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Shoe questions - wide, carbon, budget?

Old 01-20-09, 11:24 PM
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Shoe questions - wide, carbon, budget?

I just got my first road bike and I want to go clipless and I have a few questions.

First, I normally wear an 11.5 EEEE width street shoe. I tried on a 46 normal width Specialized BG Pro Road Shoe and I had a terrible time getting the ratchet buckle to connect. Length was okay, but bad on width. I then tried a 48 Shimano R132L and that fit okay, but felt a bit tight. (not sure if they would stretch a bit and be good, or if I would have problems with them being too tight if I had any swelling on a long ride)

The problem is that I can't find the wide version of the specialized anywhere locally to try on, and not sure how the fit should feel to make a judgement call on the Shimano.

Are there other brands I should look at that are typically good for wide feet?

I'm mainly interested fitness and having the endurance/comfort for long rides. Is carbon important? Is there a budget point where a novice gets diminishing returns?

I of course would like to spend as little as possible, but not at the expense of hurting comfort. I don't really care if I'm .5 mph slower or 30 extra grams.

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Prepare for 17 responses of "SidI Mega", which only come in black. The buckle on the Specialized BG Pro Road is adjustable for length. I had to put it on the long setting. You could try Northwave also.

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+1 on the Northwave or Sidi Mega. Those were the best options for large feet when I was working in my LBS. Everything else is pretty narrow in comparison. Good Luck, and remember your comfort is worth it and you don't replace road shoes too often.
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The most important factor in shoe comfort and performance is how well it fits your feet. Carbon soles may weigh a little less, but you don't get a lot more comfort for their higher cost. Try visiting some local stores and trying on their shoes. Buy whatever fits you best.
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First, I normally wear an 11.5 EEEE width street shoe.
sounds like a custom shoe to me.
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If you're not racing, you don't need carbon on your shoes. Yes, it's probably nice to have a pair, just as it's nice to have a carbon bike. But you don't need them, particularly if you are on a budget.

In my experience over the years, shoes will stretch out a bit.

As far as Specialized goes, you should be able to mail order the shoes if they are in stock from Specialized itself - if the shoes are not the right size, you can send them back without penalty.
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Shimano makes a wide-fit version of the shoe you tried on as well.
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Rocket 7 and D2 come in many more sizes, including full custom. My feet are not that wide, probably a true D width. I used standard Sidi shoes for years, but they were snug in the width. I switched last year from a 42.5 Sidi to a 42D R7. This year I bought custom D2 shoes. The size was what they call a 42.5 3E or wide, but they are no wider the R7 D width. You'll probably need something even wider than their stock shoe. The D2 custom orthotic is great. It provides total arch support for my high arches.

Neither of these shoes is cheap, but it not hard to spend more on a couple of pair of shoes that don't fit. D2 will send you a fit kit that's free is you buy shoes or $30 if you don't. The shoes will arrive within 2-3 weeks after ordering. The D2's construction is better, IMO, but they aren't quite as light. My pair weighed 442 grams without insoles and the cutom orthotics added 109 grams. The orthotic weight is only 11 grams more than an off the shelf SOLE (brand) thin support heat formable insole and provides much better support.
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