Help with Shimano Road Shoes size/fit!

dkoor
dkoor Posts: 28
edited February 2013 in Road buying advice
Hello gals and guys. :)

Recently I've asked here for help about purchasing my first road bike, now that I've done it I need your help with some road accessories. Namely - shoes.

I'll go for Shimano PD-5700 SPD/SL (105) pedals and I need a nice shoes that will go well with those.

Specifically I was thinking about Shimano R077 road shoes, but since I have 0 (zero) experience about road shoes fit/size in general, I need your advice.

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My left foot (bigger foot) is 281mm and I am unsure which Shimano road size to order.

I think size 45.5 (288mm) would be ok for me, but what do you more experienced people say? 8)

Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • mosa
    mosa Posts: 754
    I was told to go one size bigger in the same shoe which I did. I'm a 9 (43) but that was too tight but the 44 was fine
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  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    You really need to try these on in a shop, I'd never buy shoes or clothing mail order.

    I have those shoes and they're fine on a nice day but the mesh tops offer no rain protection and are freezing in winter, so you'll need summer and winter overshoes.

    SPD-SL pedals are fine for a dedicated road bike, but for a commuter I find SPDs far easier in traffic.
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  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    mosa wrote:
    I was told to go one size bigger in the same shoe which I did. I'm a 9 (43) but that was too tight but the 44 was fine
    Thanks!
    unixnerd wrote:
    You really need to try these on in a shop, I'd never buy shoes or clothing mail order.

    I have those shoes and they're fine on a nice day but the mesh tops offer no rain protection and are freezing in winter, so you'll need summer and winter overshoes.

    SPD-SL pedals are fine for a dedicated road bike, but for a commuter I find SPDs far easier in traffic.
    Living in the middle of nowhere have some advantages but buying equipment is not one of them :mrgreen:
    Seriously I'd probably have to travel some 100-200km to try some Shimano, and I would call it quite a luck to find this exact model or similar. Already tried in some shop 50km away but they didn't have my size... it was 43 and it looked like something I couldn't put my foot in (too small, really). :o
    I wouldn't bother someone to help me if I could do this. :(

    What size are yours mate?
    And what is the size of your foot?

    It is the next best test (aside from trying them in 1st person) that will help :)

    And apart from having to have overshoes with those, are you satisfied with them?

    Thanks for your input. 8)
  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    And yeah, these aren't for commuting, Im buying these having cycling as sport in my mind.
    I bought Author A55

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  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Mine are a size 43 and I take an 8 - 8.5 shoes size.
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  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    Sorry for so much bothering mate, but I've got to ask is 8-8,5 UK size or US?
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    UK size
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  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,440
    That is the exact setup I've just gone for. I was a bit panicky about going up a size like the recommendation but I'm really glad I did. I'm size 9 in everything and all my other cycling shoes have been a 43 including a pair of shimano mtb shoes, I bought the ro77's in a 44 and they are perfect. Lovely and comfy, not even that lethal to walk in.
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  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    unixnerd wrote:
    UK size
    Thanks!!! :) 8)
  • I'm a UK size 10 and went for 11.5's Shimano's R087's. I wanted mine to be roomy enough to allow thick winter socks.
  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    Guys thanks for your input.

    Considering all this, I will go either for size UK 10 or 10.5.
    I normally take UK 9.5.
  • lotus49
    lotus49 Posts: 763
    I take UK size 9 1/2 shoes and I have a pair of EU size 44 R087s that fit me well. My feet are quite narrow - I don't know if that makes a material difference.
  • styxd
    styxd Posts: 3,234
    The obvious solution would be to order a few different sized pairs and then return the ones you dont want.
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,440
    Just go up one euro size, so I assume you'd be 44 normally, then a 45 should be spot on.
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  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    prawny wrote:
    Just go up one euro size, so I assume you'd be 44 normally, then a 45 should be spot on.
    OK, thanks. I will do that. 8)

    I take New Balance and Adidas:
    EUR 44.5
    UK 10
    US 10.5
    285mm
    ...and they fit me perfectly. I've used those brands for running for a few years now.
    Also I've just checked some Nike and Umbro (indoor soccer) and those are all size 44.5 EUR, a perfect fit for me.

    Shimano chart is slightly different as they "value" 285mm as size UK 9.5 and US 10.5

    Anyhow all that means (NB/Adidas) size EUR 44.5 + 1 = size 45.5 Shimano.

    BTW after all this I hope some guys who are after Shimano road shoes can benefit from this thread as well. 8)
  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    Gosh, I just googled two pages about Shimano shoes...
    Here;
    search.php?keywords=shimano+shoes&terms=all&author=&fid%5B%5D=40042&sc=1&sf=titleonly&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search

    Seems that I probably shouldn't have opened this thread at the first place considering actual info on these pages.

    So thank you all again for tolerating & helping me 8)
  • dkoor
    dkoor Posts: 28
    Just to make a closure to this, and eventually help someone:

    I bought Shimano R087 in size EUR 45 (normal, not wide - I have slightly narrower foot) and they fit perfectly.
    They ship cleats with them so you don't have to buy those separately.

    Now I only curse bad weather that I can't ride more. :mrgreen: