- Why are cycling shoes nearly always narrow fitting?
Why are cycling shoes made so narrow when ordinary shoes are made in width fittings if you need them. Are cycling shoes narrow because they once had to be inserted into toe clips and no one has thought to change now we all use clip-less pedals or flats. I have the devil of a job finding cycling shoes that fit and even Keen who usually make fairly wide fitting shoes make a narrower fitting for their cycling shoes. Why?Posted 4 years ago
It is generally well know that people are bigger now than their parents and grand-parents, surely bigger people will need wider fitting shoes. So I ask again why against all obvious reason are cycling shoes generally narrow fitting?slofoxSubscriber
I will keep looking and trying, but for me some are wider at the ball of the foot but then reduce to a rounded point, whereas my feet are more square and I need width and a broader toe box. The Keens do that but could be wider and the top Velcro strap only just catches as my instep is so high. An instance of that problem is that I can’t get into Northwaves to try them as the neoprene collar is too tight! Thanks for all the suggestions but no one has explained why they can’t have broader fittings more normally now we use clip less and might have to walk if porting the bike occasionally.Posted 4 years agoventana_craigMember
I have the same problem with wide square feet. I have always bought a size too big and put up with the poor fit, that’s until I tried diadora cycling shoes in wide fit. If I’m being honest they aren’t as well made as I would like. I’ve had to glue the sole back down a few times, but fit wise I don’t get any pinching any more.Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
The answer is apparently that Italian lasts (the basis for the shoe shape) were most commonly used as many cycling shoes were made there and in general, the European countries where cycling is popular tend to have people with narrow feet relative to Anglo saxons, etc.
This is changing with the growing popularity of cycling, particularly in the US.
I’ve found Shimano good Fwiw. My bont road shoes are great though.Posted 4 years ago
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