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Any of you guys wear women's shoes?(10 posts)

Any of you guys wear women's shoes?Matno
May 5, 2003 12:17 PM
(As if that's not begging for smart alec replies...)

But seriously folks, I'm curious. I have pretty narrow feet for a guy, and I know I'm not the only one. Far as I can tell, women's shoes are only different in that they are narrower. (According to Sidi's very "helpful" website: "The upper is specifically sculpted in order to accommodate the unique shape of a woman's foot. There is a woman's specific heel cup. There is a woman's specific last." This on their FAQ board in answer to the question: "How is a Sidi Lady shoe different?" Gee thanks. Now I know they're "woman's specific.")

Nobody seems to offer actual measurement differences between the "male" and "female" versions of the shoes. I'm guessing that they're just narrower all around, but if anybody has any experience in this area (particularly for Sidi's), I'd like to hear about it. All I know is that my wife's feet are wider than mine (and hers aren't particularly wide) and I always have a hard time cinching my laces/straps down tight enough to prevent sliding. Fortunately, Sidi makes women's shoes in the same colors as the men's...

Oh, and I KNOW I should just go try some on, but I don't have a Sidi dealer anywhere close enough to me. The only bike shoes I know of to try on in my area are Cannondale (which I already have) and Nike (which are too ugly to wear in public - at least the models they carry here). In other brands I wear a 42, but I don't know how Sidi's compare...
Black pumps for formal ocassions :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
May 5, 2003 12:23 PM
only on saturday nights...JS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 12:29 PM

the nike cycling shoes (i've used the gabuche due, and also a pair of mtb shoes) have a narrower fit around the arch/top of the foot, and an oddly shaped toe box, IMHO. i wore a 46 in both pairs of nike shoes, and wear a 46 in sidi genius 4s. during fitting, i did try the 46.5, and the 46 mega, if i recall correctly, and they were both too large.

btw, i whole-heartedly recommend sidi. well made, so far.
I agree with the Sidi's...PEDDLEFOOT
May 5, 2003 12:33 PM
I have a very narrow foot and the Sidi's were the only brand that fit me.I've been wearing them for several years with no complaints.
So are you talking about...Matno
May 5, 2003 1:39 PM
...regular Sidi's? I know they make a wider version, but is their normal version narrow or is there a special narrow version? I wish somebody knew how the men's and women's compare to each other... I see women's Sidi's for sale all over the web, but I haven't noticed any "narrow" fitting shoes (or at least not advertised as such). My feet are so narrow that even my small hands can wrap almost all the way around my instep (although they can't reach my brake levers!)
Nike used the wrong foot model -- way too narrow nmelviento
May 5, 2003 1:52 PM
Brand for narrow width fit.mainframe
May 5, 2003 12:33 PM
I have two pairs of Addidas road shoes: the TT Road pattern from 2001 and the Frosco pattern new for 2003. Both fit this shallow / narrow foot beautifully!
I have Genius 4's in narrow widthbcm119
May 5, 2003 1:00 PM
I have narrow, low-volume feet, and the Genius 4 NARROW width fits me well. All I can tell you is that the normal width was way too wide for me in the same size. The narrow really is narrow. For brand specific sizing, check the chart on Colorado Cyclists website (under resources or something) and choose a size. Order from somewhere that allows returns. Bike shops seem to not know about the special narrow width, or won't order them unless you promise to buy them, since they're hard to sell.
re: Any of you guys wear women's shoes?Fender
May 6, 2003 8:06 AM
Try Pearl Izumi shoes. I too have narrow feet, and they just hug your feet. Never tried Sidi, but have used Nike, Specialized, Lake and Shimano.
Well, I took a gamble...Matno
May 6, 2003 11:32 AM
Got some brand new 2003 Sidi Wonder 4's off of eBay this morning. They're the European version of the women's Dominator 4 (in a cooler color). If they don't work out, I'm sure I can sell them for at least as much as I paid for them ($66). If it works out (or not), I'll post my impressions.