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Old 01-16-20, 07:56 AM
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Shimano Sandal Fit (SH-SD5)

Anyone rocking these bad boys? I just ordered a pair online (no one carries them locally) and they seem awfully big. I wear a US10.5 street shoe. I ordered size 45/46 which is supposed to be bang on my size but I have almost a full inch of extra sandal in front of my foot. The heel too is about 1/2 inch too long.

I know this won't be a problem when I ride but the idea of these sandals is to be a walking/riding/touring shoe and I'm wondering if I'm going to be tripping over them.

Photo below shows how they fit. Any thoughts?

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Old 01-16-20, 08:00 AM
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They don't look like they'll work well with toe clips...
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I hate having to exchange items purchased online. Question: Does the clip fall in the right place? This is the most important thing to consider IMHO. If it does, then the extra lenght may not matter.
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They indeed run large. Here's an old 3 strap Shimano 41-42 on my 7.5 size foot. They have plenty of fore/aft, left/right adjustment at the cleat. I have mine adjusted all the way to the rear and to the inside (to avoid heel strike on the crank with the wide heel). I prefer the narrower Keens with boxed in toes but their SPD cycling sandals are no longer available.


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Old 01-16-20, 11:25 AM
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Years ago Shimano sandals were not overly large, I had two pairs. Something must have changed.

Speaking of change, Keen discontinued cycling-capable (with clipless cleat mount) sandals 3-4 years ago. Keen fans need to stop recommending them, it leads some readers to futile google searches for nonexistent products.
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Old 01-17-20, 08:07 AM
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I decided they were just too big and ungainly and sent them back. I'm hoping to find a size 44 locally that I can try on before I buy. Another reason to avoid the perils of buying footwear online.
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I usually find that open toe sandals are marked too large for my feet. I also wear size 10.5 shoes, in Euro sizes I usually wear a 44.5 or 45. But sandals, I often try a size 10 first instead of a 10.5 if I am in a store. I am guessing that the foot bed on a sandal is the same size as the foot bed for that size shoe, but with a shoe you have to have more room in the front so your toes do not hit the front of the shoe and mess up your nails, but with a sandal your toes can go up to that point without any problem.

I have a pair of Merril Moab sandals that are marked size 10/EU 43 that fit quite well. They are not cycling sandals, I am only mentioning them as a reference for size, not suggesting them for biking.

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..., Keen discontinued cycling-capable (with clipless cleat mount) sandals 3-4 years ago. Keen fans need to stop recommending them, it leads some readers to futile google searches for nonexistent products.
I love my Keens, I was surprised to learn that they stopped making them. My Doctor saw me wearing them, he asked where he could buy them and I told him they were no longer made, but that was a half year ago and I told him that he might find them somewhere with a google search.
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^ Yes, I'm the same, 10.5 US size street shoes, 44.5-45 cycling shoe, 10 sandal (Shimano, Chaco, etc).

OP, best strategy for buying shoes (or anything) is purchase from merchant with free returns (preferably including free return shipping) like Amazon with Prime. I used Prime for Amazon purchases from 2009 to 2016 only in free-30-day-trial mode, never paid a penny for the many returns I made. Amazon recently discontinued free Prime trials, now you have to pay for Prime. My first order made without Prime recently resulted in some cheap headphones that i would have returned if economically feasible. Prime is probably worth the cost if you spend more than $100/month at Amazon. A lot of the merchandise sold there is marginal quality, something you would not buy if you had in hand to inspect. BTW, Walmart is trying hard to match Amazon and they are succeeding to a large extent. Prime not needed with Walmart since you can often inexpensively return "rejects" at nearby store.
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