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MarkasaurusMarkasaurus Posts: 17
edited April 2015 in Road buying advice
Hi

What road shoes would you recommend at the moment? I probably can spend around £150

I currently have Shimano mtb64 shoes & pedals but want to switch these out for road ones.

Thanks

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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,767
    Expect everyone to recommend whatever shoes they are currently wearing. You will need to decide whether that kind of information is useful to you or not. Alternatively, just find a pair you like the look of and go from there..
  • Imposter wrote:
    Expect everyone to recommend whatever shoes they are currently wearing. You will need to decide whether that kind of information is useful to you or not. Alternatively, just find a pair you like the look of and go from there..

    ok thanks. There seems to be so much available, I'm not really sure what shoes I need! I'll use price as a guide
  • naylor343naylor343 Posts: 61
    This is a difficult one. It is really the same as the which saddle, which frame debate. The only true answer must first be the ones that fit. If you if live near a decathlon, try them. Their shoes have improved greatly, they are cheap and they hold lots of stock. They also stock some cheaper shimano lines which if nothing else will allow you to compare different last fits. Lots of people follow what the pros are wearing, but what they are wearing are work shoes to do their job in. If they work for you that is great, but they are not always the best option.
  • northpolenorthpole Posts: 1,499
    I have a soft spot for Sidi - I just think they are better put together than others I have owned. Slightly different sizing, but I also like Specialised. Evans have the (slightly older tech) Pro model reduced to £150 if they have your size, otherwise the new Expert is around the same price. tbh not sure which Sidi model fits your target price.

    Those brands are my preference - probably as much to do with the shape of my feet as the look or quality of the shoes. Ultimately, the better the fit, the better you will feel on your bike. As with mtb shoes, always allow a bit of space when trying them on - your feet tend to swell a bit when out on the road in warmer weather.

    Peter
  • jordan_217jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    Try loads on. Pointless getting the ones you 'fancy' if they're gonna kill your feet after 1hr in the saddle. Shoes should be 'Goldilocks'; not too tight, not too loose..just right.

    Go and try some on after work and also take both Winter and Summer weight socks (if you have them).
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  • Go to your cycle stores and try a few different pairs on. Travel if needs be. I ended up getting a pair from the Specialized store, who were very good. Using their BG fit, The standard in soles were not suitable for my arches so they got changed. Using one of the bikes in the store and a turbo they set up my cleats and an hour or so later I left with shoes that cost more than I wanted to pay, but and it is a big BUT, my shoes are the most comfy shoes imaginable. Occasionally I think I could with another pair, but no there is nothing wrong with what I have.

    In terms of fit, I can wind them up real tight for short races, or wear loose for an easy 150km ride and have them anywhere in between with no problem. I can use them with woolly boolie winter socks (lalbeit two pairs of wooly boolie socks on one foot is a bit tight) and just as comfy with summer weight socks. Two years on, they still look smart.

    Is this close to what you want from your cycling shoes? Then shop around and get the ones that are right for you.
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  • ravey1981ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    Are pedals to be included in the £150 budget? I use Shimano RO88 shoes and Shimano 105 pedals. Both of those would be somewhere around you're budget. You are best trying shoes on though as they all have different fits, just happens that Shimano shoes suit my feet so I use that brand on road and off...
  • PigtailPigtail Posts: 424
    Look at shimano r171s at halfords. They are pricematching to £109 and then offering 20% discount on that, bringing them to about £88. It only works for certain sizes, but quite a good deal.
  • SpatulalaSpatulala Posts: 291
    My feet don't like Shimano, and they love Spesh. Yours will have their own faves, best to find out what they are before spending your cash. I fancied a pair of Bonts, but when I tried them on, my hammer toes put paid to that idea.
  • thanks very much for the advice, I'm going to call in decathalon and evans and try some on
  • As a fitter, shoes are a common source of client angst.
    Here's a few ideas, which might help: http://www.fit2ride.cc/2015/03/30/shoes ... e-and-how/
  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,712
    Go try them on and buy the most comfortable regardless of budget/price. I'd rather have £80 comfort than £150 sore feet.

    Don't buy your first pair on line.
  • macleod113macleod113 Posts: 560
    Don't forget that online retailers like wiggle/chain reaction do a free returns process via collect plus so it wont cost you to order a few pairs and send some back.
    worth a punt
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  • In terms of fit, I can wind them up real tight for short races, or wear loose for an easy 150km ride and have them anywhere in between with no problem. I can use them with woolly boolie winter socks (lalbeit two pairs of wooly boolie socks on one foot is a bit tight) and just as comfy with summer weight socks.

    They do up both tight and loose? crazy
  • rafletcherrafletcher Posts: 1,235
    My two-pennorth. I don't like shoes with all velcro fastenings. So I'd always look for a shoe with a boa type or ratchet type instep fastening, and maybe Velcro across the forefoot.

    As has been said above, there are loads of shoes around now, but despite not currently wearing them (I have mainly Bonts ATM) the Sidi Genius, if it fits you, is a great shoe. And has lots of replaceable parts available.
  • PigtailPigtail Posts: 424
    Well I got my R171s from Halfords delivered to the store today, and they seem to fit really well. 10% discount with British Cycling, bringing them to £79.
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