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Old 06-03-10, 04:27 PM
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Shoe Fit

What are considered the most important area of fit for a cycling shoe? I have weird feet and can never find a shoe to fit me perfectly so I guess I need to figure out which aspects are most important.

I guess you want the heel cup to be reasonably good fitting, and across the top of the shoe to be very good fitting because this will be where the strain is when pulling up. Also I guess that the toe area isn't as important as in walking shoes because your toes aren't going to be pushed towards the front much.

What about width? It's something I always have trouble with and in hiking shoes it can cause issues. Is there any time when some extra horizontal room is going to be bad in a cycling shoe though or is it really not something I should worry about?
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Well, I can't really answer you questions, but I will mention that I just got my first pair of cycling shoes. I had trouble finding shoes that fit. One reason was I wear 49's, and only one local store stocks that size, and they don't stock too many styles in that size, so the choices are limited. Of the ones I tried on, I don't think any of them would have been very comfortable had they been walking shoes. However, the ones that seemed best, I went ahead and got. I just got back from a 34 mile ride with them, and all is well. I'm thinking perfect fit is not as critical as with walking shoes, maybe.
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If the heel and toe fit, then obviously width is secondary and comes naturally. I made the mistake of picking too large a shoe (for comfort on my toes) and the shoe is slightly looser than it should be after it gets broken in a little. Cycling shoes should be the tightest fitting shoes (within reason) you own.
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The problem I alway have with shoes is the toe box. Most shoes crush the small toe on one of my feet. So far Sidis and Shimano wide versions are the only thing that seems to have worked. However, I tired on a stock pair of Specialized shoes and they didn't hurt my feet at all. So they may be my next shoes.
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Just make sure you get a pair with 3 adjustment straps instead of a "cheaper" shoe with only 2 straps. I have 2 pair of Shimano's, 1 for offroad and 1 for onroad. The onroad pair only has 2 straps, they dont feel nearly as secure as the offroad pair which has 3 straps.
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Everybody has slightly different shaped feet so you need to find the brand and style that works...just like you would for dress shoes. Some shoes like Sidi's are narrow and so they also make a wide. My Lake's seem pretty normal but with a slightly wider front. Cycling shoes might break in a bit, but if it feels off at first it probably won't ever be right. I like mine to cup the heel but not crush the toes as your feet will swell when you ride, as well as later in the day. I'd look for a shoe that is comfortable right away and than can be adjusted from a little loose to really tight.

Some more expensive shoes are made with softer materials (like kangaroo leather) that may break in better and can be tighter initially.
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Snug heel, loose toe box, able to loosen up straps around "body" of foot as your feet swell during your ride. Also, you may want to replace the footbed with an arch support, which could require a bit more room in the shoe. I used to wear my shoes way too tight and I started having foot problems, now I moved up a size, use arch supports, and wear my shoes very loose at the toe and snug at the heel, and my feet are much happier.
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