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Economical Wide Shoes

Old 08-22-11, 10:06 PM
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Economical Wide Shoes

I ordered a pair of Shimano SH-R087 size 44EE, and they aren't wide enough. They came from Zappos.com, which has free returns, so I'll try 45EE. However, I'm not optimistic, because I tried 45 normal width at a local shop, and they were pretty long.

The 44EE Shimanos were close, but not quite right. Will they break in and stretch a little, or should I go with the advice that road bike shoes should fit from the start?

Are there any other shoes that I should be looking at? I found this thread, but it's four years old. I'm hoping to find shoes in the $100-$130 range.
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Cannot really help you with road shoes, but I just recently switched to SPDs, and this is what I found. I went to five different bike shops, and tried all the mountain shoes I could find. The only ones that were wide enough for me, without being insanely long, were made by Pearl Izumi. Two different models at two different shops. The next closest were a Performance house brand, but after trying on the Pearl Izumis, it wasn't really that close.

FWIW, I wear a 10.5 EEEE Asics running shoe. My cycling shoe is a Pearl Izumi X Alp Seek IV in size 46. I paid $100 for the PI's.

I don't know if this sizing transfers to their road shoes, but they would be the first brand I would try if ever looking for road shoes. I've also read that Lake and Sidi make wide shoes, but I have no personal experience.
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Old 08-22-11, 10:53 PM
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Northwave shoes are flatter and wider than other brands through the front of the foot, IDK about how snug the heel is comparitively. If you can try some on that would tell you if the design works, but they do tend to be pricier.
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Specialized is making the Comp Road shoe in wide for 2012 (don't think they are in stock quite yet... but soon). Should retail for $150 and Specialized has a very generous return policy if they don't work out. Only catch is you can't get them online, only through a dealer.
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Originally Posted by igknighted View Post
Specialized is making the Comp Road shoe in wide for 2012 (don't think they are in stock quite yet... but soon). Should retail for $150 and Specialized has a very generous return policy if they don't work out. Only catch is you can't get them online, only through a dealer.
Is there anywhere to see the 2012 line of Specialized road shoes? I'm trying to decide whether I should buy now or wait, style-wise.
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If you're just trying to go wider, why are you getting a longer pair of shoes as well? Is 44EEE not available? I wouldn't expect a cycling shoe to stretch much since it's synthetic material. If you're buying a genuine leather pair (uncommon but they do exist), then they will stretch a bit.
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The sidi wides are not actually that wide, I have a pair. It sort of works because I have the straps real loose, but the shape itsself is not very wide.
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Look into Lake shoes. I have 2 pair the CX170 ($129) and the CX236 ($200). the 170 has a plastic sole vs the 236's carbon, but other than that, I can not tell a difference. Nashbar has the 170's on sale.
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I originally ordered the Shimano SH-R087 in size 44EE from Zappos.com. Their prices include shipping (including returns), so I exchanged the 44EE for a pair of 45EE shoes. They fit much better, and they aren't as long as I expected. They're comfortable, so now I'm ready to install the cleats and some used Dura Ace PD-7800 pedals from eBay and go for my first ride ever with clipless pedals!

CRASH!
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Originally Posted by mwandaw View Post
I originally ordered the Shimano SH-R087 in size 44EE from Zappos.com. Their prices include shipping (including returns), so I exchanged the 44EE for a pair of 45EE shoes. They fit much better, and they aren't as long as I expected. They're comfortable, so now I'm ready to install the cleats and some used Dura Ace PD-7800 pedals from eBay and go for my first ride ever with clipless pedals!

CRASH!
Good luck! Something possessed me to go clipless for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. I like it a lot.
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So far I've done a couple of 15 minute trial rides within a few blocks of home. Both times I practiced clipping in, clipping out, starting, stopping over and over again. Tomorrow I'll go on a real ride. Yikes!

When I bought my bike a little over a year ago I decided quickly that I really enjoyed it. I wanted to buy wheels, a better seat, and real bike shoes, but first I had to prove to myself that I was serious. In that first year I rode over 1,000 miles, and I did 20 miles in an hour, so for my birthday I treated myself! The shoes are the final touch. After many, many years of riding with platform pedals, I'm nervous in a positive way!
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First ride, and no crashes!

Of course, now that I have a little confidence, I'll probably make a fool of myself on the next ride!
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I have been using a shoe stretcher on my PI shoes. They are older so I do not recall which ones. They were the widest ones I could find at the time. I was having numbness due to Mortans Neuroma, probably caused by cycling and wearing narrow shoes. I am a 10.5 EEE. But now with the Neuroma, I need a 4 or 5 E shoe to keep my foot happy. So far the shoe seems to be stretching well, but slowly due to the stiffness of the shoe. A little more work and I think I will be good to go. Have patience as it takes a while. A pair of dress shoes took a week, these are going on a month.

http://www.footsmart.com/P-FitRight-...her-90120.aspx


In the mean time, I am riding on the Forte mongo wide pedals. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...1586500_400936
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