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Old 12-05-05, 12:22 AM
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Best shoes for a commuter with a wide foot???

I'm currently going to school, and I ride my bike everywhere. I would like to find a good closed-toe cycling shoe (SPD compatible) that I can ride well with but still walk comfortably in. The problem I've found is that I have an abnormally wide foot, which is EE in width and a US 12 in length. I currently have the Lake 2004 Biking Sandals, which are pretty nice, save for the fact that they are sandals, and are quite bulky. I need a closed-toed shoe for when it gets colder out, to keep water out of my shoe, and that I can take on long rides without getting the chronic numb-foot that so many people are familiar with. I'm interested in the Cannondale Roam, which isn't marked as being a wide or "mega" shoe, but seems to be as wide as any other (I've yet to get a chance to actually try them on). Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance...
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Old 12-05-05, 02:03 AM
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you will find some here that wear sandals all year round, even winter!

They actually prefer sandals over shoes. I believe I heard of some from NW USA?
Course with Me being in Colorado, that kind of rules Me out!
 
Old 12-05-05, 05:38 AM
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Check out the Lake brand. They offer wides. http://www.lakecycling.com/ My feet tend towards the wide [4E] and Lakes come as near to fitting as any specialty shoe can right out-of-the-box. There're lots of other threads here on the FORUM about wide feet, so ya' might poke around a bit. In one of those threads a guy says he just uses a shoe strecher on his favorite shoes.

You know what they say 'bout big feet? . . .Big socks!
 
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I'm usually a 12 or 12.5 EE and Sidi Megas are great. They adjust for thin and thick socks for weather and have lots of room left (good to maybe a 4or5E). For winter I running Lake 301's which are--at best--a D width and the same length as my Sidi's.
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Old 12-06-05, 12:51 PM
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I agree with CastIron. Closed toe, good for cold and wet, wide? Sidi Dominator 5 Mega! Don't shy away from the price the shoes last forever.
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Seriously consider sandals all year round. I currently use a pair of Tevas, as my winter bike does not have clipless pedals.

The key to sandal wearing is a good sock and a proper attitude. A heavyweight synthetic fleece hiking sock is ideal. One pair keeps me toasty to about -7C (20F). They have other outstanding properties.

1) They will keep you warm even when wet. I have hiked for hours, in fact multiple days, in very cold rain wearing sandals
and synthetic socks. Completely soaked the whole time but not UNCOMFORTABLY cold.

2) They dry incredibly fast.

3) Virtually windproof.

Combine multiple pairs of socks with some booties and I can't imagine the need for anything else. I actually feel warmer in my sandals because I can wiggle my toes a bit more, and if it rains significantly the socks will dry, whereas my shoes will not.

Attitude is about not fearing exposure. The feet are pretty sturdy. I can attest. For about two years I walked almost everywhere barefoot, and did some rather rigorous backpacking unshod. The only times I have wished for either more pairs of socks or maybe a close toed shoe is when I have to hike an extended distance through deep snow (such as say, in alpine environments). Biking, this is not a problem.
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I have wide feet also -9.5 EE. I have had good luck with Diadora and Specialized Mountain shoes.
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I don't know the exact size of my feet but I wear 12W street shoes. I tried on a few different shoes and the only thing that was comfy was the Cannondale Roam. I bought them, and have been riding them for a little over a month. I really like them, and they are very comfy.
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