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good shoe for low volume (read: not narrow) feet(4 posts)

good shoe for low volume (read: not narrow) feetmaurizio
Nov 3, 2003 10:37 AM
I can't seem to find a shoe that fits correctly. My carnacs straps hang off about 3 or so inches.
I've tried SIDI, DMT, Garne and the like, but I can't get the shoe tight enough. The ratcheting buckle always hits it's max before the shoe is tight enough.
Any recommendations? How about Northwaves? My foot is not necessarily narrow as much as it is low-volume (in shoe last speak).
re: good shoe for low volume (read: not narrow) feetTomS
Nov 3, 2003 11:51 AM
Have you tried a footbed, like superfeet? I have a similar problem, and I use sidi's with superfeet and it works pretty well. It takes up a little extra space, and holds your foot in the right spot so things fit better. I've found that even a dr. scholl's kind of thing will help fill in the space.

I also have a heck of a time finding snowboard boots that fit correctly, if they fit around my foot they are too short and my toes get crunched and literally bruised; but if my toes are in the right spot, I can't get them snug anywhere else and they feel sloppy.
re: good shoe for low volume (read: not narrow) feetHouseMoney
Nov 3, 2003 4:19 PM
Which Sidi did you try? The Genius 4 has an adjustable arch compression strap that can be shortened so the ratcheting buckle doesn't bottom out. If even this is not snug enough, the Genius 4 also comes in a narrow last. Most shops carry only the regular & mega, so you'd probably have to special order the narrow model.

Northwaves are wider than Sidi, so they wouldn't be the answer. I haven't tried Nike shoes lately, but the ones I tried a couple of years ago were low volume. The other option is putting in a thicker (& better quality) footbed to take up some of the excess volume and stabilize your foot.
Shimano shoesdgangi
Nov 3, 2003 5:20 PM
I have a similar shape foot - wide at the front, but narrow in the back. And my foot is also "low volume". I equate it to a duck's foot.

My problem is finding shoes that are not too narrow or too tall. Typically if a shoe fits me width-wise in the front, it is either too tall in the toe box (so my foot flaps up and down) or too wide in the heel (so my heel slids around).

Shimano shoes seem to fit me pretty well. They are just barely wide enough to fit my foot, but the heel is narrow and the toe box is short. You might look into Shimano shoes as well...