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    off topic: What shoes are you guys wearing?

    I know that this is offtopic and has little to do with 29ers directly but...

    I'm in the market for some new shoes. I've had good luck with the Sidi Dominators in the past. Is there another brand/style that you can recommend? I'm looking for a good blend of comfort and performance.

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    Specialized!

    I've been a big fan of Sidi's for a while but my last two pairs have worn out really, really fast. Too fast for them to be worth the buck.

    I searched around quite a bit to find something comparable but I found something better: Specialized Comp's. They are just as comfy(to my feet anyway) as the Dominator but stiffer. The tread also seems to be of a longer lasting rubber than the dom's and lastly they have a nifty little rubber toe protector to keep the fronts from getting worn and scratched.

    I'm sold. No more Sidi for me!

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    I have to wear SIDIs...

    because they are the only ones that make a narrow model.

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    donkey,

    Thanks for the nod for Spec's. I'll look into those this time around. Sidi is a little "proud" of their shoes. They're the priciest ones around.

    POG,

    Thanks for the advice. I wear a regular width, so I'm not confined to the Sidi's.

    Anybody else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheese
    donkey,

    Thanks for the nod for Spec's. I'll look into those this time around. Sidi is a little "proud" of their shoes. They're the priciest ones around.

    POG,

    Thanks for the advice. I wear a regular width, so I'm not confined to the Sidi's.

    Anybody else?
    I don't like spending more than $100 for shoes, so Sidi's and other expensive shoes have never graced my feet.

    For under $100, I've had good luck with Shimano, Answer, Lake, and 661. Not the sexiest brands, but they make durable, functional shoes that can be found for as little as $40.

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    I have a pair of the second (older) model. VERY comfortable. Work great. Durable. Laces and straps.
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    Northwave Iguana

    Got 'em ultra-cheap at Sierra Trading Post because they are a discontinued model.

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    ditto what donkey said

    Specialized shoes feel just like my old Sidis, only they seem tougher. The carbon soles on the higher-end ones are a little stiff for hike-a-biking, but the mid-range models are freakin' sweet. The "body geometry" feature really works.

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    I am also in the same boat as Donkey and 2:1, previously a Sidi wearer and recently switched to Specialized. Only had this pair a little while but they're working out well so far. My right toes used to go numb after a couple of hours in the old shoes, but the big red S is doing nicely in that regard.

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    I've tried sidi and specialized and I think the specialized are far superior in every way besides comfort. The sidi's felt like slippers. The Specialized feel like shoes. But the traction, stiffness, and foot protection(at least with the pro comps) are incomparable to the sidi's. and they are half the price.

    The lakes looks very nice as well and I'm going to try those next to see if I can get a bit more support when walking.

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    any other width options..

    other than sidis? Ive got mega dominators and they feel awsome, but I seem to get dirt in the buckle ALL THE TIME and then they can be a real pain to get off. Is anyone else making a bike shoe in widths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryyddeerr
    Is anyone else making a bike shoe in widths?
    Lake has a few models in wide widths:

    http://www.lakecycling.com/

    As far as I know, Nashbar is the only online dealer.

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    Sidi Dominator, Lake MX160, Lake Sandal. My current favorite is the Lake Sandal. Love the breeze hitting my hairy toes.

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    I use Carnac because I need a wide shoe with good arch support and the Carnacs have been the best I have found so far.

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    A little off topic from the OP's question ... but I would have to say that shoes definitely need to be bought from an LBS. I bought some the other day, and got a good discount for showing my local bike club membership card. Got money off on Sidi's, which seems to be a difficult thing to do otherwise ... even online.

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    always loved Sidi's...

    This year I made the switch to Pearl Izumi, and have 2 pairs. Here are my favs (note, they are pre-production models) and they are THE most comfortable shoe I have ever ridden in, road or mountain, in 20 years of riding and racing.

    I took the pics just before the SSWC '05, and the shoes are still going strong. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heal, FWIW.

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    I don't like supporting the "big-box" brands, but I've found the new Nike Lance off-road shoes to be the best for riding in the east. I wore Sidis for years and was always frustrated with the lack of durability. Also, sidis slip too much if you're forced to walk a rocky section.

    The new Nikes have a sticky sole--perfect for riding slickrock or rock gardens on the east coast. Despite the sticky soles, it seems the tread is holding up quite nicely.

    My $.02.

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    shimano m-225...

    i've been on shimano's m-225 for the past season, and so far, other than them being a bit heavy, i have no complaints about their fit or performance.
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    Those are just what I am looking for!

    Quote Originally Posted by OneGearGuy
    This year I made the switch to Pearl Izumi, and have 2 pairs. Here are my favs (note, they are pre-production models) and they are THE most comfortable shoe I have ever ridden in, road or mountain, in 20 years of riding and racing.

    I took the pics just before the SSWC '05, and the shoes are still going strong. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heal, FWIW.

    OGG
    I am looking for a nice comfortable highend shoe that has a wide toe box. I am thinking of going with specialized but the last pair of them I bought shrunk on me. Just like the two pairs of shimano's before that. What happens is I get them wet and the toe area continues to shrink and shrink untill I can no longer comfortably fit my foot in the shoe without getting it wet first, and even that isn't a good solution, because in the summer they dry out and shrink on me while I am riding and that becomes very painful. In the winter I have to start the ride with cold wet feet.

    So anyway, those have a completely synthetic upper and I doubt I would get any shrinkage. Only bummer part is I don't think any local shops carry pearl izumi.

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    I only ride Shimanos after my first pair of Sidis crapped out on me before I got a single season out of them. My GF had some Specialized shoes that lasted one hard season, and that was it.

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    i just got the new

    nike mtb101, their high end shoe, and they have updated the toe box to be
    alot wider which fits me great. these shoes are awesome. those pearl
    shoes look great too.

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    Good job!

    Another Specialized Pro Carbon user. Happy feet are here again. The meta-button & arch wedge do work. And Toe protection is a big plus. - Especially after breaking/mangling the ol' baby to on a root in my old Sidi's with 0 toe protection!

    The shoes are so d*mn comfy, I got a 2nd pair for the Roadie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    Another Specialized Pro Carbon user. Happy feet are here again. The meta-button & arch wedge do work. And Toe protection is a big plus. - Especially after breaking/mangling the ol' baby to on a root in my old Sidi's with 0 toe protection!

    The shoes are so d*mn comfy, I got a 2nd pair for the Roadie.

    Shoes are so personal. Go to local shops with typical riding socks (remember winter riding socks) and try them on. If they don't feel great there, it's hopeless. Don't talk yourself into it if it isn't a natural fit. Sidis worked for years but then I got a bone spur on my right big toe, no doubt exagerrated by the narrowness of the Sidi Dominator (and I am a B width). I have ridden Shimano M220's for three years. They fit well, have excellent power transfer and are only worn out about 35%. Maybe I can get another season, and that would be great mileage.
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    I've gotten 4 years (still going strong) out of my Shimano 152's got 'em for 89$. great shoe and has held up very well. I've heard good things about pearl Izumi - I've got a pair on order for X mas for my road bike.
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    For seriously wet, muddy or snowy rides, nothing but the Lake MXZ300 will do.

    For other rides, Nike Kato. Affordable, functional and comfortable, with much stiffer soles and grabbier soles (nice for those slick stream crossings) than other basic shoes I've tried.
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    But OGG, living in the south you must know you can’t wear those shoes after Labor Day.

    I’m sporting Answer Kashmirs till spring. I did a group ride in the freezing rain last weekend and I was the only one that could feel their toes after the first hour.

    I’ve always been a SIDI man but I think I bought my last pair this year they fit great but wear out too quickly, I get cramps in my toes from long Single Speed rides because the soles flex so much.
    My wife’s team gets their shoes from Lake and I am very impressed with Lake’s new offerings.

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    I use SIDIs. I bought one pair full retail at a shop a long time ago. I replaced them once, but since I knew the size I got them MUCH cheaper online someplace. They last me about 3 years, so it's a good value I think. I wear them road riding, too, so I dont want anything too chunky.

    You have to shoe goo the toes and outer sides of the SIDIs before they tear. Like a bumper. I feel dumb having to do this to brand new expensive shoes. But it works. I replace the shoe goo once a year. You get a nice buzz from the fumes, too.

    I dont like the ratchet strap, either. If I found the SIDIs with 3 velcro straps in the Lorica, I would get those.

    Those Lakes look nice, but I would have to try them on first. But for me, many of the shoes at full retail cost as much as SIDIs on blowout internet sale, so I have just stuck with SIDI. 44.5 is my size!

    The SIDIs are just so comfortable for me, though.

    I wear the Lake winter shoes now, though. Great, but not as comfy as the SIDI.
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    Must be a NC thing. I have the same shoes in black and LOVE them!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheese
    I know that this is offtopic and has little to do with 29ers directly but...

    I'm in the market for some new shoes. I've had good luck with the Sidi Dominators in the past. Is there another brand/style that you can recommend? I'm looking for a good blend of comfort and performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Endomaniac
    I did a group ride in the freezing rain last weekend and I was the only one that could feel their toes after the first hour.
    Maybe your friends are different, but I'd never ride with you again if you tried to feel my toes.

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    Nike offers wide shoes in a couple of mid-range models. Beware if you have high arches though, my feet don't particularly like mine. then again, my arches are freakishly high.

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    no more sidi's for me either. they weren't really that comfy and i always managed to get a rock or two into them during rides.

    i like specialized, pearl izumi and shimano shoes.

    right now, i replaced my last pair of sidi shoes with these;

    <img src=https://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2005/tech/reviews/adidas_adistar_xc_shoes/adidas_adistar_xc.jpg>

    adidas adistar xc pro shoes. if you los angeles local, cycling concepts in cerritos has em for $100 ($200 reg price). comfy for me with a stiff @ss carbon sole and they have a nice agressive thread.

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    specialized comps rule

    they got the little buckle, a wedge to keep the force on your knee straight and damn solid tread. solid shoes with fantastic traction in slippery hike and bike wet areas.

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    I'm going to have to argue with Donkey on this one...

    I used to LOVE the Specialized Comps. the Body Geometry arch design was amazing and the stiffness great too. After 1 year of riding, the velcro stopped working, all the rubber sole material had ripped off, and the sole was delaminating. Granted, I'm harder on shoes than the average bear for obvious reasons. I went to purchase a new pair but was shot down as their sizing changed for the new year. I no longer fit in what they called a 48.

    Then came Sidi.

    The Sidi's are not as stiff, don't have traction like the Specialized, and lack the cool Body Geometry thing.

    But, they have this going for them:
    1. I never, ever, ever think about my feet. 2 hours in the saddle or 10 hours, I never think about my feet.
    2. They last me 2 years before bad things start happening.
    3. The velcro doesn't wear out since it doesn't exist.
    4. oh yes, they make HUGE sizes! Yay size 50!
    5. They look decent on my road bike. Madre and I used mountiain pedals across the board.

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    Similar reasoning for my switching to Sidi. I wear 48 and when my last pair of Lakes died I tried all the brands. I wore all the pairs for at least 20 minutes in different stores and Sidi was the only one that felt good. Didn't have too much of an option. Luckily this last purchase was during a huge sale so I got the Dominators for about $120. This was early in the year.
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    Size 49 Sidi Doms for me. I tried several on but they were the only ones that felt comfortable. The first pair I got in early 2000, they worked well but started to get a bit soft in the sole. I replaced them with a pair of Dom 5's at the end of 04. The buckles suck even worse on the new ones compared to the old ones. I also wear studs in the front to help with any hikeabike action.
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    I have tried the following brands

    Sidi
    Diadora
    Specialized comp(road only though)
    Cannondale
    Pearl Izumi

    Sidi is my favorite because I have narrow feet, and they have a great sole and I like, no actually I demand a ratching system on the buckle. I have had the velcro deal, and it is not my fav. I like to be able to to tighten up as the ride progresses. The Diadoras i had were the same way, except they don't make the model I have anymore(these are my shoes for a REALLY muddy excursion, instead of the SIDI's) In fact I have had these so long that I don't remember the model name.

    The pearl izumi's had too much room in the toe. Hated them, but that is more b/c my feet are weird.

    Cannondales are only good for wanting to ride around town and not look like too much of a bike geek, and yet still have clipless. Sole is too soft for serious riding for me.

    The Specialized is OK, except for the velcro and the boxy toe area that is too wide for my feet.

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    Thanks for all of the input so far. You guys are truly a wealth of information. Looks like Sidi, Lake, Pearl Izumi, Specialized, Addidas, Carnac, and Nike are contenders. I appreciate all the help!

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    Had Sidi Dominator... moved on to Nike Cairns for a few years (orange ones after red ones had chronic sole breakage issues), just tried the Adidas Adistar Race XC (mentioned above w pics) also bought a pair of Nike Lance All Road's on eBay to evaluate. Have a high arch and narrow foot. Tough to find shoes that are comfy for long rides.

    Adidas fit slightly better but the forefoot velcro straps hang off the side and I think I'll end up hooking them on a bush, cacti or something else. So I'm keeping the Lance All Roads.
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    What are you, Imelda Marcos?



    Real men own a pair of steel toe leather boots, period. Get PowerGrips if you want retention. Work, hike, and bike in 'em. Polish them up a bit if you need to look pretty. If you have to go ballroom dancing, kick down walls and bellow in rage until you don't have to go ballroom dancing anymore. These will go well with your Brooks leather saddle and Filson leather belt. Be the manly yet sensible hit at your next PETA meeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheese
    I know that this is offtopic and has little to do with 29ers directly but...

    I'm in the market for some new shoes. I've had good luck with the Sidi Dominators in the past. Is there another brand/style that you can recommend? I'm looking for a good blend of comfort and performance.
    Here's my experience as far as fit and wear. I have a wide forfoot and narrow heel and have found the following shoes fit me well.

    Shimano SH225 ( my current shoe and by far the stiffest and most durable)

    Specialized. (Good value and great fit)

    Carnac. ( very pricey and natural leather wears rather quickly)

    Northwave. ( Good shoe, failry durable and comfortable)

    Pearl Izumi ( A friend had a pair of these that fell apart pretty quickly)

    Mega Sidi's ( Comfortable, feel like slippers because they are about as durable as slippers. I can't believe how quickly these disintegrated. It's hard for me to understand how anyone can recommend these for the MTB)
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    Good job! Dunlop..

    I wear cheap Dunlop Sports runners. Cheap as in $25 AUD.

    Very light, comfortable, good grip, great cushioning when you have to walk or run.

    Last about a year before the stink is unbearable..

    They work very well with my DMR Magnesium V12 ankle-biters.


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    I have been using a pair of Specialised Sports for the last two years and they have been pretty good. Good toe protection and very comfortable. However, the padding on the left heel has shifted and the shoe doesn't feel as secure on my foot. Not a problem when I'm riding but the shoe moves around a bit when I'm honking up climbs.
    Enjoy the ride.

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    My Sidi Dominator 4's are the only shoes to worn on my big feet. They are worth the penny for a size 14.

    For short to long rides, I do not have to think about my feet. Comfy and long lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancid crack satchel


    Real men own a pair of steel toe leather boots, period. Get PowerGrips if you want retention. Work, hike, and bike in 'em. Polish them up a bit if you need to look pretty. If you have to go ballroom dancing, kick down walls and bellow in rage until you don't have to go ballroom dancing anymore. These will go well with your Brooks leather saddle and Filson leather belt. Be the manly yet sensible hit at your next PETA meeting.
    Bah, real men use liquid weld on their seats and boots for retention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    I am looking for a nice comfortable highend shoe that has a wide toe box. I am thinking of going with specialized but the last pair of them I bought shrunk on me. Just like the two pairs of shimano's before that. What happens is I get them wet and the toe area continues to shrink and shrink untill I can no longer comfortably fit my foot in the shoe without getting it wet first, and even that isn't a good solution, because in the summer they dry out and shrink on me while I am riding and that becomes very painful. In the winter I have to start the ride with cold wet feet.

    So anyway, those have a completely synthetic upper and I doubt I would get any shrinkage. Only bummer part is I don't think any local shops carry pearl izumi.

    I confirm that the Pearl Izumi shoes have a wide toe box. In fact it is too wide for my feet. Construction looks great even if they don't fit me.

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