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has anyone gotten forte shoes from performance?

Old 09-04-06, 06:37 PM
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has anyone gotten forte shoes from performance?

if so, how do they fit, there are a couple reviews that say they fit a bit big, but i'm not sure if i should buy a size less or not, if you have bought a pair, what size did you get compared to your actual shoe size. Thanks!
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Old 09-04-06, 06:48 PM
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Try them on first. I would not order shoes online...I tried it once and found them too tight (not the Performance brand but I think this goes for any shoe). Unless you know how that particular shoe fits you I would not buy it without trying it on first. Cycling shoes vary by manufacturer and usually the European sizing doesn't translate well to American sizing. You might find that they vary by at least 1 size. For instance, I wear a 10.5 shoe which translates to a 44 Euro size which I've found to be too tight. I'm more of a 45 shoe but some 45 are a bit too large.

Try them before you buy.

As for Performance brand shoes...they probably aren't bad but they certainly aren't great.
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Old 09-04-06, 09:58 PM
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Bought a pair of the Forte CR310s a few months ago on sale for $55 from Performance and I have had no problems at all.
I wear a size 10 and ordered a 44 according to their sizing chart. They fit perfectly. Very happy with them. They take all cleat configurations just fine. Rode them with LOOK cleats and very comfortable and now using Eggbeater Quattros with no discomfort at all. I have about 800 miles in them so far. They are holding up well.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:18 PM
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Hey I got your PM, and they do fit a little large, but I only bought them because there's a Performance near me and I could try them on first. But I still ended up returning them 2 weeks later because the tongue was digging into the top of my foot. They seem to be made of a pretty cheap plastic or something. For another $25 I got the Peal Izumi Vegabond shoes and they fit much better. Still a tad large, though. I'm starting to think my foot just shrunk 1 size since I was a teen.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:31 PM
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I have their Cat 1 carbon sole shoes and they fit pretty well, at least better than the Sidi's that I tried (the Cat 1's were a little wider in the sole). But everyone's feet are different so I wouldn't buy them without trying them on first.

I normally wear a size 10 shoe and I got the size 45.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:41 PM
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I have a pair of x300's and they're the most comfortable MTB shoes I've ever worn. I'd definitely buy another pair when these where out.
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Old 09-04-06, 10:50 PM
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It's been years since I bought a pair of shoes online, but the last pair I bought from Performance matched up well with their sizing chart.
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Bought a pr of CM300? (MTB shoe version) early this year.
They fit well, ride comfortably (have done a few 100+ mi rides in them) and don;t interfere with getting in an out of my eggbeaters (have a nice fitting pr of Specialized that I had to modify cause the sole lugs did'nt connect well with my pedals). Sizing is a bit different than the size I would normally take. But that can vary by model and also from one season to next.
Feet and shoes are everthing, so I would always recommend fitting shoes locally. Its not important to by the highest price shoe, since there are plenty of great shoes at good pricing. I got mine at a 'local' performance store, and I;m glad I was able to do the fitting session. Not worth screwing your feet up for any amount of savings...
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Old 09-05-06, 11:52 AM
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I think they run a little big -- I'm a 10 and got the CR200s in a 44 and they're a bit roomy. I put some foot beds in them and they're fine now.
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