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Wide foot shoes?(13 posts)

Wide foot shoes?zeeno
Jan 27, 2003 12:47 AM
Can anybody tell me what brands and models of road shoes have a wide forefoot sizing? Thanx, Zeeno
re: Wide foot shoes?JerryZ
Jan 27, 2003 2:34 AM
I had the same question when I was shopping for my first MTB shoes. From what I'd learned, it seemed that Gaerne would fit me; also have a LBS who sells them, but had to special order. After having them for 2 years, I'd say they are a tight squeeze, but doable. I have recently been shopping for my first road shoe and finally got a pair of last year's Nike Hautacams. They fit me great! I really look forward to spring so I can start working them. I know the Poggios fit just the same also. I highly recommend the high-end Nikes. I have been recommended by the store where I ordered the Nikes that Carnacs and Sidi Megas are good wide shoes, also. Hope this helps.
re: Wide foot shoes?The Flash
Jan 27, 2003 10:40 AM
The widest I have found are either the Shimano Carbon soled shoes, which are nice and wide, but won't many cleat styles or the Specialized Body Geometry Road shoes. I use the specialized now and they fit great! Nice and wide and at a great price < $100!

re: Wide foot shoes?mapei boy
Jan 27, 2003 1:07 PM
Carnacs are supposedly famous for their wide toe box. My Carnacs are indeed wider and more comfortable than my Sidi's.
Northwave and Carnac'sboneman
Jan 27, 2003 1:40 PM
I spent 20 years suffering with what was available until Carnac came out with the Lemonds (now Legends and oh, discontinued but still available if you look). They're as advertised, wide and with a roomy toe box, and there's some height in there as well. The rest of the shoe from the beginning of your arch and back is normal. They're a bit heavy, newer version is lighter, and have plate adapters for most pedals. The older version, UCS plate, does not have a plate adapter for the newer, not newest (Lance version), SPD R Shimano pedal although there is a version for the SPD R with the model taking the UCS3 plates. I've have a pair on their 10th season, riding every day including when it's wet, and they're just fine. The cleat/shoe angle on the newer model is a bit more pronounced so you'll change your seating position to match. Only noticeable if you ride with both models. Recommended and get them while still available. FWIW, I have 3 pairs of Lemond's and one pair of Legend's as the the day of reckoning, ie no longer available, was inevitable. For my foot, the Legend is the only Carnac shoe which I would call wide. I've tried the Diagonal, the Ellipse and some other models but they're definitely less wide and with a shallower toe box.

The other shoe I recommend is the Northwave Evolution. It's been around for a shorter period than the Legends but is actually wider in the toe box but the rest of the shoe is sized normally. These babies are light and the distance from your foot to the pedal is less than the Legends. They also have plates, interfaces, dedicated for various pedals including the SPD R. These plates are either in Fibra (supposedly some sort of fiberglass) or carbon fiber. I like these shoes better than the Legends due to their weight, comfort and size in the ball and toe area.

Drawbacks versus the Legend are that the uppers, the non-mesh part, are synthetic material. It's not the stretch but if you go down, they will grind down and away although I suppose leather will as well but I've not noticed it on my Lemond's like I have on my Evolutions.

Other negatives: The plates, either material and specific pedal types, are difficult to find on a stand alone basis. In a word, and this applies both to the States and Europe (where I currently reside), their distribution sucks. Colorado Cyclist dropped them and Excel sports just today placed them on blow out. UK shops generally no longer carry them either. More bad news. According to their UK distributor I saw at the London bike show, they're going to discontinue the Evolution sole and go with the one on the Genetix. Not a bad thing unless you're a Time Equipe user. If you're not, pay no attention.

I've not tried the Sidi Mega's which I believe are only available on one line of road shoes but I've heard that they're wider on a proportional basis on the entire shoe last so that rules them out for my feet.

Good luck and buy soon given the current situation.
Northwave Evoulutions did the trick for me wide shoe (nm)abicirider
Jan 27, 2003 3:32 AM
Second Northwave (and Carnac)jtolleson
Jan 27, 2003 6:07 AM
as a resident Fred Flinstone foot, forefoot width is an issue with all my shoes (and I'm female for chris'sake! Imagine finding heels!).

I've had good luck with both Northwave and Carnac. I tried on the oft-mentioned Sidi megas, but they just felt sloppy all over (including in the heel, where I didn't need it). Depends on one's foot I guess!
Italians and Americansmass_biker
Jan 27, 2003 4:44 AM
I know Sidi makes a wider version of some of their models.

And as for shoes which are "naturally" wider, I find that Lake shoes have a last that is a touch wider.

Sidi has a Mega (wide) version of some of their shoes. (nm)Uprwstsdr
Jan 27, 2003 7:06 AM
Lake CX modelsWalter
Jan 27, 2003 8:02 AM
come in a wide forefoot. They're in some if not all of the catalogs. I've got a pair and they fit my 11.5EEE (US size) quite well. At about a $100 with straps and laces pretty reasonably priced/featured but probably a tad heavy compared to some others. (Replace the laces btw, I guess they tried to save some weight with sme really cheap ones)

Not a paid endorsement.
Jan 27, 2003 8:32 AM
I have 12EE feet and Diadora mtn. and road shoes fit my wide forefoot well. I've had several models over the years.
Jan 27, 2003 3:39 PM
second the Diadoras - I have EE feet that are a little narrower in the back and Diadoras fit well
I use Nike Poggio's and have a wide foot, they fit great -nmbenja15
Jan 27, 2003 4:04 PM