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Help me find new shoes, please(6 posts)

Help me find new shoes, pleasejc66502
Jul 8, 2002 3:38 PM
I'm in the market for new shoes. But, I live in a college town with one bike shop that's more of an outdoors/hiking store than anything. So trying on a variety of shoes is difficult.

For the past five/six years I've worn a pair of Carnac Virenque Replica. Good shoe and a decent fit but they are wearing out. The velcro doesn't velcro like it once did and they are generally just earing out.

I ride about 200 miles a week, fairly quick but I left my racing days behind after college.

I wear size 9.5 Nike Air Pegasus running shoes, which fit very well. My current Carnacs are size 42 and a bit snug in the toe box. I'd like a stiff, light well ventilated shoe. I'd like to spend under $200, and I'm not a fan of the multi-colored Euro-style shoes.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

re: Help me find new shoes, pleasejtolleson
Jul 8, 2002 3:53 PM
Assuming that the Carnacs of 5-6 years ago were on a similar last to today's, I'm assuming you've got a pretty wide forefoot. You can get a roomy toebox in both Northwave and Pearl Izumi.

Folks may also steer you toward the Sidi megas, but I find them TOO wide, particularly in the heel. They just took the entire shoe and "super sized" it as far as I can tell... it didn't work for me.
Speaking of SIDI Megas....GreenFan
Jul 8, 2002 5:52 PM
I love them...I'm unable to wear a "normal" width shoe because invariably either the shoe blows apart or I get really bad corns and callouses. I agree that the heel is a bit wider than I would normally like in a walking shoe, but then again if I'm walking in these, there is something VERY wrong. I have found that the tiny bit of extra room allows me to wear a slightly thicker (more comfortable) sock, smartwool being my favorite. Hope my two cents helps even a little bit...btw...the SIDI Megas are only available in black so you don't have to worry about Euro colors...I've also found their buckles to be very effective and lasting. Good luck
re: Help me find new shoes, pleaseMVN
Jul 8, 2002 7:24 PM
I have a pair of SIDI Genius 4 megas in silver lorica with black mesh. Best purchase I ever made bike-wise (well, those AND a good saddle). I love them, and for what it's worth I don't find them too wide in the heel. I have a wide forefoot and a narrow heel, and they fit fine. Hope that helps.
re: Help me find new shoes, pleasengrafs
Jul 8, 2002 8:11 PM
There are some very good shoes at about $100. If you want a shoe that has a wide toe box try the Specialized Comp Road. I find that this shoe fits a wide variety of people and it incorporates most of the fit, finish, and features of the Pro Road at 2/3 the price. A tip on fit would be to go to a shoe store and be measured on a Branock device. A fairly accurate conversion from U.S. to European sizes can be found at
re: Why not Carnac's again?JL
Jul 9, 2002 4:23 AM
I bought a pair because the "normal" Sidi's were too narrow and I couldn't find Sidi Mega's to try on. The Carnac's I found had the wide forefoot I needed with a decent narrow heel. They don't seem too multicolored either (Black/Silver/Yellow). The Comete's I bought were $179 at my LBS. You can find decent deals online too.

Happy riding.