How much toe room in SPD shoes (FiveTen Kestrel lace)-
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    How much toe room in SPD shoes (FiveTen Kestrel lace)

    I ordered a size 44 FiveTen Kestrel lace shoe, but it feels a little long. I ordered a 43 to compare with and will send back the pair that feels the worse. How much toe room should I be aiming for with SPD shoes?

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    The trick with spd shoes is they feel tighter walking than riding since you are pressing downward when riding. That is part of why it feels tighter when you are standing there. Half sizes are sometimes available as well, but if you are planning on walking more than riding get a little room.
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    I think a good fitting shoe shouldn't feel tight in any way whether you're walking or on the bike, especially in the toe box. During a long ride feet can swell a bit and extra toe room is much appreciated. A good fitting shoe will still hold your heel and the top of your foot firmly, which is where it's important.

    My vote is to always size up when in doubt.
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    I think I had to size down on my 510's. I ordered a 10 which is what most of my shoes are but had to do with a 9.5. Ultimately I wasn't comfortable in a 510 Freeride Element, but the half size down did fit better than a 10 for me. The ten wasn't even close to feeling like the right size. I could easily press down with my thumb and fit between the end of the shoe and the tip of my toe.

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    I have Boa Kestrels and got them specifically because they are a bit wider and have more toe room the many other brands. I prefer having more rather than less room. Outside of that, I'm not a fan. Too heavy, too stiff, lots of heel lift walking, memory foam gets looser as I ride requiring repeated tightening (easy with Boas), and the soles tore and shredded pretty quickly.
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