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Lighter Weight Road Shoes

Old 03-05-20, 03:23 PM
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Lighter Weight Road Shoes

My current road shoes are Shimano , purchased 17 years ago - they feel heavy and with advances in materials are there any good quality light weight models on the market currently that anyone would recommend ? thanks in advance for your thoughts .
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What is your budget?

I'd be willing to bet anything new will be lighter and probably stiffer than your current shoes. Assuming the shoes you are looking at fit you well, you can't go wrong with any of the big names. There will be bells and whistles with different brands and models, so take that into consideration. Sidi are my personal preference but there are lots of good brands out there.
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https://www.specialized.com/us/en/s-...=237037-157750

So light they even impressed Adam Hansen, famed pro rider/legendary weight weenie who makes his own line of custom lightweight cf shoes.

Expensive, but if you amortize the cost over anything close to how many years you got out of your old shoes, then not so bad?
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These have been good. Empire SLX- now on closeout various place limited sizes. 300g lighter than Sidis.

They started a trend- there are many choices of light shoes now.


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Old 03-06-20, 03:37 PM
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Thanks everyone for the responses - 17 years ago the Shimano shoes were $150 and I think the pedals cost the same - between Giro, Sidi, & Specialized it looks like the Sidi's are the heaviest and Specialized the lightest , the cost seems to be no more than $500 for the Specialized or Giro which is fine for my budget and the BOA tie up system seems to be the norm currently - I'll put up a separate post for some thoughts on a pedal/cleat combo that provides easier and quicker engagement - right now I have Look cleats with the associated pedals and I have to press down heavily to achieve connection .
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Thanks everyone for the responses - 17 years ago the Shimano shoes were $150 and I think the pedals cost the same - between Giro, Sidi, & Specialized it looks like the Sidi's are the heaviest and Specialized the lightest , the cost seems to be no more than $500 for the Specialized or Giro which is fine for my budget and the BOA tie up system seems to be the norm currently - I'll put up a separate post for some thoughts on a pedal/cleat combo that provides easier and quicker engagement - right now I have Look cleats with the associated pedals and I have to press down heavily to achieve connection .
You can get some of last year's Giro Factor Techlace shoes now on Steepandcheap.com for about $140.. great price. No need if you don't want to, to spend $500 on some lightweight shoes
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
You can get some of last year's Giro Factor Techlace shoes now on Steepandcheap.com for about $140.. great price. No need if you don't want to, to spend $500 on some lightweight shoes
Thanks Sy !!
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Specialized and Giro are on the complete opposite ends of the fit spectrum...Giros are extremely narrow, while Specialized are much wider, especially in the toe box. So, your choice will come down to which ones fit better.

But, I have a pair of S-Works 7 are they are a fantastic shoe. If they fit, and you don't mind spending the money, I highly recommend them.
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Originally Posted by melikebikey35 View Post
Specialized and Giro are on the complete opposite ends of the fit spectrum...Giros are extremely narrow, while Specialized are much wider, especially in the toe box. So, your choice will come down to which ones fit better.

But, I have a pair of S-Works 7 are they are a fantastic shoe. If they fit, and you don't mind spending the money, I highly recommend them.


Not my experience. I think of Giro as middle of the road fit, and the Specialized shoes that I had were possibly more narrow than Giro,

with a really cramped toe area- 'tho I think that has been redesigned.
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Good luck with shoes, just as personal as saddles.

Iíve been on Giro Empire SLX for a few years. Buying a pair ever year to stock up. Love these ******g shoes.

Try a bunch on at the local, youíll find what you like.
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I just picked up a set of S-works 7s with the dual boa system. They seem to be extremely comfortable and light. Iím happy with them at this time.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
You can get some of last year's Giro Factor Techlace shoes now on Steepandcheap.com for about $140.. great price. No need if you don't want to, to spend $500 on some lightweight shoes
Second the Giro Techlaces... I picked up a pair half off at the end of last year, and they are the lightest shoes I have ever worn. I go with Giro, because - with my longer toes - some of the other brands do not allow for a proper placement of the cleat to place the balls of my feet over the spindles.
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I just picked up a set of S-works 7s with the dual boa system. They seem to be extremely comfortable and light. Iím happy with them at this time.
I just picked up the same shoe and they are light. They are also spendy. I would never spend that kind of money on a walking shoe but for some reason, cycling is a different story.
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
My current road shoes are Shimano , purchased 17 years ago - they feel heavy and with advances in materials are there any good quality light weight models on the market currently that anyone would recommend ? thanks in advance for your thoughts .
Are you looking for something that is highend or bang for the buck or value (sub-$100)? The gotchas are usually price, toe box room, sole flex, ankle fit issues (Specialized road shoes), not quality. New, outside of sales, Shimano will have the best bang for the buck.
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