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Shopping for Shoes(9 posts)

Shopping for ShoesNuovo
Mar 7, 2002 4:11 PM
Nothing is more frustrating.

I'm on the horns of a dilemma: I have tried a whole lot of different shoes, and I'm down to two models, Sidi Genius 4 and Shimano SH-R150. They both fit equally well, they're about the same price and I like their aesthetics equally. I wish I cuold test ride them, but that's not possible. So does anyone who has experience with either shoe [or both] have any suggestions of which to buy?

Which would you buy? Why?
re: Shopping for Shoesmerckx56
Mar 7, 2002 4:52 PM
I tried both and eventually bought the shimanos. the toe box seemed to have more room than the sidis. the carbon sole is freakishly stiff too! the are very stiff overall, but once you ride them for a couple of weeks, they will brake in nicely! pricepoint has the old (blue) shimano r-150 shoes on closeout for @$90! if you don't mind the color...
Shimano SH-R150ET
Mar 8, 2002 8:23 AM
Is this shoe good as an all-purpose road shoe? I'm particularly interested in it because it comes in 46.5, I believe something new for Shimano and a rarety overall. (I'm one of those unfortunates to fall in the range where half-sizes just end). The CC catalog makes it sound ("high-performance sport and competition") like it's a racing-specific shoe. Not to say you'll get shot if you use it for slower training, it's just that sometimes buzz words like that suggest they're super-stiff toecrushers.
Shimano SH-R150merckx56
Mar 8, 2002 9:45 AM
I wear a 46 and the fit is great. i did put some orthotics in them though! if the shoe fits well and you like the style, who really cares what the catalogs, and others, say?
i liked the shoes because they fit well and they were a deal. i don't care what the guys i ride with have to say about my bike, shoes, etc!
the carbon sole does make them very stiff, but you will find that the fact they are stiff will be to your advantage for power transfer.
I ride alot and race pretty regularly and use the shimanos for everything! i had the same fit problem you have. sidis don't go to 46.5 and 47 was too big. shimano 46 sizing corresponds to a us12. i wear a 12 in nike and new balance and the 46 fits fine!
I had a pair of diadora shoes that were silver and yellow a while back. a couple of guys i rode with gave me a ration of sh!t for the colors. i asked them if they liked the heels, since that's all they'd be seeing!
Shimano SH-R150ET
Mar 8, 2002 10:37 AM
Thanks! Very helpful. I take it you're saying the 150 is fine for long rides and you have no hot spots. A few more questions.

I'm the same size as you (12). I have a narrow heel but wider forefoot. I currently have a Shimano 47 road shoe I use for my road bike (with Speedplays) which fits and works pretty good (no hot spots!) but is a little high at the instep and a drop wide at the heel, but the velcro straps compensate OK for this. I also have a cheaper 46 Shimano road shoe I use for my hybrid (clips and straps), which maybe is a tad tight in the toebox in an ideal world. Just got orthotics which I'll probably have to use when cycling, but it may depend on the shoe (funny, but I get heel pain after a ride only in the 46 model--the RO72, but not in the 47, which is a higher-quality shoe, in case that matters). Stuck the orthotics in the 46 and didn't have heel pain after the ride, but the fit was a bit too tight. Slipped them in the 47 for size and it still felt a tad big. Hence the interest in the 46.5. My questions:

What's the toebox fit like in the R150?

How compatible is the 150 with Speedplays?

Thanks so much.
Shimano SH-R150merckx56
Mar 8, 2002 2:02 PM
I found the toebox in the 150 to be very roomy. my foot is a normal "d" width, so i have plenty of wiggle room. i am cursed with your problem as well, narrow heels. as for orthotics, i use superfeet and swear by them. i know people will respond to use this, that, or the other, but i got turned on to them about 4 years ago, and everyone i've told, loves them!
if i'm not mistaken, don't speedplays mount in the existing look holes on the bottom of a shoe? the shoes come with a spd-r plate installed. they give you a look/speedplay plate in the box. just cut and pull up the part of the shoe under in insole, and the new plate pops right in. it sounds like a hassle, but it only takes a few minutes and doesn't effect the integrity of the shoe!
i just rode 52 miles in mine and my feet feel great. i've never had hotspots in these shoes. just be careful walking in them. you don't want to damage the sole and the sole is slick as poopy!
Shimano SH-R150weiwentg
Mar 9, 2002 5:38 AM
what Merckx says is correct. I have gone on longer rides (with my Speedplays mounted) without discomfort. mounting the Speedplays is just as he described.
re: Shopping for Shoesmixinbeatz
Mar 8, 2002 8:40 AM
I have some Genius 3's and am very happy with them. They are stiff enough and are very comfortable. I bought these over shimano shoes(that were even on sale) cause they work really dandy with speedplay's and adapters are available for most all other modern pedal systems. Italians really know how to make cycling shoes, I have hear gucci even makes a model.
re: Shopping for Shoesroadieintx
Mar 9, 2002 11:51 AM
When it comes to road shoes, the 3 most important issues are 1)fit, 2)fit, and 3)fit. Even the most minor fit problems will be magnified over a period many hours in the saddle. If a commercially available model satisfies your needs, great. If not, spend the extra bucks and have shoes custom made from a casting of your feet. As a bonus, there are some very light custom shoes available (think rotational inertia). You, your bike, your pedals, and your shoes are part of an integrated system. For many cyclists, shoes are an afterthought; they shouldn't be!