Cycle shoes for touring?

Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby onrbikes » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:52 pm

Which shoe is the wider.

I've had many a shoe for touring and my latest Northwave are thin on the heel and need replacing.
They were a good fit and found them wider than the narrow Shimano although they were the same size.

In everything else I take a 46 (size 11). Workboots walkers etc, but cycle shoes seem to be all over the place. Living rural doesn't give opportunity to sample some of the other brands even though I'm on the verge of chancing some online. It wouldn't be the first time. The LBS's get the standard road shoes in and the shimano. I'm not a fan of the Shimano.

What are the Specialised or the Mavic touring shoes like? Narrower than most or what it says
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by BNA » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:45 am

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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby clackers » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:45 am

I've got feet wide enough to put out bushfires but the size 46 Shimanos (MT42s, IIRC) are fine. :-)

I also have a pair of SPD Mavics that I wear on road rides or hot days - buckles instead of laces, etc.
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby RonK » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:19 pm

onrbikes wrote:I've had many a shoe for touring and my latest Northwave are thin on the heel and need replacing.
They were a good fit and found them wider than the narrow Shimano although they were the same size.

Same for me - Shimano are too narrow for comfort. I've got Northwave Expedition GTX, they don't make them anymore, replaced them with Drifter GTX, now they don't make them anymore either. Current model is Explorer GTX but don't much like the colour or the price. There are still some Drifters around but I can't find any in 46.
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby Warin » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:58 am

I've seen a recent review of shoes in a cycling mag that mentioned the fit width for each shoe .. let you know when I find it. I think it was a UK one.

I'm a EEE width fitting .. what ever that is ... here. I had my feet measured for hand made leather boots in the UK (the Melbourne guy for this has retired) .. I stated I had wide feet .. after the measurement they said my feet were close to their standard width .. so it must be my british heritage that makes my feet the width they are.
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby il padrone » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:38 am

Warin wrote:I had my feet measured for hand made leather boots in the UK (the Melbourne guy for this has retired) ...

There are a few bespoke shoemakers still in Melbourne. A search turned up:

Shoemakers of Melbourne
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I've also had some custom leather cycling shoes made by Brendan Dwyer who is based in the Nicholas Building, Cnr Swanston St and Flinders Lane. Amazing coincidence - an article about Brendan in today's SMH :o
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby GregLR » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:27 am

There is an alternative to using MTB shoes for touring: my wife & I both have Exustar 'Stelvio' SPD leather touring shoes fashioned on the Reynolds traditional British leather touring shoe: http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/exustar-sp70 ... 4/?geoc=au

The size 43 in the Exustar Stelvio shoes is a good fit for my wide foot. As a benchmark for the width, I also take Sidi size 43.5 'mega' size road shoes - the wide mega size "roughly correspond to a EE/EEE width on the Brannock sizing scale" http://www.sidiamerica.com/sidi/fit.html .

I decided to try the Exustar shoes (which we bought from the UK - they are not available in Australia to my knowledge) after reading a review by Chris Juden in the UK Cyclists' Touring Club magazine a few years ago. I like them so much I also use them on MTB day touring rides, though I also have Specalized MTB shoes in size 43 that are also a good fit my wide feet.

The Exustar shoes are also very presentable as they look similar to ordinary shoes - I use them when cycling to doctor, dentist, etc, appointments.

I noticed that Specialized also offer 'Elite'' and 'Sport' touring shoes: see: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/sh ... te-touring & http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec025555

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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby mjg9001 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:34 pm

If you can live without being clipped in I can recommend Keen Newports - comfortable, durable, don't get smelly, cool in the heat, solid sole, grippy, work well off the bike. Pair them with sealed-bearing MTB pedals and you're golden.
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby barefoot » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:12 pm

GregLR wrote:There is an alternative to using MTB shoes for touring: my wife & I both have Exustar 'Stelvio' SPD leather touring shoes


They are a nice shoe, for sure, and they fit wider than they look. I also have a fairly wide foot, and the Stelvios fit quite well.

BUT...

...the soles wear like cheese if you do any walking at all.

I've gone through two pairs now. The second pair lasted better than the first (they changed the sole design, which made a big difference). Just walking a couple of hundred metres between the bike shed and my office each day (then changing into toe caps for the day), I only got about a year out of each pair. They're not a hideously expensive shoe, but I can't come at buying yet another pair if they're going to keep wearing like that.

I'm now commuting in Shimano S-MT71 shoes. They have Vibram SPD soles, which I guess might be wider than typical Shimano soles, because they fit my slabs in them (albeit a size bigger than I wear in every other brand). They're lasting quite well too, with the rigours of that great trek across the carpark...

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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby durianrider » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:56 pm

I use a 100% custom shoe built from scratch to the specs of Steve Hogg in sydney.

I use xtr 980 pedals and cleats. Great to have a shoe I can ride 2100km in a week with no issues yet still bang out 6 watts per kg for 10mins or walk safely around the supermarket with no fear of slipping.

Specialized Touring Road shoe with the slipnot sole is a great model as well.
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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby Mike Ayling » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:49 pm

So what would the starting prive for a pair of levver touring shoes be?

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Re: Cycle shoes for touring?

Postby onrbikes » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:41 pm

Just got a pair of Specialized Taho touring shoes.
Size 47 and they seem a perfect fit.

Hey Mike. Not sure if that was a typo??
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