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Old 02-20-19, 09:27 AM
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Shoe recommendation

After owning a variety of shoes, both 2 bolt SPD and three bolt, I have found I prefer the 2 bolt/"mountain bike style" shoes. They are just plain easier for walking when off the bike.
I currently have the Giro Republic. There are 2 bolt and lighter than traditional mountain bike shoes. The issue is that the Giro Republic has laces; these are a pain to lace-up and occasionally the loops of the laces have gotten caught in the chain rings. So, what I am looking for: 2 bolt SPD style, with the BOA style tensioners, which are also light weight.
Any good recommendations?

Thanks. .
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Old 02-20-19, 01:17 PM
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Not Boa, but I have the giro privateer HV model and I like them a lot. I recommending buying up a size
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Old 02-20-19, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Not Boa, but I have the giro privateer HV model and I like them a lot. I recommending buying up a size
Thanks. What size do you typically wear? What size did you have for the Giro Privateer?
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I probably could fit a 44 and use a 45. My street shoes are size 10, which are also a little big. I always used to buy 9 1/2.
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Old 02-20-19, 03:34 PM
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Many of my Shimano shoes have a velcro strap that can go over the knot, and help keep it out of the spokes. Or put the loops into the velcro.

I think Lake makes some very lightweight, very stiff carbon fiber SPD style shoes with the BOA.

Lake also sells half sizes.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I probably could fit a 44 and use a 45. My street shoes are size 10, which are also a little big. I always used to buy 9 1/2.
I like the Privateer; there is a model, "R", which appears to have more sleek plastic bottoms.
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Around here, by far the most popular rando shoe is the Sidi Dominator. Almost universal. I find them very comfortable, very durable, plenty stiff enough.
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Specialized has redesigned the "Expert" since I bought mine so I'm not sure if they're comparable -- mine were velcro, now they've got BOA, but I'm quite happy with them so the modern version is probably worth a look.
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I also like the Giro Privateer R HV. The rubber sole for the newer models is much better than the plastic/nylon one on the model I have from 2013. I'm a 47 for Giro and that's the same size I have in both regular and HV. The HV is incrementally larger and honestly I couldn't tell the difference between the regular and HV until I put some miles into the HV and it bedded in.
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For moderate winter riding, the Shimano MW-81 is also a good shoe. High top, neoprene. Velcro closure. Comfortable enough for longer rides.
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My next pair of shoes will be Dromarti if my Dominators ever wear out.
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If I got Dromartis, i would feel compelled to keep them polished.

On a lot of the rides I do, walking is pretty common. I like the walkability of mountain shoes.
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
My next pair of shoes will be Dromarti if my Dominators ever wear out.
Start saving your pennies. I wore a pair of Dominators out in only nine years. (Bought a spare pare five years back on sale, though.)
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Start saving your pennies. I wore a pair of Dominators out in only nine years. (Bought a spare pare five years back on sale, though.)
This will be my 7th season in these shoes and they are still just breaking in.
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Shoe recommendation

I have been using Lake MXZ 237. They come in normal and wide widths and half sizes. They have a carbon fiber sole. Only downside is the rubber on the heel wears down but I fixed that with Shoe-Goo. They are kangaroo leather and can be stretched a bit. They Sidi Dominators which is a shoe a lot of my friends ride did not work for my foot shape. They have a fairly decent width/height in the toe box. I replaced the insoles with a pair of Sole one's which are heat moldable and of better quality.

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Many of my Shimano shoes have a velcro strap that can go over the knot, and help keep it out of the spokes. Or put the loops into the velcro.

I think Lake makes some very lightweight, very stiff carbon fiber SPD style shoes with the BOA.

Lake also sells half sizes.
Lake has some super impressive shoes; but they may be out of my price range.
The CX332 by Lake is a mere $550....seems reasonable for a pair of shoes.
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
Lake has some super impressive shoes; but they may be out of my price range.
The CX332 by Lake is a mere $550....seems reasonable for a pair of shoes.
I think you may generally want the MX series of shoes, some of which are very similar to the CX shoes, but SPD walkable.

E-Bay is your friend.

I think my experience is that the Lake shoes tend to run slightly large (by metric sizes).
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Just tuck the laces in the elastic loops- works fine.
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bontrager espressos feel like road shoes but can walk with spd cleat
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I put a lot of really nice km in last year with a pair of Bontrager Cambion... boa and a velcro down by the foot box. Sole is pretty stiff and it's not over-aggressive looking like some MTB shoes are. They feel much lighter than the shimano m163 shoes that I was using, I was using shoes a bit too big since I couldn't find them wide enough for me. The Bontragers were nice in that they were wide enough without having to size up... and I also had an LBS that was very willing to order shoes to try on and they had a comfort guarantee... I ordered the shimano shoes from CRC so it was a pain exchanging them and waiting for the bigger pair to come.
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The soles on the privateers are not all that stiff. I was a little worried about the Giros because of that, but it makes walking a lot nicer and I think they may be the only shoes I have ever owned where I haven't experienced hot foot. I attribute that to the amount of room in them, not the soles.

I know my feet start swelling like clockwork at 95 miles. I have some lake cx carbon soled shoes that have very stiff soles. They are pretty nice but they give me hot foot once my feet start swelling.
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Have a Shimano TO 92 shoe SPD but not a lugged sole.. uses the replaceable nut plate, so a bit of ingenuity will help male the insole better..

Velcro strap closure...





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SIDI Dominator Rules

Originally Posted by carbonfiberboy View Post
around here, by far the most popular rando shoe is the sidi dominator. Almost universal. I find them very comfortable, very durable, plenty stiff enough.
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"Walkability" is nice, but I would rate comfort far higher. My first couple of brevets had my feet in agony before the ride was even over, and you don't have a lot of other contact points to shift the load to once they start aching or going numb...
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do you know what was causing the problem? I am pretty sure any shoe that has caused me problems was too tight, at least late in a ride. I also had some toe covers that caused me no end of pain, took me nearly 400k to figure that out. I had used them plenty of times before without issue.

Other than the foot itself, a shoe can cause problems at the ankle. I think I had problems with that on one pair of shoes.
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