It’s tough being a cyclist with big duck feet. Most cycling shoes that I encounter in the stores tend to be fairly narrow. I’m guessing the thought is that slim shoes would be more aerodynamic – and maybe a little lower in grams.
In the past I’ve gotten more informal trail shoes that are good for hiking when you get off the bike – mainly because it seems like the fit is a little wider. However, I wore a hole in the sides of my Specialized Tahoes and the local bike shop wasn’t going to carry them anymore. I visited several more stores and no one was carrying wide shoes.
The shoes had gotten so run down that I was in an emergency situation. I didn’t have the luxury of shopping around anymore because I needed new shoes for the OMBC championship race. In my rush I settled on a pair of Shimano SH-M088 mountain bike shoes that I bought off of Amazon. I’m reluctant to buy certain items off the internet because you aren’t always sure they will be comfortable without trying them on. Luckily, they fit fairly well. I probably should have bought a size 48 instead of 47, but I didn’t decide that until I had put quite a bit of wear & tear on them.
Are my big flippers a rarity in the cycling world? I feel like I can’t be the only one with wide feet out there. Why aren’t the cycling companies producing wider shoes for those of us with extra foot girth? I’m guessing it’s just a supply vs. demand thing where I fall in the minority.
I decided to do a search and highlight some of the shoes that are available for my wide-footed brethren. If you know of any good shoes for people with wide feet then tell us about it in the comment section.
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Wide Mountain Bike Shoes
This list is not guaranteed to be complete. If you know of a wide mountain bike shoe that is not listed here, then please let me know about it through the contact page or in the comment section. Thanks.
Mountain Bike Shoe Companies
These are companies that produce mountain bike shoes for the North American market. I was amazed at the selection I found as I compiled the list. I was familiar with most of the companies, but I didn’t realize that some of them made shoes. If there is a major company that I missed then please let me know through my contact page or in the comment section.
Bontrager – Wide is available for RL MTB model
Giro – Privateer HV, Gauge HV
Lake – MX175
Shimano – Wide available for SH-M088
Sidi – Makes “Mega” width shoes – Dominator Fit Mega
Other Mountain Bike Shoe Companies
Couldn’t find a website for these. If you have a link or some other information about them, then let me know through the contact page or the comment section and I will update it.
Carnac – Small French company
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