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Good Shoes for Narrow Feet and Shorts for Small People(9 posts)

Good Shoes for Narrow Feet and Shorts for Small PeopleJim Burton
Jun 4, 2001 8:09 AM
I was wondering if anyone out there has narrow feet like I do. If so, what shoes have you found to fit the best? I was considering getting a pair of women's shoes, even. Would this work? Usually women's shoes are made a little more narrow. Is this true for cycling shoes?

Also, can anyone tell me of a good pair of cycling shorts for short people. I think that the small shorts that most people sell are not actually shorter, just skinnier. Most short bottoms hit me too low, in my opinion (Just above my knees). Maybe this is correct, but I find myself having to fold my shorts up on longer rides to get a little air flowing to my quads.
re: Good Shoes for Narrow Feet and Shorts for Small PeopleRipley
Jun 4, 2001 10:49 AM
Hi Jim,

I'm female with average to narrow feet and ride with carnac ellipse (mens) shoes. Granted they are a little expensive, and I probably would never have bought them had I not gotten such a great deal. Now, I'll never go back - they are very, very comfortable.

If you are interested, I can let you know of a few places with great prices - but they are mail order, so you might have to buy sight unseen.

In terms of the shorts, my husband has the same issue. Although he hasn't tried them, I know Colorado Cyclist makes some shorts called "CC AS Powerline Short Short" that have a shorter inseam.

You can check them out at

Are you the same Jim Burton buying the new Serotta? If so, congrats. I, myself, am a happy owner of a Serotta CSI.

New Serotta!Jim Burton
Jun 4, 2001 3:36 PM
I am one and the same! I am almost unable to contain myself and I have three more weeks of waiting left! I have been training extra hard so I don't dissapoint her when she arrives.

Thanks for the info. I have seen the "short shorts" but was looking for a bib model.

Do send me the information about mail order, if you can. You can send it by email so as not to clutter up the message board.


Jim Burton
Nike's run narrowShelley
Jun 4, 2001 11:24 AM
They have a tendancy to be a bit narrow & usually come in smaller sizes. The Gabuche Due Road Shoes are on sale at for about $30.00 and are in small sizes, depending on what you need.

As far as shorts, I have seen sometimes women's shorts that are sometimes called "shorties". They ususally have a smaller inseam than regular shorts. I have seen them at places such as performance, colorado cyclist, excel sports, etc.

Hope that helps
re: Good Shoes for Narrow Feet and Shorts for Small Peoplesamcat
Jun 4, 2001 11:29 AM
You might look at both the Louis Garneau and the better grade Performance stuff . I'm 5'6", and their shorts and bibs both fit me well, though the Performance shorts/bibs do come to lower-mid thigh...which is actually a benefit when you're wearing leg or knee warmers.

Colorado Cyclist's new jerseys are also a great fit...

No offense, but I beg to differ. Or maybe I'm just TOO short.boy nigel
Jun 4, 2001 2:41 PM
First of all, I'm 5'5 (maybe 5'4-1/2) with a 28-29" inseam. I've tried the Performance Elite bibs; nicely made bibs, but they came down to my knees, so I had to return them. I've tried Colorado Cyclist's bibs as well--same problem. I'm a tough fit, though, because I tend to like my shorts about 2/3 the way to my knee. I've also had to return Pearl Izumi's Microsensor bibs of this year. Last year, they goofed in the sewing of them and made the leg length about an inch shorter. This year, they also do something funny with their stitching which makes them PULL a bit across the upper-thigh and groin area; bad idea, I think--just not comfortable to me.

I also tried CC's new jerseys (the Coolmax Alta). Great jersey, nice fit, good material, and a nice, long zipper. BUT, it rode on my seat in the back, especially when I put anything in the pockets. Looked pretty silly, and I promptly sent it back.

It seems that, unless you're 120 pounds, short guys have a VERY tough time getting cycling clothing to really fit properly. This has always surprised me, since so many cyclists (especially in the pro ranks) are considered "short" (being under 5'8). Go figure. I'd guess that Euro-cut stuff would be smaller than American-cut stuff. An avenue you might want to try (and one that I'm venturing down presently).

Good luck, and keep searching. Sorry I can't help with shoe suggestions--my feet are a "normal" width, at least. (Whew!)


Vittoria ShoesStewK
Jun 4, 2001 12:24 PM
I have a pair of Vittoria's that fit my narrow feet fairly well. I would also consider Look shoes. They're considerably less expensive and seem to run as narrow as Vittoria. I can't buy them because my feet are too long.
Ditto on the VittoriasMel Erickson
Jun 5, 2001 8:25 AM
I have a large (47) narrow foot. I frequently have problems with slipping heals because of a narrow heal too. The Vittorias fit me like a glove. I got a great buy on their top of the line shoe (Raider) before they stated putting the El Pirata logo on them. Nothing particularly against Pantani but that logo is lame. They are very light and cool, too. Stiffness is top notch. Good pair of shoes.
re: Sidi's for the feet and Exte-Ondo's for the a$#TC
Jun 4, 2001 1:56 PM
Sidi shoes fit a narrow foot real good. If for some reason that the inserts that come with the sidi's still don't give you a good fit then take them out and order you a pair of Superfeet inserts. They will take up that little bit of extra room that the inserts don't take up. The inserts also have a molded underpiece that gives you some added power on your upstroke.

Exte-Ondo shorts run small as far as the leg length. w.bullteksports or carry these. I think that w.worldcycling might carry also. Great shorts !!

DMT shoes tend to fit the narrow foot as well.