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    Shoe shopping, store suggestions?

    Looking for wider shoes, picked up some Shimano m088s from REI that aren't working out, I think they're to narrow. Any suggestions on who would have a good selection?

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    My girlfriend just bought a new pair of riding shoes, and she found she really had to do some looking around to find the right shoe. She found that even bigger shops didn't necessarily carry that varied or large of a selection, so she ended up visiting several shops to get a good overview. She's been buying "whatever's on sale" for a couple of years, and has had a lot of bad luck and poor fitting shoes. I think she went to REI, Wheat Ridge, Bicycle Village, all the shops in Golden, a few shops in Moab, and probably more.




    Caveat here is: she's a girl. You may find a much larger selection at any of the above shops for men's shoes. She's also not a beginner, nor is she a pro XC racer, making her a kind of odd demographic as a woman to try and find the right shoe (or a lot of biking stuff really). She found lots of beginner type shoes and lots of über-pro carbon-soled fairy slippers, but not as much in the "enthusiast" category i.e. good performance and fit but with a sole not made of plastic or carbon.
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    I'll echo FT's statement. It seems that shops will just carry a few brands... and for me I had to try on a *bunch* to find the right shoes. So you have to visit shops until you find the right fit/value/etc.

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    Check out Specialized's MTB shoes- they run wider than Shimano and they're much better priced. There are usually deals on the website, and I'm sure some places around town carry them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Trucker View Post
    My girlfriend just bought a new pair of riding shoes, and she found she really had to do some looking around to find the right shoe. She found that even bigger shops didn't necessarily carry that varied or large of a selection, so she ended up visiting several shops to get a good overview. She's been buying "whatever's on sale" for a couple of years, and has had a lot of bad luck and poor fitting shoes. I think she went to REI, Wheat Ridge, Bicycle Village, all the shops in Golden, a few shops in Moab, and probably more.

    Caveat here is: she's a girl. You may find a much larger selection at any of the above shops for men's shoes. She's also not a beginner, nor is she a pro XC racer, making her a kind of odd demographic as a woman to try and find the right shoe (or a lot of biking stuff really). She found lots of beginner type shoes and lots of über-pro carbon-soled fairy slippers, but not as much in the "enthusiast" category i.e. good performance and fit but with a sole not made of plastic or carbon.
    That's what I was afraid of. I've been quite a few places already. I guess the search continues.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    I'll echo FT's statement. It seems that shops will just carry a few brands... and for me I had to try on a *bunch* to find the right shoes. So you have to visit shops until you find the right fit/value/etc.
    I've noticed that shops only carry brands here or there, and only select models. Frustrating really.

    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Check out Specialized's MTB shoes- they run wider than Shimano and they're much better priced. There are usually deals on the website, and I'm sure some places around town carry them as well.
    I guess I could go back to Bike Source, didn't really give any thought to Specialized shoes. I don't know how much weight people's online reviews carry, but there were a few negatives to some Specialized shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28fiend View Post
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    I guess I could go back to Bike Source, didn't really give any thought to Specialized shoes. I don't know how much weight people's online reviews carry, but there were a few negatives to some Specialized shoes.
    I've "re-tried" Spec'd shoes each time I've needed new shoes and they must fit my feet horribly because I can't even *imagine* wearing them for more than 2 minutes around the shop. And I tried the recreational, enthusiast, AND high end models. All horrible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    I've "re-tried" Spec'd shoes each time I've needed new shoes and they must fit my feet horribly because I can't even *imagine* wearing them for more than 2 minutes around the shop. And I tried the recreational, enthusiast, AND high end models. All horrible...
    It's funny, I can got to just about any bike shop and find parts I need. But when I need shoes for my feet to power the bike, I'm driving all over town and not finding anything.

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    From my experience, all biking shoes are too narrow at the toes. What I discovered works for me is to go 1 size bigger. I normally wear 45 but my last two pairs have been 46's and it's made a tremendous difference in comfort.

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    Surely there's GOT to be a "best mtb shoe for the Front Range" thread???

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosayno View Post
    From my experience, all biking shoes are too narrow at the toes. What I discovered works for me is to go 1 size bigger. I normally wear 45 but my last two pairs have been 46's and it's made a tremendous difference in comfort.
    1 size bigger I was swimming. Do people just suffer with improper shoes? Or are people with wide feet that much more rare?

    Quote Originally Posted by golden boy View Post
    Surely there's GOT to be a "best mtb shoe for the Front Range" thread???
    I'd love to read that, have a link? I searched that exact title and haven't seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28fiend View Post
    Or are people with wide feet that much more rare?


    Try Sidi shoes in "mega wide"

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Check out Specialized's MTB shoes- they run wider than Shimano and they're much better priced. There are usually deals on the website, and I'm sure some places around town carry them as well.
    I might be wrong, but I think Specialized has a policy with their dealers that they can't sell their products online. You have to buy them at a brick and mortar retail outlet.

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    This is strange because I have widish feet and my Shimano shoes fit well. The most comfy are the 661s made for flat pedals that include a place for cleats. But then you sacrifice stiffness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    I might be wrong, but I think Specialized has a policy with their dealers that they can't sell their products online. You have to buy them at a brick and mortar retail outlet.
    Specialized sells their own shoes online... That's what I meant.

    And to the OP, my last pair of Specializeds lasted me 8 years of both road and MTB, so YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    I might be wrong, but I think Specialized has a policy with their dealers that they can't sell their products online. You have to buy them at a brick and mortar retail outlet.
    The M088's I feel fit well enough, but I think the toe box might be a little narrow. I get pain after about 5 miles on the outside of my foot past the pinky toe on the bottom of my foot.

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    Well this thread is a complete disappointment.

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    I don't have massively wide feet, but they are wide for sure. Sidi shoes just make me cringe looking at them.

    Specialized is the only brand I've found that even remotely fits my foot. Wheat Ridge Cyclery typically carries a good selection in stock. They sometimes blow them out at the end of the season, but I've paid full price there too.

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    I recently bought Giro Privateer and they work great. My feet are medium bodied (can I say that?!) but my second and third toes are longer than my big toe so finding shoes is pretty difficult. The Giro's seem to have a more rounded toe box than the last pair of Specialized I had. I've Sidi in the past which worked well too.

    If you find a good shop that helps you, forget about saving the few bucks online and buy em there. Oh crap, here goes another thread about show roomin'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVC15 View Post
    Well this thread is a complete disappointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwine View Post
    I recently bought Giro Privateer and they work great. My feet are medium bodied (can I say that?!) but my second and third toes are longer than my big toe so finding shoes is pretty difficult. The Giro's seem to have a more rounded toe box than the last pair of Specialized I had. I've Sidi in the past which worked well too.

    If you find a good shop that helps you, forget about saving the few bucks online and buy em there. Oh crap, here goes another thread about show roomin'....
    That's my plan, I'm in impatient person.

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    +1 for Speshy for wide feet, at least the forefoot. Not great, but the least uncomfortable.

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    NorthWave's are wide or as previously mentioned Sidi Mega's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Trucker View Post
    Better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhGee View Post
    NorthWave's are wide or as previously mentioned Sidi Mega's.
    I'm just going to order a few online and return as needed, been all over that isn't too far from where I live. Couldn't find certain brands or any of the wide sizes.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountbkr View Post
    Try Sidi shoes in "mega wide"
    I have VERY wide feet and the mega's are very comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhGee View Post
    NorthWave's are wide or as previously mentioned Sidi Mega's.
    I will mention that with Northwave's, the width changes through the product line. we don't ride their shoes anymore but 3-4 years ago when the SBS aerolite (?) was the top of the line, it had a very roomy toebox. I broke my right shoe and couldn't procure a replacement immediately so had to use a mid-level which was narrower - more in line what most shoes have.

    I know they'er harder to find but Carnac's and Bonts "generally" have a roomy toebox. Someone mentioned going up a size and that is a reasonable move if you can control heel movement (which can usually be fixed with one of those cheap Dr Scholls (sp?) heel pads).

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    Giro makes their MTB shoes in a regular and a HV version. HV is High Volume for a wide foot kind of like the Mega from Sidi. We carry sidi's and giro's. Giro in both versions, Sidi just in the regular.
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    My foot is normal width in the midsole but pretty wide at the toes, so I've been on the hunt for years for a shoe that fits. I had the Specialized for the past two seasons and it was okay. But this year I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Enduro III and LOVE them. They're more of an all-mountain shoe with very aggressive tread for hike-a-bikes, a bit heavier and a tad flexier. But I've found them to be sufficiently stiff. I love the placement of the ratchet system and they breathe well.

    I got them at the Pearli outlet up in Silverthorne for $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVC15 View Post
    Much!
    Resisting misogynistic jokes of women in shoe stores....

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    Anyone have any feedback on the Specialized Rimes? Look like the perfect shoe for most of my riding. I've been in Sidis for many years and am looking for something new with a softer sole for hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bipolarbear View Post
    Anyone have any feedback on the Specialized Rimes? Look like the perfect shoe for most of my riding. I've been in Sidis for many years and am looking for something new with a softer sole for hiking.
    I just got a set after a trip to Moab where my plastic Pearl Izumi's were sliding all over the slickrock. Some unintentional splits resulted. Sketchy.

    I'm extremely pleased with the Rimes. They're much more comfortable than my old PI's, still fairly stiff for pedaling but MUCH better for hiking in, and the shoes stick to stuff with the rubber soles. They're pricy, but I'm a huge fan. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them if the price hasn't turned you away already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Resisting misogynistic jokes of women in shoe stores....


    Quote Originally Posted by hirschmj View Post
    I just got a set after a trip to Moab where my plastic Pearl Izumi's were sliding all over the slickrock. Some unintentional splits resulted. Sketchy.

    I'm extremely pleased with the Rimes. They're much more comfortable than my old PI's, still fairly stiff for pedaling but MUCH better for hiking in, and the shoes stick to stuff with the rubber soles. They're pricy, but I'm a huge fan. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them if the price hasn't turned you away already.
    Anything about the Rimes you don't like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28fiend View Post
    Anything about the Rimes you don't like?
    The Boa enclosure doesn't click as satisfyingly now that I've gotten some dust in it, and they were expensive.

    Otherwise no, I'm extremely pleased. That said, I've had them less than a month (200 miles on dirt, something like that) so I can't really speak to longevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Resisting misogynistic jokes of women in shoe stores....
    It's Zappos now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    I have flat feet that are moderately wide. I wear the X-alp and find them quite comfortable.

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    I also have the same issue with my fat feet. Anyway couple weeks ago the Sidi Rep had a tent set up for the Full Service Bicycle demo. I would recommend the Mega if you havent tried them, they felt awesome. Lake also makes a wide that fits really nicely.

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    When I really need something unusual and don't feel like calling or driving all over the place I just go to one of the local mail order places (Excel in Boulder...but if you're closer to the Springs Colorado Cyclist is probably a good option). They seem to always have everything in stock and a larger selection. Handy for stuff like shoes that really need to fit well.

    I used to fit ski boots. I was always entertained by how many people that said they had wide feet really had pretty narrow feet.

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    You can get them on performancebike as i have used the websites and their service is pretty cool,They are having almost everything that we need to use in biking,And that is how it should be when it comes to Riding bike.Everything should be with us when we talk about Bike Riding so yeah Shoes can be bought from them just gotta visit.

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    Where's the Five Ten love? Picked up my Falcons at The Fix in Boulder. Unless you're trying to shave .05ms off your Strava climbs, I think the roadie inspired shoes are a bit unnecessary. I prefer something more comfortable/stable when you need to hike-a-bike.

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    Lake makes wide shoes too. I haven't tried any yet, nor found them in store (but I'm a woman and my problem might just be solved by switching to mens shoes from womens).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rae6503 View Post
    Lake makes wide shoes too. I haven't tried any yet, nor found them in store (but I'm a woman and my problem might just be solved by switching to mens shoes from womens).
    Most vendors make them but verrrrrrrrry few carry them --> special order or Special Ed, Bont, Lake, sidi, northwave (in years past) off the top of my head.

    if you're really hard to fit you can go see these local guys

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