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Shoes - sizing similarities

I am looking for a new pair of shoes. Normally I wear Specialized but I am struggling to find what I want - SPD shoes suitable for touring and some walking. In effect an MTB shoe.

If I can find another make which suits then I can target local shops for trying them on before buying (from them) - local means a train journey and at least a morning in Edinburgh. The number of city centre shops is limited.

Is there another make which fits like Specialized?


  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 5,039
    A mail order Specialized?
    I replaced my (very old) Spesh MTB shoes with some Shimano recently, they seem OK
    In terms of fit...they're shoes, I'd always want to try before I buy

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 11,432
    I have worn Specialised 44s, and personally find Scott 44s the closest in terms of fit, and a nice wide toe box.

    Additionally I have worn 44 & 2/3rds Mavic, 44 Fizik, 44 Louis Garneau, 44 Northwave.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
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  • edited November 2022
    You made me remember the time when I didn't have any pair of Specialized. I wore regular sneakers, and they were OK for me. I guess I didn't know better then. Then I read about originals stan smith and bought a pair. Though I didn't expect it, those shoes turned out to be really comfortable for cycling. Anyway, a bit later, I got myself a pair of Spesh MTB shoes. Of course, they worked much better, but I'll never forget how surprised I was by the comfort of cycling wearing the stan smiths.
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