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Another Shoe Question(5 posts)

Another Shoe Questionsnapdragen
Sep 25, 2002 4:54 PM
Would someone be kind enought to tell me how to get a proper fit in road shoes?

I decided my old MTB shoes have seen better days, and ordered some Specialized road shoes (Women's Comp) With the size 37's I could feel my toes at the end of the shoe, so I exchanged them for 38's. Now my foot slips. They don't come in 1/2 sizes, so am I SOL or should my foot move around?

Any other suggestions on shoes for women?
re: Another Shoe Questionjtolleson
Sep 25, 2002 5:23 PM
Try a different manufacturer. The last of a shoe, the roominess of a toe box, etc. can all simply vary from one company to the next, even making shoes that are supposedly a certain size feel very, very different. Also, many other manufacturers do come in half-sizes. Other option is to get out of the women's specific shoes.
re: Another Shoe QuestionHigh Gear
Sep 25, 2002 6:15 PM
I would go with another brand that has half sizes. Sidi makes a womans shoe. If you already used the 38's and can't bring tham back, try selling them in the classified section of this sight. You could also go to a shoe maker and have them make a 3/16 hard incert to take up some room. I say hard because you don't want it to compress. One of my feet are smaller than the other and had this same thing made for me, so I know it can be done. The stuff looks like a hard flexable rubbery plastic thing. Good Luck
re: Another Shoe QuestionGMS
Sep 26, 2002 4:51 AM
It depends what you mean by move around. Your heel is a lot more likely to slip on a road shoe than a street shoe, when walking, because the sole is so much more stiff. Instead of bending with your foot when you walk, part of your foot comes off of the sole. Your heel should not be slopping around, but it is normal for the stiff sole to want to pull the shoe away from your foot. Socks can make as much of a difference here as anything.

If you are swimming around in there, side to side, or your foot can move front to back while inside the shoe, then it is likely too big. Shoes are pretty adjustable. You may be able to cinch the straps down more.

For what it's worth, I can feel the toes at the end of my shoe when I first put them on, but after I strap everything down properly, everything is snugly comfortable.

Sidi recommends trying on shoes for a half hour because the fit feels different after the fabric warms up. It's possible that something that feels too small, initially, will feel snug and comfortable in half an hour.

As far as women's shoes, I'm not sure. Do most companies define women's shoes as narrower? Regardless, shoes vary by brand as much as they vary by gender. There are plenty of "Men's" road shoes that don't fit me at all. It takes me about 5 minutes to squeeze myself into the correct size Nike shoe because of my high instep. If I try on a Nike that is easy to get into, I swim around in there because it is too big.

Anyway, Sidi does have women's shoes. They also have narrow shoes, and normal shoes, wide shoes, and half sizes. In fact, the number of permutations of Sidi sizes is staggering and almost scary. If you are lucky enough to be able to try them all on, you'll find something that fits.

Good luck.
re: Another Shoe QuestionIan
Sep 26, 2002 5:40 AM
If the Specialized shoes do not fit, find a different brand. Shimano, Sidi, Carnac, etc, they will all fit a little bit different. Some brands will have half sizes.

The women's Sidi line differs from the men's in two ways. The heel cup is more narrow than on a men's of the same size. And the way the top of the shoe slopes is different. On a men's it is fairly straight, on a women's it is more curved.