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Where to get cycling shoes online?

Old 04-25-10, 03:34 PM
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Where to get cycling shoes online?

I'm looking to get some cycling shoes on the cheap. I've looked at Nashbar and Jenson USA. What other websites can I look at for deals on shoes? I need SPD compatible size 14 shoes. That's a 49, right?
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Shoes are like helmets they all fit a bit different... shoe's are probably more fit sensitive too

I'd recommend visiting a local shop and trying on several pairs and sizes

just like dress shoes or sneakers a 14 is not always a 14

it's best to buy locally first unless your replacing
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I agree, even if you dont buy from them try on some shoes at a LBS and find one that you like, then look online for the best deal on that shoe. All shoes fit differently too, you may not like the arch for example on a specialized but in a sidi you feel great. Ask them which one they think would be best for how you ride, and if they end up offering a great deal, buying from them is a great idea, they can install your cleats for free (usually) and will be happy to help you should you need it (for example learning how to clip in and out)
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My LBS only carries Pearl Izumi shoes and they don't usually carry my size (it's not a really big shop). I don't really feel like, or have time, to drive around to other shops. I figure I'll just take my chances online and return them if need be.
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they varies rather differently even if they are size corrected.

i found out my feet is too wide for bontrager's and shimmy's

specialized wide and diadora wide fits perfectly.

i would try them on in person first, it might take a drive to a different LBS but it's well worth it imho
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Originally Posted by tardman91 View Post
My LBS only carries Pearl Izumi shoes and they don't usually carry my size (it's not a really big shop). I don't really feel like, or have time, to drive around to other shops. I figure I'll just take my chances online and return them if need be.
Nashbar and Performance have "no questions asked" return policies. Start there.
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Returns are a hassle, but it's your life and your choice.

I feel that shoes are best bought in person. Luckily I have a performance shop nearby.
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Returns are a hassle, but it's your life and your choice.

I feel that shoes are best bought in person. Luckily I have a performance shop nearby.
Trying them on in the shop doesn't guarantee a good fit either. It take some miles to be sure they're going to work for you. So whether you buy locally or on-line, there's always a chance you'll be doing a return.
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Zappos.com has a limited selection of cycling shoes.. but they have a excellent return policy. I just made a purchase two weeks ago and they were too small. I did try them out on 2 rides, thinking I could break them in.. but found a 10.5 is not a 11. I was able to return them via UPS at no charge and they gave me a full refund. I've bought shorts from there too, a great company to deal with.

Oh, and all of there shipments are free* (*included in price) UPS 2nd day. I ordered on Monday night and they were at my doorstep on Wednesday Morning.
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I bought all my gear off of nashbar, they're cheap and have good products.

Nashbar.com
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What i would do and what many here does with the shoes is just go to a store that carry the shoes you want or maybe another brand, try them to figure it out the size and then get them online. Or if you figure it out another brand sizing that the shop carries just look at the web the shoe size charts moving around with different brands. So at least if you know that u use a 42 in dmt for example, you should go with a 44 in shimanos or 45 in sidis taking that info from the charts (this is a making up example OK?)
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I think I might break down and go to a shop this afternoon because after looking around the web for quite some time last night, I found HUGE varriances in comparison charts between European and US shoe sizes. I'm thinking I need a 48 or 49, but according to the charts that could be anywhere between a 12 and a 16 depending on the brand. Stupid EU sizes...
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Either you want service or you want a price. Don't be a dick and waste someone's time at a shop and then buy the same shoes online.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Either you want service or you want a price. Don't be a dick and waste someone's time at a shop and then buy the same shoes online.
What I really want is to figure out what size I wear in cycling shoes. If they have a decent pair of entry level road shoes for less than $100 in my size I'll probably buy them today at the shop. If not, I'll order somewhere online.
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Originally Posted by tardman91 View Post
What I really want is to figure out what size I wear in cycling shoes. If they have a decent pair of entry level road shoes for less than $100 in my size I'll probably buy them today at the shop. If not, I'll order somewhere online.
It's still being a dick to spend time trying on their shoes if you don't intend to buy them. You can see the price before you try them on.

Also, sizes vary greatly between brands. Just because you are a 49 in one brand doesn't mean that you are in others.
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^^^^as others have said, you won't have a size in cycling shoes. Every brand is different. I wear a size 44 Specialized and a 45 Louis Garneau.

You need to either:
1) Try the specific shoe on before you buy
2) Be prepared to take advantage of Nashbar's hassle free return policy.

As to the ethics of trying on at LBS then ordering online, not going to go there. The end state is you having a comfortable shoe - how you want to get there is up to you.
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as to the ethics of trying on at lbs then ordering online, not going to go there. The end state is you having a comfortable shoe - whether or not you want to be a dick is up to you.
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I was in the same situation as you and ordered a pair of Diadoras from Performance for about 50 bucks. I'm a size 14 in all of my shoes, but some of my shoes say 48, some say 48.5, and some say 49. At the end of the day I went ahead and ordered the 49s and they fit me nicely. I also ordered a pair of Shimano 48s, but they are equal to a US 12.3 from what I've heard, so I don't know how they'll work out (they're still in the mail).

The best thing to do if you're looking to buy exclusively online (probably for the sake of price and selection) is to look for everyone's experience with different brands and how true to size they actually are. Also don't go by generic sizing charts on Zappos and other sites. Instead check out the actual shoe manufacturer's website and see what their sizing guide looks like. Hope this helps
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endless.com

Combined with 20% cashback via bing.com plus the 1yr return policy...free shipping both ways.
Ive tested their 1yr return policy. On my Sidi 5's I had a cracked caliper buckle after 9 months so I called them about a getting a replacement buckle (its user replaceable)...they overnighted a new pair and I sent the old pair back.
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PBK. Their refund policy allows you to try them for fit and if it doesn't, you can send them back. Just have to pay shipping to the UK. I got two pairs of Sidi 6.6's without issue.
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Originally Posted by chrism32205 View Post
Zappos.com has a limited selection of cycling shoes.. but they have a excellent return policy. I just made a purchase two weeks ago and they were too small. I did try them out on 2 rides, thinking I could break them in.. but found a 10.5 is not a 11. I was able to return them via UPS at no charge and they gave me a full refund. I've bought shorts from there too, a great company to deal with.

Oh, and all of there shipments are free* (*included in price) UPS 2nd day. I ordered on Monday night and they were at my doorstep on Wednesday Morning.
Shipping is free BOTH WAYS. Free to you and free if you need to return it. Whenever I buy stuff from Zappos, I buy at least two pairs of the same shoe and return the one that doesnt fit. They carry some Pearl Izumis and Sidis
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Well you guys will be happy to hear that I supported my not-so-local bike shop this afternoon and bought a nice pair of Specialized road shoes in size 48. They ran me $89, which was a bit more than I was looking to spend on my beginners budget, but I'm very happy with them, and more importantly, I know they fit. I'll save my money on the pedals, which I will be buying online.
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Got my SIDI 5.5's from Pricepoint, very happy with the shoes and the price paid.
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I am a firm believer in eBay for shoes. Got my carbon sole Specialized BG shoes for about 40 shipped from eBay. They didn't look like they had ever been ridden (owner said they had been used twice). Not a scratch on the carbon (there are plenty of them now), it was a great decision.
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I just got a pair of Lakes CX235C (White) from Wiggle for $102.00 delivered to US. I was worried about the size issue as some people say they run small and some say the run big. Anyway, I wear Shimano 47s and decided to order 46.5, they fit perfect. The only difference I noticed is that they are very narrow compared to Shimano. If you have wide feet be careful with regular Lake sizes.

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