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Newbie Shoe-Fit Question: Loose Toe-Area(12 posts)

Newbie Shoe-Fit Question: Loose Toe-Areatimfire
Jan 8, 2002 11:30 AM
I have a newbie shoe fit question. I'm currently shopping for my first pair of cycling shoes. I found a pair I like, but the toe area is really loose. I don't have a problem getting the mid-section/ arch-section tight, but the toe area is a little loose feeling. I tried a size smaller and its too tight.

Is this a fit issue I should worry about, or should I go ahead with this shoe I otherwise like?

--Timothy Kleinert
I like my bike shoes 1 European size smaller than running shoesAlexR
Jan 8, 2002 11:51 AM
My Carnacs are nice and snug, and comfortable all day. You don't need that 1/2 inch of wiggle room in the toe like you do for running shoes.

Alex
lol - we contradict each other...UncleMoe
Jan 8, 2002 11:56 AM
Oh well, I guess it is all based on personal preference. I hate snug shoes.
Perhaps you need to cut your toenails?Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 8, 2002 1:31 PM
Just kidding. Your right, this is a very subjective subject.

Alex
I go with Carnacs...gtx
Jan 8, 2002 12:06 PM
because they are so supportive they allow you to get away with that extra wiggle room. They also tend to have wider toe boxes than most other shoes (especially the Legend). In a less supportive/stiff shoe I'm not sure I'd want a loose toe box--and cheaper shoes will stretch out. But like UncleMoe said, this is totally subjective.
re: Newbie Shoe-Fit Question: Loose Toe-AreaUncleMoe
Jan 8, 2002 11:55 AM
Go with the looseness in the toe. On longer rides, you'll be happy to have a little extra room to stretch them out. As long as your heel is fairly well secured.

If the toe section is too tight, you'll pinch nerves and your toes will fall asleep.
Agree w/ UncleMoedsc
Jan 8, 2002 11:59 AM
Your feet WILL swell as the miles start piling up. As long as you don't have a lot of slop in the heel (and it sounds like you don't) definitely go for the larger size.

-Debi
Try this ...pmf1
Jan 8, 2002 12:28 PM
I have wide feet and have had luck with Carnac and with Time. I presently have two pairs of Carnac Legends. Great shoes. Years ago, I had a pair of Time shoes that were quite comfy too. For a lot less money than Carnac, Performance is closing out Time Equipe Pro CX (or something like that) for $125. This is over $100 off retail. You might try ordering a pair and then returning them if they don't fit.
cheap Carnacsgtx
Jan 8, 2002 12:34 PM
I wouldn't order from this place unless you already have Carnacs and know exactly what size you are, but the prices are incredible.

http://xxcycle.com/
you need a little wiggle roomgrandemamou
Jan 8, 2002 12:35 PM
for the toes, or at least I do. I like having the ability to move around a little to remove the preassure on long rides. As long as the rest of the shoe is snug try it out.

Shoes and saddles are highly personal items. Every one is shaped a little different so there is no "best" answer. Unfortunately it is usually trial and error. FWIW I prefer Carnacs or Northwaves nice and stiff with decent size toe boxes.
re: Newbie Shoe-Fit Question: Loose Toe-AreaIan
Jan 8, 2002 4:07 PM
Unlike most others, I don't like for any part of my foot to move around. I like a snug fit. A couple of years ago, when my first pair of road shoes wore out, I set out to find the best pair of shoes for me. I tried; Carnac, Diadora, Northwave, Shimano, Sidi and Specialized. The Sidi's were the last ones I tried, but when I put them on my eyes rolled back in my head, I could not believe how well they fit. I was sold even though they were a terrible color. Shoes are all about fit, it does not matter what they look like. Try on all the brands, even though you may not like the looks of one and buy the pair that feels the best.
re: Insoles...jrm
Jan 9, 2002 8:56 AM
A good pair of insoles will take up some of the open space in the toe box and reduce the pressure of the midsection and prolong fatigue.