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need shoe recommendations(12 posts)

need shoe recommendationsvmj
Sep 17, 2001 3:57 PM
I can't seem to find shoes that fit well; and am looking for suggestions.

I've tried:
Sidi Genius 3 (too narrow)
Sidi Genius 3 Mega (too wide)
Shimano R122 (almost a good fit; a tiny bit narrow, or maybe the footbed was a weird shape)
Nike (too narrow)

So it seems that the shoes left to try are :
Carnac (reported wide toe box sounds good, if it's in between Sidi and Sidi Mega)
Specialized (?)
Northwave (?)

Any suggestions based on what _doesn't_ fit me?

Try Look or Carnaclook271
Sep 17, 2001 4:48 PM
I just got a pair of Look ap376 (?) from supergo. Fit me great. I have normal to wide feet and the toe-box fits like a glove. Only problem is they're a PITA to get on. However, once they're on. they are great. Light,too. I also tried Carnac quartz. They were a wee bit too narrow at the toe. Big $$$$ too.
Northwave's your best bet.Highgear
Sep 17, 2001 4:49 PM
I fit into the sidi on the snug side and the Northwaves are just a little wider and fit very well to my feet. Sounds like they would fit you too. I think Nashbar or Performance has the midrange Northwave's on sale right now.
Better IdeaJoeSlow
Sep 17, 2001 7:17 PM
You can bring your shoes to a shoemaker and have the toe box streched out. I had some shoes that made my toes go numb after about 30 miles or so i was gunna buy new shoes with a wider toe box but a friend told me to bring them to a shoemaker and get them streched...since then I have had no yourself the money and get them only costs a few bucks...its worth a shot
re: need shoe recommendationstr
Sep 17, 2001 8:12 PM
You missed one road shoe that i think is similar to Carnac in quality and is in between carnac and sidi, that is the time shoe that a lot of pros wear. I have times,carnacs, and sidis and i think you will find the time to be close to what you are looking for, i think in width it is in between sidi and carnac. Try a pair!!
Maybe it's not the shoes.Elefantino
Sep 18, 2001 12:27 AM
Maybe it's your foot. Some of my buddies have similar problems, it would appear, and they solved their dilemma with orthotics. Worth a try for you, too.
I think you mean insolesjtolleson
Sep 18, 2001 1:07 PM
Orthotics are true medical devices for screwed up feet like mine. If you just want a little fit help plus shock absorption, insoles are your bet.

The problem being described here doesn't sound like an insole issue to me, though.

Those Sidi Megas are mighty wide! You may actually want to try the regular shoe but in an upgraded model like the Energy or the Action. The width adjustment on it (not just one buckle) is awesome.
re: need shoe recommendationsraboboy
Sep 18, 2001 5:11 AM
I have a pair of specialized that fit quite well and my feet are fairly wide.
Sep 18, 2001 10:37 AM
I love Diadora shoes, own both mtn. and road versions in their lower end models. I have moderately wide feet and they fit well. Performance carries several in their line.
Diadora -- really? I used them for a little while, but theybill
Sep 18, 2001 2:11 PM
were narrow for me. I now have Sidi's (Shadows -- bought last year on closeout; you can still find them online pretty cheap) that are actually a tad big but fit pretty well with an insole. I think Northwave is probably a good call for semi-wide feet -- I tried on one pair that actually were a bit small in the only size then available to me, but the proportions seemed better than the Sidi shoes (fit really well w/o socks; with socks, they were just too small). My next shoe, I think, will be Northwave. I wanted to like Carnacs because of the leather, but they didn't feel quite right.
Sep 18, 2001 2:34 PM
Sidi Genius 3 is too narrow and the Mega is to wide? C'mon, your'e pulling our leg, right? Given that one runs a D width and the other an E this makes you one choosey mother.
I'm seriousvmj
Sep 18, 2001 3:16 PM
I'm completely serious...and anyway, the Mega is EE, not E and I seriously doubt that the standard is D. Wouldn't D be an average width? I've never had a problem with the fit of normal shoes or sneakers; but the regular Genius 3 was way too narrow.