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Good road shoe for flat, narrow foot(14 posts)

Good road shoe for flat, narrow footBergMann
Feb 23, 2003 10:14 AM
After years of riding MTB shoes with SPDs & Eggbeaters on the road bike, I'm ready to go back to a stiffer, road-dedicated shoe.

Any suggestions for a good mid to high-end shoe for my type of foot (size 45-6, AA width, _no_ arch)?

I use custom orthotics, which have helped take some of the volume out of the Shimano & Lake MTB shoes I've been riding.

SPD compatible soles or adapters would be nice -- I want to try my Egg-beater pedals with Crank Bros road cleats as a first step.
I got a narrow foot and have been diggin on the new nike nmthe bull
Feb 23, 2003 1:25 PM
ditto on nikecyclopathic
Feb 23, 2003 4:40 PM
I have wider feet and those had been the narrowest mousetraps I ever bought. I got them 80% off and I still think I paid too much :(
NikeAndy M-S
Feb 24, 2003 8:15 AM
I have some cheap Nikes (Gabuche Due) that I picked up a couple of years ago, and they fit my 13b, flattish feet very well...HOWEVER.

I've recently been wearing some Specialized shoes, and they are even more comfortable.
Sidi Ergo 1 CarbonBixe
Feb 23, 2003 3:04 PM
After years in Diadoras and Carnac Legend and Ellipse, my size 46 narrow feet give two big toes up for these Sidis. They fit quite nicely and are quite adaptable size-wise. They spread the pressure across the foot very well (even w/ Speedplays) and are the lightest shoe I've ever spun up the hill. The bolt pattern is Look; Sidi has available adaptors for SPD-R and Time cleats. Shown below complete with worn Speedplay cleats and a couple thousand miles of wear.
Sidi Ergo 1 Carbonrogue_CT1
Feb 23, 2003 3:33 PM
Where did you get those? I've been looking for them, how much were they?
Sidi Ergo 1 CarbonBixe
Feb 23, 2003 6:27 PM
Last Q? first: Sidi MSRP is $340, @ both CC and Excel for $320.

The LBS gave me a
i huge
break on the price....
Feb 24, 2003 5:29 AM
The Sidi MSRP is $319.99. The bolt pattern on this shoe is traditional 3-bolt Look, there are no adapters available for SPD or SPD-R. However, Speedplay will fit with a small increase in stack height, and the new Time Impact and new Shimano pedal both use a Look 3-bolt pattern.

Feb 24, 2003 7:05 AM
...For straightening that up. The Speedplay cleats have flat bases and are shipped with shims to compensate for various sole curvatures with no increase in stack height. The adaptors mentioned are for Genius shoes....

I have narrow feet, NO arches...SnowBlind
Feb 23, 2003 3:43 PM
and I am doing well with the Sidi Genius 3 size 48 (Big feet big ... stem?), with custom orthotics as well. The very flat bottom of the shoe works well with the orthotics.
same heretarwheel
Feb 24, 2003 4:57 AM
I also have narrow, flat feet and the Sidi Genius work great for me. I also wear orthotics, and they fit fine once you remove the insole. I've been using Superfeet inserts in mine, rather than my orthotics. The orthotics or inserts actually make the Sidis fit better, for me, because otherwise I would have to cinch them down almost the whole way. You can get great deals on Sidi Genius at, if you know your size and don't mind ordering overseas.
Import duties? / Anyone tried the 2003 Genius Narrow?BergMann
Feb 24, 2003 8:00 AM
Thanks for the tip - good way to save $80 bucks. Does anyone know how much customs will be if I get dutied?

Also, I noticed that Sidi has a narrow version of the Genius out now. Anyone tried it yet?
Import duties? / Anyone tried the 2003 Genius Narrow?tarwheel
Feb 24, 2003 11:49 AM
I don't think there are any import duties on shoes from totalcycling, but shipping is $20 flat rate. If you order some tires while your're at it (and their prices are great), the shipping costs would be nominal.

I haven't tried the narrow version of the Genius, but Sidis run on the narrow side already. My feet are about 11B and the regular Sidis fit me fine, as long as I'm using inserts. Before I got the Sidis, I tried some Lake shoes and they were even narrower -- so much that I had to return them because they made my feet go numb. Fortunately, I bought the Lake shoes at Performance, so returning them wasn't an issue. I went ahead and bought my Sidis from Performance for that reason, because they are one of the few places that allow you to return shoes if they don't fit.
Import duties? / Anyone tried the 2003 Genius Narrow?bcm119
Feb 24, 2003 11:58 AM
I just got the Genius 4 "narrow" version, and I love them. I knew I needed the narrow version because I tried on the regulars and the ratcheting arch strap wouldn't get tight enough. I have very narrow, low-volume feet and they fit nicely. I wouldn't recommend them unless you have really narrow feet though, they would kill a normal proportioned foot.
BTW, I don't think the narrow version is available through Total Cycling- I emailed them about a month ago and they said it must only be a US thing.