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Finding Shoes A Lost Cause(10 posts)

Finding Shoes A Lost Causenicholasdunford
May 4, 2003 5:33 PM
I have just spent the weekend trying on every different shoe, in every different size in Metro Phoenix. According to the internet the only shoe I haven't tried is Time and Diadora. Every shoe that fits my toes, is huge in the heal. The only thing tha even remotely fits is the Carnec Quartz, but unfortunately I don't have $260 to spend on a hope that they might be comfortable. Also the Specialized is OK, but my current mtn shoes cause such arch cramping that I can usually only last 5 miles, so again I am wary of spending over $200 on something that could do the same thing. And I really don't have $325 for custom shoes. So I was wondering, does anyone still make a half way decent cage. Its either that or return my brand new Zurich and get back on my cruiser. As you can tell I am a litte frusturated. I have a beautiful new bike that is just sitting in my room, laughing at me.
re: Finding Shoes A Lost CauseDave Hickey
May 4, 2003 5:47 PM
Have you tried Nike Poggio's? They have a little wider toe box than others I've tried. They also come in half sizes. I have the same problem you have and these fit very well. They retail for $200 but I've seen them on Ebay for $100. I haven't tried the new Poggio II's. I'm not sure if they are the shoe.
simple solution...C-40
May 4, 2003 5:58 PM
Why not try some foam inserts that wrap around the inside of the heel?

If you have this problem with good shoes like Sidis (you did try them, right?), I would think that you would have the same problem with other types of shoes also.
Yes, Try some "Molefoam". Available at any drugstore.serbski
May 5, 2003 7:19 AM
Sunglasses are the same for me...tremblay
May 4, 2003 6:00 PM
I feel the same way about sunglasses. I can try every pair, but there is something about each one that I do not like. If it doens't fit just right, I don't want them. Likewise, they have to look ok, and a particular lens tint is preferred as well.

In the end I settled for some BBB Performer sunglasses with removable lenses. They don't look exactly like I want, but they fit well and they did everything I wanted them to do. They were also a good price.
re: Finding Shoes A Lost Causeabelson
May 4, 2003 6:44 PM
Try Diadoras. I have wide feet that are narrower in the heel and Diadoras tend to work the best for me.
May 4, 2003 8:01 PM
ironically, one of the brands you haven't mentioned may very well be your solution. A fair number of bargain offerings (sub $100 and even lower on sale at places like Performance), Diadora gives a little more room in the toe box without the overall slop (esp in the heel) of some of the other brands (such as going to the Mega in Sidi).

And cheaper, too. Get thee to a Diadora dealer and keep snooping...
May 4, 2003 8:21 PM
I made my own pair of cycling shoes out of an old pair of low-top Adidas and the clip in thing and a plastic adapter, drilling two small holes in the sold and using thin-top bolts and washers to hold the cleats to the bottom of the shoes, you might try that if you can't find pre-made cycling shoes that fit.
re: Finding Shoes A Lost CausedaCaT_
May 4, 2003 8:31 PM
I feel for you. I am going through a similar problem. I have size 49 feet so it pretty much limits me to Sidi. I now have a pair but i have had to get creative with extra insoles and a similar foam strip over the arch to take up room. Those rachets are not adjustable enough to give me a real firm heal hold.

I have just found out that they make the shoe in a narrow version, so I am looking at getting those and using my current ones for the winter months when I wear wool hiking socks.
Lake or Sidi?Lone Gunman
May 5, 2003 6:10 PM
It may also be a case of not having the right insole in the shoes. Arch cramping sounds like you may have a high arch not being supported. Your shoe fit may not be as important as the insole fit.