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Give me strength(15 posts)

Give me strengthbill
May 31, 2001 8:14 AM
I bought Northwave Team carbon-soled shoes from Colorado Cyclist. After shipping, about $90, which is excellent for a shoe that I've seen elsewhere for $250, right? Except that they're just a little small. Size 42.5, which, despite standard European sizing, they said would fit an American size 10. Actually, the left fits perfectly; the right is just a little snug.
Give me the strength to send them back, fellas. I'm sitting here, trying to convince myself that they'll just stretch a little and I'll be happy, but we all know that that's not true.
They're beautiful. Anyone want them?
Trust the force Luke.......Len J
May 31, 2001 8:16 AM
Do what you know you should do, Otherwise every time you see the shoes, or feel the discomfort you'll be reminded.

Ah the curse of the haunting shoe.
re: Give me strengthVon Zip
May 31, 2001 8:34 AM
I thought a 10 was a 44?!#*
usually it is, but CC's chart says that, for NW, a 10 is 42.5bill
May 31, 2001 8:41 AM
I called three times, speaking to different people, to confirm. All of them seemed to be going on some personal experience, not just the sizing chart, and they all said these should fit.
To be fair, they're not far off. If your feet were just on the small side of a 10, they'd probably fit; my left foot, just a tad smaller than my right, fits perfectly (with little margin for error, but it fits).
re: Give me strengthDINOSAUR
May 31, 2001 8:35 AM
Yes send them back. Northwaves do run a tad small, I purchased 44.5, half a size larger than my usual size. I guess the lesson is not to order any clothing item via the interent unless you are sure of the fit. They will stretch eventually, but mine took a couple of years. Maybe you should have titled this post "My left foot".
Your Feets Too Big! (JRM? Right Breckinator, Breckster?) Anyway,128
May 31, 2001 8:43 AM
bill, I'm sure you know that feet come in two sizes: right and left. Most folks is bone that way an ain't nothin ycan do bowt it. (jeez, it's like I'm chanelling Breck, weird.) So I shoe block my leather shoes and just wait for sneakers to stretch to my left foot, which is slightly larger, but cycling boots? hmmm
Better have some built up for you custom.
Socks, of course are the other variable one can play with when you get the "just a bit loose in this one" effect

(Hang them from your rearview)

for $90, I'll go with fuzzy dice. Haven't mounted cleats yet,bill
May 31, 2001 8:48 AM
so they should take them back.
Agreed, they should take them. I respect your courage128
May 31, 2001 9:15 AM
buying shoes through the mail. I could never do it. My feet would have my head. I try on like a hundred pair before my feet finally agree...
It is a fine line between courage and stupidity, and I thankbill
May 31, 2001 9:23 AM
you for your charity in placing me on this side of the line. I'm not sure that I deserve it.
Oh well; it ends up being about a $12 experiment.
Yeah, he's contagiousmike mcmahon
May 31, 2001 12:46 PM
I've had to fight the urge to start writing like Breck. What I'd really like to do is file some sort of motion in the local court in Breck-eze. That would really throw 'em for a loop.

Back to the shoe issue, I recently got a new pair of Genius 3s and discovered that foot width, in addition to foot lenghth, varies between left and right. I really have to ratchet down the lever on the right shoe, while the ratchet on the left shoe is about in the middle. I've resorted to throwing an extra left-over Sidi insole in the right shoe. I've now found the perfect balance and my feet are in perfect harmony. There's nothing better than a pair of comfortable shoes. Well, some things are better, but they're best discussed on other boards.
The good news & the bad news with NW....vram
May 31, 2001 9:51 AM
that I ordered from CC. Good news:NW Evolution (Cipo' shoes :) are great looking pair of shoes and fit perfectly and a great price at $77 including shipping. I faced the similar problem as you have when ordering my Nike Gabuche ( I am a 9.5 but had to order a 11.5 to fit). I had to return them 4 times to REI till I got the right size! But I don't regret it, since they cost me $20, and REI paid for return shipping.

Bad News: Colorado cyclist didn't send me the carbon sole and the adapter attachment with my shoes. So I have to wait another week till I can use them. NW is the only shoe that comes with dedicated soles for specific pedal systems. Looking at the picture on my box, I think there are three different pieces that are missing. A metal plate, a yellow mid-sole layer, and the carbon sole. Is that right??
I'm not sure what you ordered, but I'm pretty sure it isn'tbill
May 31, 2001 10:10 AM
the Evolution, which is NW's this year's flagship road shoe. The Evolution is three closure straps, carbon soles, and way expensive (and not being closed out anywhere -- I think that CC is closing out their NW line, all last year's stuff and older, and I don't think that they ever have carried the Evolution). What you ordered, I think, is the Fibra (sp?) with some sort of carbon insert, which I don't know anything about.
My (soon not to be my) shoes are pretty cool, because they don't seem to require any adaptor anything to accomodate either a look-profile cleat or a shimano cleat.
Brother, it is the Evolution...vram
May 31, 2001 10:38 AM
There is one more available at size 45 if you are interested. They say evolution on the box, on my shoes, and yes hey have three straps and look exactly like the advertised evolution in my Cyclesport mag.

They are the flagship shoes of NW, and that's why I couldn't belive my luck! I checked out NW' website and they have my shoes on display :) And they do have a three layer sole.

awright, I've checked the site again, and I can't find it.bill
May 31, 2001 10:53 AM
Can you provide the link (or directions)?
May 31, 2001 3:08 PM
I guess they've sold out cause I don't see them listed on CC shoe section anymore. But here's NW website: