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Turns out I have massive feet

KC285KC285 Posts: 4
edited May 2017 in Women's cycling forum
...or thats what the cycling community is making me feel like anyway!

So I begrudgingly got a mans bike - I'm 6ft, with long legs - in most aspects of my life this is a positive, when it comes to cycling I am made to feel like a freak. It's ok though, the industry seems to be waking up to the idea of female riders and slowly increasing the amount of female specific kit they stock, so I am optimistic that one day I will no longer have to shop in the mens section of the store.

The issue I am currently having is with getting some proper road shoes. I wear a size 7uk normally and 8uk in trainers, so I figured 42 would be fine but with cycle shoes it seems like I need a 43 or 44 though as my toes otherwise touch the end. Ok no issue I thought - however there are no shoes above a 42 for women! I've tried mens ones but they are too wide, i've tried supposedly unisex ones but they are too wide also. The only pair I have found which I am ordering in to try are Louis Garneau ones from Evans. Cycle surgery, Halfords etc - none of them stock womens shoes over a 42.

Is there anyone else out there with "ginormous" feet? Or is it really only me? If so has anyone found any other brands that make bigger ones?


  • diamonddogdiamonddog Posts: 3,424
    Try Shimano mens shoes they are known to be very small with their sizing and also feel narrower IMO, I need to get a size bigger than normal with their shoes. Why not nip into Decathlon and try some on then search out best price on t'internet.
    Good hunting.
  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    How about the Bont Riots, about £100, they aren't womens specific but they are heat mouldable.
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 10,190
    edited August 2013
    I've deffo got Diadora shoes in a 43 for my gf recently. Crc had a good sale on too, and she is a uk 8 too.
    The following 3 are all 'female' and available in a 43.

    Free returns as well, if the colours are ok, what have you got to lose?
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  • uptonupton Posts: 40
    "Italian" brands are meant to be smaller. Eg- Sidi shoes, although expensive tend to come up narrow apparently.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,232
    edited August 2013
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,232
    upton wrote:
    "Italian" brands are meant to be smaller. Eg- Sidi shoes, although expensive tend to come up narrow apparently.
    Sidi do a wide version also I believe (Mega)
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  • poppit wrote:
    How about the Bont Riots, about £100, they aren't womens specific but they are heat mouldable.

    Or if you go for some of their other shoes, they are avaliable in different widths.
  • mamba80mamba80 Posts: 5,032
    Hav a look at Mavic shoes, they are based on the old Adidas models and they were v. narrow.
    the womens ones fit my daughter who has extremely narrow feet and the mens being in white look almost femine
  • sozofiasozofia Posts: 9
    Hey! I'm also 6 foot and normally wear size 8 (41) shoes. Same problem as you - when I tried on the shoes I had to keep going up and up in size, but then my feet are narrow, so you start to have issues about them floating around. One chap in a bike shop I went to recommended to buy a shoe with an ankle strap as these will stop shoes from floating around.

    I just bought the Shimano RT - 82 touring shoes ( ... -shoe-8333) in a size 45 (?!) online - was terrified they'd be enormous but so far they seem like a pretty good fit. You can pull both the velcro and the ankle strap pretty tight.

    Being black also means that (at least in my mind) they look a bit smaller so I feel less like a clown :)
  • I had the same issue, had my eye on a lovely pair of Specialised, ladies weren't big enough, mens were too wide. However I found Bontrager mens a narrower fit.
  • TonyJamsTonyJams Posts: 214
    For anyone else feeling frustrated with lack of choice there are actually quite a few models of larger womens cycling shoes - Northwave do loads of their womens shoes larger, as well as Shimano, Fizik and technincally Sidi (although their 43s are really 7.5s)
    If you're looking for Womens 43s or 44s just enter your shoe size here and see whats out there currently
  • BountybarBountybar Posts: 10
    I also have big wide feet. Size 8. I went for specialised expert road shoes. Bit pricey, but comfy and don't make me look like I'm wearing boats! I do occasionally kick the pannier though!!!
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