I asked around, some said get 46, most say 45.
If you feel Nike is too narrow, def get the shimano wide and youll have a really comfy shoe that will still get nice and snug. You will just have extra room for your foot to plant down properly. I cant wear Nike... I always buy running shoes with a wide toe box. I got shimano shoes in wide and they are the best. Going wide will be better than going up a size and creating a bunch of room in front of your toes.
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