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    Which Road Bike Shoes????

    Ok, looking for some opinions. My wife and I want to upgrade our shoes. We currently have Pearl Izumi's. Anyone have any suggestions. We have looked at LG, Shimano, and several others, right now we are leaning toward the LG. We are looking to spend around $200.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Maybe try on a few in that price range and buy the ones that feel the best? Just a thought.

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    Slightly off line from your post, but I prefer lightweight mountain bike shoes and pedals, so I can comfortably walk around when off the bike on a ride. I use Eggbeater Candy 1 pedals and Specialized S works shoes. According to my scale, the eggbeater Candy 1s are 262 grams (pedals and clips) and that is 10 grams lighter than my carbon fiber look keo road bike pedals & clips. My lightweight mtb shoes are 10 grams heavier than my road shoes, so overall the weight is exactly the same. I just thought I would bring this up since you are about to buy some new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JShoot View Post
    Ok, looking for some opinions. My wife and I want to upgrade our shoes. We currently have Pearl Izumi's. Anyone have any suggestions. We have looked at LG, Shimano, and several others, right now we are leaning toward the LG. We are looking to spend around $200.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    J.Shoot
    What about your current shoes is causing you to want to upgrade? Why are you leaning towards LG?

    It's hard to generalize to a "brand" since they all have such a wide range of offerings. Sort of like saying "I'm leaning towards a GM car..." which could mean anything from a $90k sport-tuned Cadillac to a $15k Chevy econobox.

    Fit trumps everything. I really like Specialized road shoes, mostly because they fit me quite well. Started off with a relatively inexpensive pair two years ago and just recently went with high-end S-Works model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJP Diver View Post
    What about your current shoes is causing you to want to upgrade? Why are you leaning towards LG?

    It's hard to generalize to a "brand" since they all have such a wide range of offerings. Sort of like saying "I'm leaning towards a GM car..." which could mean anything from a $90k sport-tuned Cadillac to a $15k Chevy econobox.

    Fit trumps everything. I really like Specialized road shoes, mostly because they fit me quite well. Started off with a relatively inexpensive pair two years ago and just recently went with high-end S-Works model.
    The OP gave very little info... which leads to me to believe they tried on various shoes at the LBS, which is why they are leaning to LG
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    I really like my S-Works shoes. They are the only ones that feel right to me. They cost more than $200 but Specialized has some lower cost models. Sidi makes nice shoes but they don't fit me comfortably but my wife likes hers. Comfort and pedaling efficiency are important. Unfortunately like most footwear there is trial and error involved.

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    Second the lightweight MTB shoes. It's nice being able to walk like a normal person.

    I've still got a pair of "Road shoes", but I pretty much only use them on my trainer.
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    I'm looking at taking the plunge on a pair of Bont shoes, or Giros.

    BONT :: Cycling shoes, Custom made, Aerodynamic light weight cycling shoes
    Cycling Shoes, Bike Shoes, Biking Shoes, Mens Cycling Shoes - Giro

    Anybody had any experience with either? Apparently Bont's time trial shes are UCI illegal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordy748 View Post
    I'm looking at taking the plunge on a pair of Bont shoes, or Giros.

    BONT :: Cycling shoes, Custom made, Aerodynamic light weight cycling shoes
    Cycling Shoes, Bike Shoes, Biking Shoes, Mens Cycling Shoes - Giro

    Anybody had any experience with either? Apparently Bont's time trial shes are UCI illegal...
    Bonts have a really high arch otherwise they fit somewhere between Shimano and Sidi. Toe box is plenty wide, heel cup is comfy. But the high arch takes some getting used to.
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    A few years ago, I bought the higher end Shimano road shoes. They sell a wide and regular size -- I have wide feet. They fit great -- I was really pleased with how stiff the carbon soles were. About a week later, I bought a pair of their carbon soled mountian bike shoes. I use them for commuting and they're great as well.

    No experience with LG. I do think that carbon soles make a noticable difference both in stiffness and weight.

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    Sidi if you want the best!

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    I ride Sidi on both road and trail bikes. Cant speak for other brands because these fit great and last. My Dominator 5 MTB shoes are 7 years old and Genius 5.5 road are about 4. The soles started to flex on the previous Genius 5 after 5 years so I upgraded to the 5.5.
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    I would say that trying Sidi and Specialized would be really good starting points if you don't already have some shoe preferences. From many of the people I have talked to it seems one of those almost always works out well/feels pretty good.

    The Sidi's if you have a bit more narrow foot/like the slightly more snug feel
    The Spec if your foot is a bit more "volume" or you like a bit of the wiggle room

    The nice thing is that both of these brands should be easy enough to find at a local shop to try on

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    Just a couple of suggestions:
    1. Shop for shoes late in the day when your feet are at their largest.
    2. If you can afford it buy shoes with carbon fiber soles. They make a HUGE difference in comfort. Not carbon composite, carbon fiber.
    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    One thing I would mention to you is the fit. My LBS said that you should buy your shoes snug so they don't pull out when hammering out something intense. For me unfortunately, after an hour or so in the saddle my feet swell up and cramp so I had to buy another pair because the snug fitting shoes were a nightmare. I went for the Specialized S Works because of the BOA lacing system that allows me to loosen the fit on the fly. I have never been happier, incredible shoes!

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    Thanks,

    Thanks for all the feedback. We have been to several LBS and tried on several brands. Its just hard to make a decision without riding on them. That's why I asked the question. I know some shoes hold up better than others and didn't want to drop $400 or $500 on 2 pair of shoes to realize later they weren't exactly what we wanted.

    I like to research products before I buy, and someone that has personal experience usually has a good opinion.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone that responded.

    J.Shoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by JShoot View Post
    Ok, looking for some opinions. My wife and I want to upgrade our shoes. We currently have Pearl Izumi's. Anyone have any suggestions. We have looked at LG, Shimano, and several others, right now we are leaning toward the LG. We are looking to spend around $200.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    Thanks,
    J.Shoot
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