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Old 10-29-15, 05:25 PM
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Opinions on Shimano and specialized road shoes Help me

I'm stuck idk which shoes to get it. do any of you own any specialized or shimano shoes with the carbon soles or have you treied both and how do they compare in comfort and stiffness ??

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Specialized Audax (stiffness index 10)

Specialized Bicycle Components


Shimano r171 (Stiffness index 10)

Shimano SH-R171 Road Shoes
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Old 10-29-15, 05:27 PM
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Try them on and buy the one that feels best and is within your budget.
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Old 10-29-15, 05:43 PM
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I have Shimano R320s and they're fairly comfy. Can't compare them to any specialized shoes though. My favorite shoe is still the Giro Empire.
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Shimano and Specialized both make nice shoes, but both are too wide for me.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
I have Shimano R320s and they're fairly comfy. Can't compare them to any specialized shoes though. My favorite shoe is still the Giro Empire.
I have the same shoe. Very happy with it.
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Old 10-29-15, 06:10 PM
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I have the same shoe. Very happy with it.
I had the older version(R300 ?). It was comfortable, but I was never able to get it as tight as I would like.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
I had the older version(R300 ?). It was comfortable, but I was never able to get it as tight as I would like.
That's why I like the laces on the Empires, my foot is snug as a bug. Never tried boa though.
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Old 10-29-15, 06:47 PM
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Been riding Shimano shoes for a long time. I'm also currently riding 320's.

I've ridden a pair of 171's. No issue with sole stiffness, I prefer a stiff shoe. I did note a fit problem with the newer Shimano upper design. They are cut a little taller in front of the ankle than the older R220 or 320's, so they would dig into the front of my ankle.

I've tried out Spec Pro Road's and liked them, felt pretty similar to my 320's.
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I've also ridden both Specialized and Shimano shoes. I liked both, but if I was forced to choose between only those two, I'd go Shimano as they fit my feet just that little bit better. I (also) currently am riding Giro's (Factor ACC's) which are phenomenal shoes. Much lower stack (sole thickness) than the Shimano, and lighter to boot. The Empire's look spectacular, but I just don't have an additional 2 C notes to drop on a third pair of shoes!
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Old 10-29-15, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
That's why I like the laces on the Empires, my foot is snug as a bug. Never tried boa though.
Late in the summer I bought some Lake shoes with the BOA. Previously I had SIDI and before that Shimano. I really like the Lake shoes and the BOA system.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Shimano and Specialized both make nice shoes, but both are too wide for me.
So this.

OP, try them on. None of us on the internet know your feet better than you. If you have meaty feet, you might be fine...if you have scrawny gunboats you will probably need to shop another brand.

Shimano size 44 roadie shoes...I have to max out the straps and still loose (made for someone with a ton wider feet than I). Sidi size 44 roadie shoes, fit like a glove.
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Specialized have the boa and are very comfortable and stiff. I, however, have the Shimano R171's. Shimano makes a wider shoe, especially in the toe box. They just fit me better. Lack the boa, which I love, but still very comfortable. They vent well and are never too sweaty. I love mine.

Just an fyi, though. I typically wear a size 11 US shoe. M Shimano mtn bike shoes are a 46 and fit well. The 45.5 fit me best in the R171. So, I guess the run slghtly smaller.
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Old 10-29-15, 09:11 PM
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i tried on some specialized s works and specialized expert shoes today i really like the tight feeling from the specialized shoes, i've also tried the shimano r171 they feel very comfy but a little too comfy almost flimsy maybe i didn't try on the right size on, i think right i'm leaning more toward the specialized,, im going to go try them on a couple more times before i pull the trigger ,, i was also thinking about sidi level but their millennium 4 soles don't seem as stiff as the r171 or the specialized soles
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
So this.

OP, try them on. None of us on the internet know your feet better than you. If you have meaty feet, you might be fine...if you have scrawny gunboats you will probably need to shop another brand.

Shimano size 44 roadie shoes...I have to max out the straps and still loose (made for someone with a ton wider feet than I). Sidi size 44 roadie shoes, fit like a glove.
i tried on some specialized s works and specialized expert shoes today i really like the tight feeling from the specialized shoes, i've also tried the shimano r171 they feel very comfy but a little too comfy almost flimsy maybe i didn't try on the right size on, i think right i'm leaning more toward the specialized,, im going to go try them on a couple more times before i pull the trigger ,, i was also thinking about sidi level but their millennium 4 soles don't seem as stiff as the r171 or the specialized soles
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Try them on and buy the one that feels best and is within your budget.
This. No way we can tell which feel best on your feet.

I like my shoes with velcro straps and a buckle so I can keep the toes loose, but tighten the ankle.
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Another R320 person here. I love them and have had no issues with them. If the 171s are able to be molded to your feet as the 320s are then you will be able to get a good (tight) custom fit.
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I've got the Specialized Expert Road with the BOA, very nice, comfortable, easy to adjust while riding and they look great in all black, not a lot of the patent leather like some other shoes I've seen.
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I use and recommed R171 Wide version. Sizing is same with my Nike shoes and stiffness/comfort ratio is really good.
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Originally Posted by allen254 View Post
i tried on some specialized s works and specialized expert shoes today i really like the tight feeling from the specialized shoes, i've also tried the shimano r171 they feel very comfy but a little too comfy almost flimsy maybe i didn't try on the right size on, i think right i'm leaning more toward the specialized,, im going to go try them on a couple more times before i pull the trigger ,, i was also thinking about sidi level but their millennium 4 soles don't seem as stiff as the r171 or the specialized soles
A "tight feeling" isn't what most folks would suggest you aim for in a cycling shoe. If they're tight just walking around the store, they'll be that much tighter after your feet swell up after a couple hours of riding.
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I think there are people with feet that Specialized fits really well, myself being one of them. Typically these people has some supination (rolling outwards when walking) and have higher than usual arch. I had a pair of Shimano and they don't fit me at all because they are much more neutral and i could never get the arch high enough to be comfortable or not causing knee problems.

OP, if you are wondering, go try on a pair of decent Specialized with the BG insoles, and you will know if you are Specialized kind of rider.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Try them on and buy the one that feels best and is within your budget.
But ride 20-30 miles or more before you try them on. Feet expand during exercise, so you want to do some exercise before trying on the shoes.

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The only thing that matters is which shoe fits your foot better at that point.

I keep being told that Shimano shoes run a little wide, which is why they're good for my feet which are a little wide (but often a little to narrow for actual "wide" shoes).
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But ride 20-30 miles or more before you try them on. Feet expand during exercise, so you want to do some exercise before trying on the shoes.

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thats funny you say that because i feel like my feet are actually opposite when i first start riding my feet are swollen and then they get unswollen is that weird ??
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I think i am getting the Specialized Expert road shoes (8.5 on the stiffness index) although they are not 10 or 13 on specialized stiffness index ,they are as stiff as the shimano r171 which are 10 on their stiffness index soles and the shimano's don't like my feet,,

Unfortunately, i tried on the Specialized Audax which are really nice and stiffer at a 10 on the stiffness index they do not fit well on my feet like the experts do.


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thats funny you say that because i feel like my feet are actually opposite when i first start riding my feet are swollen and then they get unswollen is that weird ??
Then you are the exception that proves the rule.

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