Cycling Shoes

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Cycling Shoes

Postby M&M27 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 02:04 am


I'm looking into getting my first pair of clip in shoes, but I need some tips on which ones to get, so I'd love to hear what has worked and hasn't worked for you!

I have very small (5-5.5 us) feet and the biggest problem I've run into is finding a shoe small enough for me.


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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby trek_dan » Mon Feb 20, 2017 13:12 pm

Girlfriend has just got her first clipless shoes, went with these from Start Cycles. She is a 5 in UK size running shoes and the 38 was a perfect fit - ... -5128.html

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby bikergirl17 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 20:44 pm

I have about size 6 us and sidi women fit me perfectly. They run small and narrow - so not great if you have wide feet. They aren't cheap - the carbon sole version is about £300 but they also made a decent entry level with a somewhat less stiff sole. I'm on my 4th pair in 14 years - they last.

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby rubertoe » Sat Apr 08, 2017 14:34 pm

My missus has slightly larger feet, she is a uk 6 - us 8 and EU 38-39.

She went for mens shoes (well i bought them to try and get her away from trainers).

She really likes the fit and hasnt had any complainst (other than 1 clipless moment)
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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby type:epyt » Mon Apr 10, 2017 16:50 pm

My partner has used Specialized BG shoes for the past 10 years ... 3 pairs and all have been fine with no fit or foot pain issues (she's a UK size 5 if that helps) …
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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby ChopFamily » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:22 am

My wife uses Specialized aswell, loves them, really comfortable. She is normally a Size 6 in shoes/trainers etc, but needed a 7 in the cycling shoes. Hope this helps.

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby Sniper68 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:52 am

My son uses Northwave Hammer and he's a UK size 2.75(US 3.75/EU35).
I believe NW do the shoe from size 2UK right through including 1/2 sizes.

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby mariamartinez » Sat Apr 29, 2017 08:58 am

Dont rule out MTB shoes for road bike. You can walk in them!! Obviously you have to fit the right pedals too

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby zebra67 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 09:09 am

Somewhere online my husband found size 1 SPD shoes for our 8yo son. I now think any size is possible if you just look long enough.

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby Pitters » Sun Jan 21, 2018 13:18 pm

I am a uk 3 and love my fizik cycling shoes. They are a boa fastening and it’s great and so comfy

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby Vino'sGhost » Fri Apr 06, 2018 20:08 pm

My mrs has size ten feet. She’s a big old unit and swears by the giro wide fit lace ups.

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby LavaLavaDome » Tue Apr 17, 2018 07:13 am

For your first set of clipless I'd go for MTB shoes and pedals. Shimano SPDs are great for getting used to the feeling of being clipped in. There is a lot of float (you can still move your feet around while being clipped in) and you can walk in the shoes. You can also adjust the pedal so you can clip in and out easier. My right commuting pedal is easier to get out of than left.

I started like this and then tried other pedals along the way.

My feet are bigger than yours and I have to go for mens shoes. It is best to get to a shop and try them on. I've made some expensive mistakes thinking that buying on the internet will be OK and then stubbornly not sending them back because I like the look of the shoes.

Mavic and specialized are great, I've found. Sidi are expensive and great. Giro and Northwave come up small and tight (at least for me). I'm wearing Evans own brand at the moment for commuting - Louis Garneau.

If you spend a lot of time in them you will probably need to get the cleats fitted properly and innersoles to support your arches. If you fit the cleat yourself watch youtube videos to get them in the right position on your shoes.

Hope that helps

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Re: Cycling Shoes

Postby dizzydane » Wed Apr 18, 2018 09:12 am

I agree with LavaLavaDome. My commuter has MTB cleats and shoes and its the easiest ride to clip in and out of. Try plenty in shops, research sizing as some brands fir very differently, don't spend too much on your first pair and adjust/change with time to what suits.

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