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What shoes should I get?(7 posts)

What shoes should I get?NilesFerrier
Apr 17, 2002 12:40 PM
So last month, I pulled the trigger and I bought a 2002 Litespeed Arenberg with FULL Ultegra and Mavic Ksyriums. I have a mtn bike so I have been riding with my Diadora Habenaro's.

I want to get real road shoes but the brands that I want to look at are not sold in my area. For example Sidi. If I were to buy from a place on the internet, can I just take the size off of my diadoras and buy the same ones?

The reason why I ask is a result of buying different sneakers from different manufacturers like Nike and new Balance and they aren't the same size!

thanks
re: What shoes should I get?heloise
Apr 17, 2002 5:11 PM
errr... sorry to disappoint, but like running shoes, bike shoes vary from maker to maker.

I guess your best bet would be to look for the mailorder with the most liberal return policy(and i can't help you there since i work in a shop). Your other option (if you are in the US) is to find out which shops in your area use Veltech(SIDI USA distributor) and see if they will order in a few sizes for you to try on.

Good luck.
re: What shoes should I get?Ian
Apr 17, 2002 6:35 PM
I would agree with the other post. Find a shop that will work with you on the shoes. It will be well worth it to get the correct fit.

Ian
re: What shoes should I get?manofsteel
Apr 17, 2002 8:06 PM
How about sticking with Diadora road shoes? Like the "Cosmos" model for example. If not in your area, then try mailorder/internet. I suppose that would be one option. However, I just switched from Diadora to Northwave (best fitting road shoes I've ever owned)...both 91/2's. I found the NW's to have a bigger toebox but just compensated with a beefier padded sole. Conversely, I needed thin soles for the Diadoras because they fit kind of snug. So I simply slipped in some Dr. Scholl's. Eventually the shoes will conform to your feet no matter what route you go.
re: What shoes should I get?Ian
Apr 18, 2002 6:51 AM
Well, one thing you shouldn't have to do is try many different inserts to get the shoes to fit correctly. This is just a Band-Aid fix and covering up the larger problem, which is that the shoes don't fit. With todays selection of shoes, there should be one to fit nearly every foot.

And I have to disagree with your statement, "Eventually the shoes will conform to your feet." That is not entirely correct. Back when shoes were made out of leather, the leather would stretch over time. Most of todays shoes are made out of synthetic materials, such as Lorica. If a shoe made of this material doesn't fit after having it on for 15 minutes, it won't fit 1 or 2 years down the road.

Ian
re: What shoes should I get?mmquest
Apr 17, 2002 8:50 PM
It sucks, but, yeah, you CANNOT buy shoes without trying them on. There are so many components on a bike and everyone has there opinion as to what is the best components, frames, etc. IMO, by FAR the most important piece of equipment is your shoes. If you have a great pair, you will feel like part of the bike. If you don't, you will probably never ride! I have splurged and gotten alot of really nice stuff, but my favorite are my shoes. You absolutely must try shoes on before you wear them.

BTW - after you purchase a pair, make sure you wear them around the house (on carpet!) for a few hours before riding. If they don't fit, the store should still take them back, but they might not if you have ridden in them.
DOCsRadicalRonPruitt
Apr 18, 2002 5:34 AM
Dr. Martens are very comfortable.