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Old 03-18-24, 06:44 AM
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Road Cycling Shoes

Hey everybody,

I'm in a dilema and i need some help. I want to buy a knew cycling shoes at the max of 200/250€, with carbon sole and with a nice breathability and confort. After some research e believe Shimano RC702 or dmt kr30 are the best. What do you think guys?
There is any others cycling shoes that i have to be in count?

Thank you all
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With shoes it really comes down to personal fit. So focus mostly on fitting, especially width and volume. Also pay attention to arch support. Standard insoles tend to be a bit flat and unsupportive. Other brands worth considering? Specialized, Lake, Fizik, SIdi, Giro and many others.
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have you looked at DHBs?

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There are a dozen shoe companies, best bet is to go to a local shop that has a good selection and try them on.
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Everyone is different....I have settled on Lake CX332 as I have a wide foot....by far the most comfortable for me....they make a wide range of shoes in a good price range
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Try them on—whether locally or through an online retailer that lets you return. Of course you can’t actually mount cleats or test ride them, but it’s all about the right fit for your foot. Testing on your carpet at home is better than nothing. I bought and sent back a number of pairs online before settling on Shimano’s s-phyre model. I tried to like other cheaper options, but that’s what made my feet happy.
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There is no objectively best shoe even taking budget into account.

I like Sidis. I don’t like velcro.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
With shoes it really comes down to personal fit. So focus mostly on fitting, especially width and volume. Also pay attention to arch support. Standard insoles tend to be a bit flat and unsupportive. Other brands worth considering? Specialized, Lake, Fizik, SIdi, Giro and many others.
For me, flat is better. I have a thin foot, low instep, and low arches. Most insoles with medium to high arch support cause me significant discomfort. I really love the way Sidis look, but just can't get them to work with my feet, despite trying multiple tweaks with insoles and other magic. Most recently, I've been using Bont Riot+ for both road and MTB. The heat-moldable carbon tub was very helpful in making them work for me, but finding the right insole and adding padding to the underside of the tongue was necessary to fill the shoe with enough volume to tighten properly, and I still get some heel slippage. At a LBS recently, I tried on some Shimano XC702s - OMG!! I've never had a shoe be so close to perfect, right out of the box. I found an excellent deal on some RC902s, and they are simply great for my feet, without any special adjustments other than removing the adjustable arch support on the stock insole. I have some XC902s on the way to me soon.

All that said, your experience with Shimano shoes, Bont shoes, Sidi shoes, or any other shoes might be totally different than mine. Feet are weird.
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And I forgot to mention I had a bike fit that put me in bontrager’s level 1 (I think) insoles.
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I hunt for bargains. I've had Sidi and custom shoes, but now use some cheap Fizik that work just fine.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
For me, flat is better. I have a thin foot, low instep, and low arches. Most insoles with medium to high arch support cause me significant discomfort. I really love the way Sidis look, but just can't get them to work with my feet, despite trying multiple tweaks with insoles and other magic. Most recently, I've been using Bont Riot+ for both road and MTB. The heat-moldable carbon tub was very helpful in making them work for me, but finding the right insole and adding padding to the underside of the tongue was necessary to fill the shoe with enough volume to tighten properly, and I still get some heel slippage. At a LBS recently, I tried on some Shimano XC702s - OMG!! I've never had a shoe be so close to perfect, right out of the box. I found an excellent deal on some RC902s, and they are simply great for my feet, without any special adjustments other than removing the adjustable arch support on the stock insole. I have some XC902s on the way to me soon.

All that said, your experience with Shimano shoes, Bont shoes, Sidi shoes, or any other shoes might be totally different than mine. Feet are weird.
Yeah good points. I should really have said too flat for my feet. Which really emphasises just how individual shoe fitting is. My feet are wide and my arches about average height, but I prefer a little more arch support for cycling as I find it helps with force feedback (I forget the fancy term for this). My preferred shoes are wide fit Fizik models, plus the green (high arch) Specialized insoles. I do have a pair of Shimano RC7s too, but they don't work for me on longer rides.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Yeah good points. I should really have said too flat for my feet. Which really emphasises just how individual shoe fitting is. My feet are wide and my arches about average height, but I prefer a little more arch support for cycling as I find it helps with force feedback (I forget the fancy term for this). My preferred shoes are wide fit Fizik models, plus the green (high arch) Specialized insoles. I do have a pair of Shimano RC7s too, but they don't work for me on longer rides.
What I also found is that the fore-aft location of the arch support is also important. Some insoles I tried had the highest point of the arch too far forward for me, and it was as uncomfortable as having too much arch. For my MTB Bonts, I tried a heat-moldable insole (PowerStep) that was helpful for making that shoe work for me.
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buy bigger than you think you need. many people experience some swelling in the toes at about 90 minutes, and it's painful. plenty of room in the toe-box addresses this.
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Nobody can suggest what shoes to buy because the only way to know is to try them on. The shoes need to be suitable for your individual foot and sole shape.
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buy bigger than you think you need. many people experience some swelling in the toes at about 90 minutes, and it's painful. plenty of room in the toe-box addresses this.
This is good advice. Slightly too big rarely causes an issue, but even slightly too small can be a show-stopper on a long ride. Ask me how I know!
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Fit is all that matters.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
For me, flat is better. I have a thin foot, low instep, and low arches. ... At a LBS recently, I tried on some Shimano XC702s - OMG!! I've never had a shoe be so close to perfect, right out of the box. I found an excellent deal on some RC902s, and they are simply great for my feet, without any special adjustments other than removing the adjustable arch support on the stock insole. ...
I also have narrow, flat feet and find that Shimano shoes work well out of the box. Another carbon shoe that has a similar feel is Giro Empire SLX, although they are too sexy -- as well as harder to put on and take off -- for me to put as many miles on them.
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Lake shoes. By far the most comfy shoes and true to the size on their charts. No need to upsize to compensate. In addition, the leather just feels sooooo good.
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I have used several different brands of shoes, I had some really comfortable Bontrager, Sidi, and Shimano, each one had their plus and minus, but ultimately for road, I found the one specific model for Bontrager worked best for me, but in the mountain\gravel side, Shimano XC shoes were my go to. Shoes are like saddles, you have to find what works best for you.
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I found happy feet w’ Sidi full carbon soles. Feet get even more happy when adding a Specialized Body Geometry SL footbed. The blue ones (med) suit me best
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Grrr...The Shimano XC902s I bought (new) from the big auction site are the "wide" version, which was not indicated anywhere. I was able to get them to almost be good for my feet, but not quite good enough to settle. If you know where to look (not far away) they can be yours for an attractive price.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
There are a dozen shoe companies, best bet is to go to a local shop that has a good selection and try them on.
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Helmets, saddles, shoes. The only way to know which is right for you is to try them yourself.

Unlike foot retention, where it has been long settled that Shimano road pedals are the best.

I've had success with Sidi but their insoles aren't the best for my feet. I tried a few different ones and found SuperFeet running insoles to feel the best.
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