Hi I have a shoe/pedal question and not sure where to post it, didn't see a place that fit perfectly. Please advise if I should move it to another section and I'll delete it from here.
Has anyone tried out the Fizik R3 shoes? I am upgrading from an entry level mixed-use Shimano shoe that I bought a tad too big, and generally I'm ready to try something stiffer anyway.
My issue: I have pretty flat feet (almost no 'natural' arch), but wide across the toe area. I can't handle having my toes pinched up front. I tried on both these shoes and here's what I found (for my foot):
-- Sidi Genius 5's: toe box a little smaller but overall not as high of an arch. But upsized a tiny bit and were fine. Heavier?
-- Fizik R3's: Super comfy, width was not a problem at all. BUT arch was quite high. Lookwise they're nice change from logo-overkill. But you put this shoe on and it's quite a fit, just feels like "woah, there's a big arch support there". They're also $50 more.
Also, what's the wisdom on heel slipping vs. tight, how much is that a factor in the fit? Do you want your heels basically glued into the shoes, or able to move a bit? I'm not going to be racing competitively, so this is bought as a weekend warrior / group ride enthusiast, usually no more than 3 hrs. at a time.
Will a higher arch inside be as noticeable on the bike in the same way if you were running? Or is this an apples vs. oranges use of the shoe so arch support not a huge deal? It's not like I'm jogging in them ;) I'm leaning towards the Fizik's for overall comfort across the top of foot and toes, but has anyone arch pain and had to switch? They felt pretty good in store, but hard to know without putting in some rides. I'm also generally not used to a higher end cycling shoe "feel".
I'm also going to give the Speedplay's a try so chime in if there's magic shoe combo there or if any shoe can work with those. I got the feeling there are shoes made with the 4-hole pattern but that any shoe can accept the Speedplay adapter?
thanks for any sage advice.
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