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Road Shoes: How do they fit differently?

Old 10-24-09, 08:21 PM
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Road Shoes: How do they fit differently?

i've been riding sidi's exclusively for 5 years now, and they are just a hair small in the tow box for me, but i deal with it. it's time i try out new shoes. what are the characteristics of other shoe brands? i've heard so far that northwave run very wide, and specialized somewhere in between sidi and northwave.

anyone have any opinions on the general characteristics of the different shoe brands?

feel free to talk about northwave, sidi, bontrager, shimano, mavic, lake, etc...
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If you like your Sidis, just get their road models. Problem solved.
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Northwave's aren't excessively wide but they are wider than Sidi's.
They are wider in the toe box area permitting more movement of the toes. I prefer them, for that reason, over Sidi's though I've always loved Sidi as well.
I have not tried on any other brands though I would if the opportunity arises. I'm not a one brand person.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
If you like your Sidis, just get their road models. Problem solved.
i don't like my sidis, that's the issue. too small in the toe box for me. btw, i am riding their road shoes already. i'm asking about the other road shoe brands.


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Originally Posted by redmist View Post
i don't like my sidis, that's the issue. too small in the toe box for me. btw, i am riding their road shoes already. i'm asking about the other road shoe brands.
Sorry, didn't read carefully enough, just saw have mtb Sidis, what about road shoes...

Anyway, I had road Sidis and went to Specialized, I think they are a little narrower, or they just didn't stretch out as much.
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Sidis are something akin to a C width. Average male shoe is a D. Sidi Megas are probably around an E.

Northwaves are similar to Sidi Megas width wise.

Time is pretty narrow. Mavic are narrow *and* shallow.

Garneau are somewhere in the middle.

Bontrager will be average, to a little wide. With the stock insole they've got a lot of arch to them. You can always swap insoles though.

You owe it to yourself to also try out Specialized, Diadoras and Shimanos, though I don't have personal experience with them.
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I had Northwaves but they are too wide. Sold them and got sidi's and they're perfect for me. Like the person above mentioned, try the Mega versions of sidi as they have more room in the toe box. My Genius 6 have Lorica vs. leather and they have excellent stretching properties fyi.
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Lake shoes run on the wide size.

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I just broke in my new Specialized shoes today. I had tried Sidi and Shimano in the shop and found both slightly narrow (D width foot here). I'm very inbetween in sizes where a 47 is too snug and a 48 is slightly large but with the specialized shoes, neither were too narrow, only too short for my toes. I'd definitely give speciallized a good look.
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I've been riding an old (1999) pair of Carnac road shoes and Specialized winter and MTB shoes. The Carnacs are all around tighter...narrower, shorter and lower, with a much flatter arch. Since I've been riding them for so long I've had a hard time finding replacement shoes because everything I try on has way too much arch for me. The Specialized shoes felt that way in the store as well but I needed winter shoes so I figured I'd give them a shot anyway. On the bike the larger arch support has never bothered me. I've finally purchased a pair of Northwaves to replace my Carnacs. They feel similar volume wise to the Specialized shoes but with less arch support, though still more than my old Carnacs.
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I just bought a pair or Sidi Genius 5 Mega Lorica in a size 46 after trying on a number of different brands. My take:
  • Shimano R220 - Overall a bit narrow for my foot and no wide sizes and butt ugly
  • Sidi Genius 5 - Buckle placement was poor for my foot + a little narrow
  • Specialized Pro - definitely narrow for my foot but they do make a wide version (not so with the Comp)

I'd try the Megas if you haven't already.
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thanks all. sound advice so far. i'm surprised that there are some that think that specialized run as narrow as sidis. i've heard that they are slightly more wide, but not wide like lake shoes. i was considering the new specialized s-works dual boa design.


anyone else care to chime in?
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Lakes are wide in the mid foot but have a really curved last, the toe box is really pointy. If you've got a wide forefoot (IE: wide toes) they won't be that great.
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The narrowness of the Sidi's and Carnac's are as much from the "pointy" end of their toe box as overall narrowness. If I cut off my last three toes, they would fit fine. My Shimanos fit my foot perfectly - never a problem from mile one. The toe box has room for ALL of my toes, and the heel fits snugly. But mine are about 3 yrs. old and the new ones don't seem to fit as well.

I'm looking for some white Northwaves to try on.
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Originally Posted by plasticmaam12 View Post
Lake shoes run on the wide size. Alot of smaller shops use this as their wide shoe because they can be ordered by the single pair from QBP and then they don't have to stock another entire shoe line.
IIRC, QBP and Lake aren't working together anymore.


Anyways, Shimano is my brand of choice, but I'll be trying out some Scott's when we become a dealer soon. I'm almost flat footed though, so I may not be a good majority cantidate.
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I'd like to try some Northwaves, but they only make through size 48.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
IIRC, QBP and Lake aren't working together anymore.
Correct.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
IIRC, QBP and Lake aren't working together anymore.
I have confirmed that you and grolby are correct on this. I've been out of the loop too long I guess.
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Specialized Road Shoes

I was trying on some new road shoes as my older Specialized were just a hair too short and snug..but love them. When I want to try on some '09 Specialized, same model, I noticed that they were noticeably narrower than my old shoes..'07? model.

I tried on the new Bontragers, and they seemed to have good room..I have a wider toe box. I think it's a shame that Specialized only offers wider width shoes in their top, most expensive shoe..poor folk have wide feet as well.

Don't get me wrong..love the Specialized shoes..just an observation.

I hear Northwaves run wider..Sidi's are for tiny Italian feet...:-)
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thanks for all the responses.
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Originally Posted by plasticmaam12 View Post
I have confirmed that you and grolby are correct on this. I've been out of the loop too long I guess.
This was their first year apart. Now if you were talking about 10 Speed Importers carrying Guerciotti into the US, then we'd have soem problems.
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