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Quickie Poll - Shoe Contemplations(21 posts)

Quickie Poll - Shoe ContemplationsKristin
Oct 12, 2001 12:41 PM
My hour is near and I have completely forgotten to post this. My bike fit appt. is tonight. I suspect I may be placing new shoes/pedals on lay-a-way. Delias post about pedals was great, and I have no questions there. But shoes... What things should I take into consideration with regard to road shoes? Besides size of course! Although...loose better? ...or tight better?
re: Quickie Poll - Shoe ContemplationsLI Biker
Oct 12, 2001 12:44 PM
Seriously -- Be sure to allow a little room in the toe area. Your feet swell a bit when they are hot.
I say, Good and snug, keep foot from moving around (nm)vanzutas
Oct 12, 2001 12:45 PM
1 vote for snug / 1 for loose. Can I get a tie breaker? (nm)Kristin
Oct 12, 2001 12:48 PM
1 vote for snug / 1 for loose. Can I get a tie breaker? (nm)LI Biker
Oct 12, 2001 12:50 PM
My comment was not loose, just allow a bit of extra room in the toe area.
Okay, technically speaking loose should really beSpinchick
Oct 12, 2001 12:53 PM
just "roomy" but not so much your foot is sliding around.
New Lakes - loose, excellent. Old shoes snug- not good.Spinchick
Oct 12, 2001 12:51 PM
I have really felt more comfortable with a little extra room. Plus if you'll be wearing heavier socks you'll be happier.
I am no expert. but I have found...vanzutas
Oct 12, 2001 1:03 PM
that using the heavier socks argument to say they fit is very dangerous I have done it too many times. I just don't like my feet moving around in my shoes because you are pushing down then pulling up and pusing forward and pulling back 80+ times a minute. that gives a lot of opportunity for blisters. but hey feet do swell. but then again it will be the end of the day when you try them on so they are swollen already right. and if I change my stance one more time I think I should be shot. but then again maybe not.

I am definetely no expert and not a good shot soSpinchick
Oct 12, 2001 1:13 PM
don't worry!

After having ridden all summer with shoes that were "snug" (upon recommendation from LBS), I had to give them up for new. I found my feet would end up feeling numb after only an hour or so of riding. They were the size I normally wear in athletic shoes. I've had the Lakes (new women's model - this year) for a month now, I notice a HUGE difference. They are not so "loose" so that my feet are moving around in them. But I am able to wiggle my toes. I have ridden several 3+ hour rides and never had blisters or numbness. This may be one of those subjective things and this is my HO.
AdjustableLI Biker
Oct 12, 2001 12:58 PM
Shoes today are almost infinitely adjustable as to width just past (behind) the toe.
re: Quickie Poll - Shoe ContemplationsJs Haiku Shop
Oct 12, 2001 1:11 PM
roomy toe box, toes not touching front of shoe EVER (quoting Do[u]g), fit later in day due to foot swelling (you're alredy doing that). wear the socks you'd wear riding.

also, if getting a good price, or if you can find the same shoes online for a second pair purchase, consider buying a second pair 1/2 to 1 full size larger, for wear in winter with larger/2 pairs socks.

just mho.
re: Quickie Poll - Shoe ContemplationsSkunkWorks
Oct 12, 2001 1:36 PM
I would look for a shoe that has three straps so tht you can cutomize the fit depending on how hot or long you are riding. The length of your foot will not really change as much as the width as they swell or the thickness of your socks vary. It does not really matter if the straps are velcro or ratchets, but I would stay away from laces.
Oct 12, 2001 2:05 PM
will allow for swelling in the summer / during long rides,
and will let you wear extra socks when the weather turns cool.
ComfortableMel Erickson
Oct 12, 2001 2:26 PM
How do you like your street shoes? Your bike shoes should fit similarly. I prefer a snug heal and a roomy toe box. A slipping heal is a sure receipe for trouble. The mid foot area should be snug enough so your foot doesn't move around but loose/adjustable enough to compensate for foot size changes during a ride. I have a large but narrow foot and heel with BIG toes so YMMV.
Oct 12, 2001 5:12 PM
I based my purchase on fit and comfort, price being third.
They should feel comfortable when you first try them on just like a pair of street shoes. I wouldn't recommend too snug as feet swell when you ride. Velcro straps make it possible to adjust the fit. Sometimes I cinch them up real tight, on other days I don't mess with them. You might consider some booties with your purchase also as we are approaching winter. If you cover your shoes your feet will stay warmer and it will stretch the longevity of your shoes as they won't be exposed to the elements. I might add that I wear orthotics, I also had to find a shoe that was wide enough to accomodate them. I went with Northwaves, but everyone's feet are different, sort of like selecting a saddle. I suggest you purchase what feels comfortable and take you time and try a bunch on for comparison.
If tight, make sure they can stretchElefantino
Oct 12, 2001 2:56 PM
My second pair of Specialized comps were just like the first: Tight in the beginning, then more comfortable as I road them more. Leather shoes stretch; the mesh ones don't seem to.
Try Carnacs! (aka Lots-of-cashnacs)DavidS
Oct 12, 2001 3:42 PM
Carnc Ellipse: Wide toebox, width very adjustable via 3 straps, very stiff, well made, very pricey, but worth it for me. Accept SPD, Speedplay, Time, Look via insert. Good shoes. Fit them snug, but not tight, at the end of the day, with your riding socks on.
snug with a little wiggle room for toesBirddog
Oct 12, 2001 7:18 PM
not too tightfiltersweep
Oct 13, 2001 6:52 AM
... upon the mis-advice of my LBS who "sold me short" I'm selling a pair of SIDIs on ebay- they are simply too small (they run small to begin with). On one hand cycling socks are very thin, but if your toes feel the end of the shoes, you will be miserable. Another thing is sole flex- the more flexible, the more comfortable (at the price of power- but on a LONG ride, comfort reigns over power). For winter riding, I find it best to wear something over the shoe, rather than thicker socks (or two pairs). If you have good pedaling form, a little room in the toe shouldn't be a problem.
re: Quickie Poll - Shoe Contemplationsmorey
Oct 15, 2001 6:10 AM
I use Sidi Energy shoes. I have found that too snug a fit puts my feet to sleep, very uncomfortable.
My .02look271
Oct 15, 2001 6:23 AM
I agree with alot of the posters. Snug but not tight. My new Looks are nice and snug in the heel/forefoot area; room enough for me to wiggle my toes. Worst thing to have is your feet moving around in the shoe. I've gone with "cheap" shoes in the past. Don't do it. Sure, look for the best price, but find a pair that are nice and stiff and made well. Carnacs, Sidi, upper end Shimano and Specialized come to mind, as well as Diadora and Time. For WIW, I found the Look ap376 to fit me great and they're light and stiff. Surely you will be able to find something suitable out of these!