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Old 01-04-12, 11:55 PM
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What are some good cycling shoes?

I've never had clipless pedals, but I'll be putting the crank brothers candy 3 on my Jamis Ventura Race. What is a decent shoe that won't break the bank. Where's the best place to get them. The shop where I bought my bike doesn't sell shoes, and the other other LBS is full of jerks; so I don't mind buying them online.
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Old 01-05-12, 12:25 AM
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I would advice against buying shoes/clothing online
unless you're sure of the fit. If there's an REI near
you, check them out. Where are you located, maybe
some of our members can direct you to a shop that
might be "jerk free"

http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500108&jxCrank+Brothers+compatible=Crank+Brothers+compatible&hist=cat%2C4500108%3ACyclin g+Footwear^jxCrank+Brothers+compatible%2CCrank+Brothers+compatible
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Old 01-05-12, 08:08 AM
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I don't think buying shoes online is all that risky, as long as you're fine with the idea that there's at least a 50-50 chance you'll have to return the first pair because of poor fit. Some people even buy two pairs at one time in "adjacent" sizes, knowing that one of them is going to end up going back. As far as where to shop, there are all the usual suspects - Performance, Nashbar, BikeTiresDirect, Colorado Cyclist, etc., etc.

The only questionable part of it, for me personally, is what the cleat compatibility issues are. I'm not familiar with the Crank Bros system.
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SiDi, an Italian company, lots of lasts , to fit wider and narrow feet.
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Old 01-05-12, 12:54 PM
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I'd recommend at least trying on the Trek/Bontrager shoes.

When I bought my Madone and needed some shoes my dealer said try on these Bontrager RL carbon soled shoes. I was very doubtful, but I tried them on and was amazed at how comfortable they were. I have 900 miles on them and so far they have been perfect.
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Old 01-05-12, 04:06 PM
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I've used a number of different brands and some get pretty fancy (buckles, cables, carbon fiber, heat moldable...), but mid range Shimano shoes have fit and worked very well for me. I prefer simple velcro straps over buckles or cable closures.
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Old 01-05-12, 05:07 PM
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Sneakers work just fine for me.
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Old 01-05-12, 05:16 PM
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I agree with Looigi the Shimano shoes seem to work pretty well. I have some CF composit Shimano shoes that have worked well for some time. I also have some Specialized BG shoes both in Mountain and Some Specialized S works road shoes. The S works fit more like a pair of driving gloves in that they have a wider toe box for the size shoe and are snug everywhere else. Americans it seems have wider feet or so they say. You can also replace parts on the S works like you can on the Sidi. The S works with the Boa retaining system seems a bit lighter than Sidis but comfort is in the feet of the wearer.
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Old 01-07-12, 06:05 PM
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I think the Specialized Body Geometry series shoes are the best on the market, the most comfortable shoe I've ever had on.
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Old 01-07-12, 07:23 PM
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Sidi Bullets, a MTB shoe I wear with Shimano A520s. I like them because they're high quality and work fine on the road. They're easy to walk around in.
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Old 01-07-12, 09:50 PM
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I use Sidi dominators and Shimano sandals with spd pedals
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I tried 3 different brands, same size 46 and only one brand fit my foot. This goes for cycling apparel as well, sent way to many things back via online purchases.
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Old 01-07-12, 10:00 PM
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The "best" shoes are the ones that fit. Go to several bike stores and try on several different brands, sizes and models. You want something that fits tight but doesn't pinch, so trying them on is critical.

FWIW: Shimano shoes fit my long, narrow feet pretty well, while older Specialized shoes were a bit wide and allowed my feet to move around. I haven't tried the Body Geometry shoes, so maybe they're different.

FWIW #2: Crank Bros. pedals use their own cleat, but the cleat is compatible with any "SPD" shoe. This is the standard for "mountain" type clipless.
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With Crank Brothers Candy pedals I would go with the Specialized BG MTB shoes. I have Candys on My MTB and the Specialized shoe is not bad to walk in as long as you aren't going that far.
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I sure like the Mavic mtb shoes I have - have two pairs, really good fit.
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Old 01-08-12, 09:19 AM
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If you have wide feet look at Sidi (can be pricey), Lake and possibly Exustar. Not many shoe manufacturers offer wide shoes.
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Old 01-09-12, 09:36 AM
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I like the Shimano shoes I have.

I also have a pair of Specialized shoes but I think they're actually a little small so they tend to hurt a bit after longer rides.
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