New shoes for big feet.

by spicypedro   April 17, 2013  

I need to replace my cycling shoes and I have big feet. This is an issue.

I'm currently wearing a pair of (long since) white Shimano RO86 road shoes which have served me well for the last 3 or so years but now really need replacing and I'd really quite like an upgrade too.

With my size 13/14 feet, shopping for shoes is difficult and annoying at the best of times. Obviously, bricks and mortar shops don't keep large sizes in stock and most only shops won't stock them either. The ones that do rarely have 'search by size' facilities on their websites and I end up endlessly clicking through pages of shoes looking to see if any go up to an EU49 or 50 and if they do, do the reviews say 'You should probably buy a size bigger as these come up small'.

I very quickly reach the end of my tether and end up with a shortlist of shoes that, whilst available in my size, aren't really setting my heart on fire (like these Louis Garneau ones - - Nice but they don't really make me feel tingly with excitement).

So I turn to you, the oracles of cycling, to help me discover a new pair of road shoes.

Here's my spec:

  • Budget: Upto £140 (would consider going slightly higher but only because I'm wasting time/money for every minute I spend shopping).
  • Size: UK 13/14, EU49/50 (depending on whether they 'come up small'.
  • Color: Preferably black. I've had enough of white shoes
  • And they need to look nice. That can be an understated, plain black, classy nice, or a kind of blingy, 'look at me' nice.

If anyone can point me in the direction of that pair of shoes, I'll be very grateful.

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Have you tried Specialized, I have pretty big feed (quite wide) and mine fit nicely. Looks like they go up to 49 in commonly available sizes, I don't recall mine coming up small so worth a try at a LBS

posted by jimmo62 [59 posts]
17th April 2013 - 11:39


Somebody on Google+ just pointed me at these: which look like they could be just right.

posted by spicypedro [101 posts]
17th April 2013 - 11:43


i am UK size 12 and Specialized shoes have always been good for me. Though i would advise going to a shop and trying them on, as their sizing is a little out, i have one pair of 47 and one pair of 46 and they both fit well.. Also worth getting a pair of their footbeds as the standard one does not give much support

posted by gavcsmith [12 posts]
17th April 2013 - 11:58


I have just tried out a pair of Giro Trans - which tick all the boxes for being black and classy; comfy too - I flap about with size 12's in a size 47, so couldn't say if their biggest at 48 would be large enough.

posted by big shug [40 posts]
17th April 2013 - 12:05


I actually have a pair of Giro Trans HV (size 48) sat next to me in a box, ready to be returned to Evans. They are pretty much exactly what I'm looking for but they're too small.

posted by spicypedro [101 posts]
17th April 2013 - 13:13


I bought a pair of Sidi Genius Pro 5 MEGA from Winstanleys - the Mega means Wide. In reality it means that if you are a 44 in Specialised, the 44 Mega comes up about the same but a tiny bit wider. The non mega come up about a size smaller than the Specialised and are a bit pinchy. I feel like that demented lady off Sex in the City in them - they are very lovely!

posted by dunnoh [201 posts]
23rd April 2013 - 16:03


Check out Lake shoes. Carbon soles, full leather, Boa closures. Great wide fitting shoes. In budget.

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posted by _SiD_ [180 posts]
23rd April 2013 - 17:14


Bont A3's come in nicely under your budget and are great shoes - search for the review from a few months ago. Heat moldable so will fit well, and any dealer should be able to order in the size you need quickly.

posted by benezeir [67 posts]
23rd April 2013 - 20:51