Shoes Advice please

by OsPeregringo   April 24, 2013  

Hi All,

looking for some feedback on what road shoes people are wearing and enjoying at the moment.
I have some Northwave Typhoons - Carbon sole but the ratchet buckle is going and the heels have had to be replaced twice in a year.

Realistically budget is £100-150
Would like stiff Fibre glass or carbon (latter preferred)
I have wide feet, size 44

Any feedback would be great, it's a bit of mindfield out there at the moment for shoes.


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Really like my Giro Trans - proper sensible black with some shiny bits and a clicky ratchet; plus instep inserts. Have been comfortable on 100+k rides and have toe ventilation - not needed yet this year!

posted by big shug [40 posts]
24th April 2013 - 13:19


Sidi. Anything by Sidi - had an issue with by road shoes not being stiff enough, switched to Sidi and hardly know I'm wearing them.

posted by Spofferoonie [37 posts]
24th April 2013 - 14:22


I found Sidi to be very narrow though. Specialized, while they don't have the brand cachet of Sidi (or indeed general loveliness!), are wider. My 44s are very good, but as I only bought a lower-level pair, not that stiff (5.0). Go a little upmarket in their range and you may find what you're after.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
24th April 2013 - 14:41

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Sidi do also make their "Mega" series which are a wider fit than their usual counterparts. Might be worth a look. Nothing will beat going into a shop and trying a few on. I've been through Sidi, Mavic and have finally settled on Specialized which I love, but only because they fit me...which is only something done by trying a few on...

The race is long, but in the end it's only with yourself

posted by Skeletor [1 posts]
24th April 2013 - 14:56


I've just bought some Giro Factors, in my size this time. First ride today and they're bloody marvelous. Lightweight, comfy, look good, great ratchet. Also they come with different arch supports, which is nice.

I've got a brand new pair of size 44s for sale which didn't fit me, if you're interested... though I suspect if you're a 44 in real shoes they will also be too small for you.

posted by bashthebox [764 posts]
24th April 2013 - 15:27


For my first pair of shoes I bought the Mavic Avenir shoes simply because they were only £50 and it seemed like good bargain. I got them a half a UK size larger than I usually do (10 instead of 9.5) and they are a really good, comfortable fit. Although I don't ratchet the top down too much otherwise it makes my toes numb!

posted by S1lver [13 posts]
24th April 2013 - 19:11


Tried on a pair of Fizik at the weekend and comfort was astonishing, I have a small but wide foot with a huge arch and these were supportive and super comfy........ Now saving for a set of R3's. Sizes seemed to come up small though

posted by Spooks [62 posts]
24th April 2013 - 21:31

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Thanks guys really great feedback - i too was looking at Sidi and Specialized but sizing is my worry so going to pop into an LBS and try some on.
Never looked at Fizik but going to give them a try too.

Has anyone tried the Bont A Three - i know its a fiberglass shell but seems to rate them as very stiff.
Interested to know how the self-moulding came out.

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posted by OsPeregringo [54 posts]
25th April 2013 - 8:14