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Old 06-10-11, 10:39 AM
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Shoe Fit Question

I know this subject has been beat to death but I have a question about clipless shoe fit.

I have big feet and have never been able to find a pair of shoes that fit. However, when I was browsing Zappos the other day, I saw a pair of Shimanos that are available in wide width (I had already tried Lake, Sidi, and Specialized but wasn't happy with the fit from those). Because of Zappos return policy, I ordered two pairs, 49 Wide and 50 Wide.

When wearing the 49s, I can ever so slightly feel the end of the toe box on the outside of my foot. The 50s are a bit big with about a thumbs width between my big toe and the end of the toe box. In both shoes, my foot fits nicely with no wiggle. The only issue is the length.

I know in fitting normal shoes that about a thumbs width of room is advisable but is this really appropriate in cycling shoes? Should I deal with the extra length of the 50s or give up on clipless shoes?

Thanks for your comments.
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Old 06-10-11, 10:55 AM
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Seems to me it would be fine as long as there's no wiggle & you are comfortable.
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Old 06-10-11, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by leftnose View Post
I know in fitting normal shoes that about a thumbs width of room is advisable but is this really appropriate in cycling shoes? Should I deal with the extra length of the 50s or give up on clipless shoes?

Thanks for your comments.
Go with the 50's. Your feet actually swell once you start riding so you should always be a touch roomier than you would with a regular shoe.
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Old 06-11-11, 08:43 AM
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+ adding an arch support insole [I usually do] takes up some room in the shoe.
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Old 06-11-11, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by leftnose View Post
When wearing the 49s, I can ever so slightly feel the end of the toe box on the outside of my foot.
What do you mean by outside of foot? Can you feel the toe box with your toe? if thats the case then get the 50's.
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Old 06-11-11, 07:41 PM
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Thanks, guys. I went with the 50s. On a short 6 mile test ride this afternoon, no issues at all other than tipping over at the end of my driveway into a bush . No wiggle at all or hot spots.

I felt a bit of fatigue in fact as I was using my legs much more since I can now put more power into the pedals through the whole cycle.
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