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How snug should road shoes fit?

Old 03-28-05, 11:50 AM
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How snug should road shoes fit?

Making the transition into clipless for the first time. How should road shoes fit? Should I size up 1/2 or a full size like I do for my running shoes?

I have wide feet and can wear a regular US size 9 in casual shoes, but my for my running shoes I always get a size 10, 2E width, which gives me about a thumb of space between my toes and the tip of the shoe . If I don't do this my toenails get bruised and I get terrible blisters on the sides of my big toe.

Do I need the extra toe room (lengthwise) in road shoes? Or should I just go with a size 9 wide and not have so much toe room?

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For me, I prefer extra room. My shoes are not tight at all. This is different for me as I like my running and hiking shoes snug and ski boots numbingly snug.

In fact, I have the velcro strap over my toes on my road shoes closed only barely. The ratchett only a click or two closed. Tho I will tighten up sometimes depending what I'm doing.
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Tight enough that you can't pull them off without loosening the closure.

The rest is up to you.
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For me, 44 was a snug fit and 45 had just enough extra room so that I could move my toes. I chose 45, as opposed to usually wearing 10.5 regular shoes/boots.
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Firts of all, your feet don't move around and take the pounding like they do running. So the extra length caused by feet swelling and sliding around does't apply with cycling.

Next, good cycling shoes stretch from the size tehy are brand new.

Finally, cleated shoes work most efficiently when your feet don't move. You want you feet stable but not pinched.
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Get 3 straps at least. Or 2 straps and a ratchet/buckle. Slightly roomy but not so roomy your heel pops off.
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Your feet will swell up a little bit with any physical activity. Don't forget about that.
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I think a lot of cycling shoes use metric sizing (mine did), so the best way is really to try them on - European manufacturers can be different as are domestic. I have some from Specialized with three straps, and they are really comfy. I wouldn't call them "loose", but looser than my running or soccer shoes. You *can* ratchet them up pretty tight with the straps if you want, but I take care not to since my feet cramp up in that case.

The other thing to consider is if you are going to do winter cycling and need to accomodate thicker socks than you might wear in the summer.

I usually wear a 9 and these are 42 if that helps.
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My first pair of SIDIs were 45s.

After using them for a season, I went up to 46. Your feet get hot, your feet get bigger. Snug isn't so great when it's 93 degrees outside.

I recommend a half to full size bigger.
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I'm normally I size 43, maybe a 44 at most but my Nike OLCV's are 45's. The swelling foot phenonena is for real. And even then I don't really pull the straps that tight.
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Hmmm, LordOpie's feet must be related to mine.
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Mine are pertty snug, but because of recent hot foot qand pain that almost made me cry, It is pretty loose. Still got enough power transfer, I love having big feet!
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I prefer a VERY snug fit. There's nothing worse than having your foot move in the shoe when you're pulling up/back -- it's not a very efficient transfer of energy.

The beauty of clipless with velcro or ratchet straps is that you can easily loosen them during hard efforts when your feet swell up.

So, going from clips to clipless, I chose a firmer shoe.
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
I prefer a VERY snug fit. There's nothing worse than having your foot move in the shoe when you're pulling up/back -- it's not a very efficient transfer of energy.

The beauty of clipless with velcro or ratchet straps is that you can easily loosen them during hard efforts when your feet swell up.

So, going from clips to clipless, I chose a firmer shoe.

Plus white boots fit better.....just look at round 1 of the AFL!!!
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was Crawford wearing fluoro green boots?
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Originally Posted by operator
Get 3 straps at least. Or 2 straps and a ratchet/buckle.
I don't know that this is very important. I wear Sidi Dynamic 3 road shoes which have two straps and they're secure. I don't have any problems. It seems to me that a two strap shoe that is properly designed is just as good as the same shoe with three straps.
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Originally Posted by labratmatt
I don't know that this is very important. I wear Sidi Dynamic 3 road shoes which have two straps and they're secure. I don't have any problems. It seems to me that a two strap shoe that is properly designed is just as good as the same shoe with three straps.
I went form Dynamic 3s to Genius 5 hi-techs, and I now what 2 ratchets on each foot!!
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the traditional rule is half a finger widths length of toe room. DO NOT let your toes touch the front of the shoe.
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