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New road shoes, wide feet and orthotics......(12 posts)

New road shoes, wide feet and orthotics......DannyBoy
Mar 6, 2002 4:17 AM
Been getting some miles in and now need to update the old beat up shoes, velcro comming unstitched etc etc.

I'm a UK 8.5 (US 9.5?/Euro 43), but wide as you like and also wear an orthotic arch support, anyone recomend a good road shoe that has some room in it, I'm not blessed with skinny Italian feet!

I'm using speedplay cleats also.
Try these shoes...Cima Coppi
Mar 6, 2002 6:13 AM
The Sidi G4 Mega is supposedly a EE width, and people who have wide feet rave about how roomy they are. The Sidi's work just fine with Speedplay pedals. Also, Carnac's have a last that is wider than the norm, and I think Northwave does as well. The key is to try on as many shoes as you can to make a good decision.

re: New road shoes, wide feet and orthotics......gregdogg62
Mar 6, 2002 6:14 AM
Carnacs have a fairly wide toe box
re: New road shoes, wide feet and orthotics......jakerider
Mar 6, 2002 9:13 AM
danny b,
i have the same foot size as you. 9.5 U.S., and I own a pair of sidi genius III's that are a touch too tight
in the euro 43.5. I have a slightly wide foot. I had to have a pair of sidi energy II's. I tried on a pair of
the new genuis 4's in the mega size (43.5) and they were perfect. The only kicker is sidi does not
offer the energy II's in mega sizes so I bought a pair in the euro 44 and they felt fine. I also use
speedplay cleats and the sidi's come with adaptor plates for those.
I have had great luck with the sidi's.
Many thanks for the advice...DannyBoy
Mar 6, 2002 5:45 PM
I'll try as many as I can, but will look at the brands and models you've specified, just spent 500 bucks on custom made orthotics, better get some good shoes too.

Thanks again!
If you're looking to go cheaper…wongsifu_mk
Mar 6, 2002 5:57 PM
.try the '02 Specialized line:

I just bought a pair of the higher end (cheaper than Italian) pairs because they fit my wide feet (US 9 D) exceptionally well. With Sidi mega's and Shimano I've always had this extra toe length space when getting into their shoes. This is the best 'fitting' (but not the 'sexiest') cycling shoe I've owned.
One problem.....DannyBoy
Mar 6, 2002 9:24 PM
Looks like the specialied shoes have various inbuilt technologies like Varsus wedge, arch support etc. I wear a custom made orthotic which is meant to sort a specific knee problem out, I assume I couldn't put these inserts in these shoes???

Or are the various supports and wedges built into a removable insole that i can switch??
Sidi, Northwave, Carnac, Diadorajtolleson
Mar 6, 2002 6:14 PM
Diadora's are the roomy shoe for the rider on a budget; don't think they offer anything that retails for over $100.

Sidi is really only roomy in the Mega size, which is only available in a couple of Sidi's priciest models.

Northwave and Carnac are roomy in the toe box (I just found a pair of ATB Northwaves on screaming closeout at my LBS and they are now my spinning shoes).

I've heard good things about the fit of the new butt-ugly Pearl Izumi shoes, too.
Sidi, Northwave, Carnac, Diadoranelson
Mar 7, 2002 9:57 AM
Diadora currently has road shoes from $70 to $250 at retail with four models over $100. Bill Peterson has been "ready-fit" insoles designed to fit Diadora shoes for about 10 years. These are basically self-molding orthotic-type insoles. There is also a custom molded insole available.
Bill Peterson???KEN2
Mar 7, 2002 10:01 AM
Who is this Bill Peterson? More info please!
Thanks for the Diadora info...jtolleson
Mar 7, 2002 4:26 PM
Haven't seen any at that price point in my LBS (probably because they sell more high-end Sidis) but it is good to know they are out there.
Carnac LegendsTonyR
Mar 7, 2002 2:15 PM
I have the same size foot as you, and also use Speedplays. Tried the Sidi Genius Mega, and yes it is wide. My problem was it was wide from front to back (ie: no taper).
As you mentioned your UK size first can I assume you are from England/Ireland? If so it is fairly common for people from this region to have a wide forefoot and a narrow heal (I used to rep for a major shoe co.). If this is the case try to Carnac Legends. They were perfect from the time I put them on. I wish all my shoes fit as well as they do. Sorry I can't help with the orthodic issue, as I'm fortunate enough not to need 'em.