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Big Shoes(5 posts)

Big ShoesEE33
Jan 2, 2004 7:55 AM
A friend of mine is getting into cycling and needs a pair of size 51 shoes. The issue is finding a place that has them in stock. Does anyone have an outlet for bigger shoes or a place to order what he needs?
Easier than it used to be, but...Cory
Jan 2, 2004 8:59 AM
I've worn that size since about 1970, and it's only been in the last 10 years that you could find cycling shoes anywhere. I rode in running shoes until I was 40 years old....
Sidi makes several models up to size 52, but they're expensive--generally $180-$210. Nashbar and usually Performance have them in stock.
Diadora has some types up to 50, but it's a generous 50. I have two pairs of Diadora Jalapeno MB shoes I got on sale at Nashbar for $40 a pair, and they fit fine. Dia also makes some low-end ($60-$70) road shoes in size 50, can't remember the model. I bought some last fall and wore them once, just to be sure they fit (if you wear that size, you tend to snap 'em up when you see them and worry about whether you need them later...).
Sierra Trading Post (www.sierratradingpost.com) sometimes has shoes from various makers in 50-52. Nothing at the moment, but the Web site lets you search by size, so it's easy to check once a week or so.
I also have two old pairs of Nikes in U.S. size 15, one road and one MB, that I've had for five or six years. No idea where to get them now, but it might be worth a search. Note that Nikes run pretty small, so he may need a bigger size if he finds 'em.
Is your friend single? (nm)PseuZQ
Jan 2, 2004 1:35 PM
Big hands, Big feet, Big... ? (nm)53T
Jan 2, 2004 7:31 PM
... cautionary note...Akirasho
Jan 2, 2004 4:35 PM
... I wear a size 49... which are hard to come by at the LBS without a special order... so I generally go the web route.

I love Sidi, and several online vendors (Nashbar, Colorado Cyclist, Performance, Supergo, etc.) carry certain models in the larger sizes on a relatively consistent basis.

The caveat is fit. If he's unsure of his/her size (different shoe makers may size differently... and sizing is not always consistent with other types of athletic, casual or dress shoes) he/she might be better served... at least initially, by trying to find a dealer who has that size in stock or is willing to work on a special order towards purchase.

FWIW, Sidi goes up to a 52 with some models.

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