I picked up a pair of Sidi Shots over Black Friday at a nice discount. Spent the last two weeks riding Maui in them and they are solid - typically Sidi. I do like a little more arch support so I use Giro insoles that allow you to adjust the arch support.
Did you see the new prototype S-Works at the Tour Down Under that look to be built to be super light? Look interesting…
I’m on the Sworks 6 road (42.5 wide) and the Giro Empire (43) on Mtb.
I haven’t tried out the Giro Techlace but it’s on the list, since I get some big toe pressure on the Sworks and from what I’ve looked at, the Techlace has a similar form factor to the Empires. The texture on the Giros have worked well and if I could transfer the heal cup from the Spesh ones I would, since I find the Giro to be a bit low.
I’ve tried most of the Fizik models but at least for my foot, the dial and lace positions haven’t worked right enough for me to ever mount cleats on them.
I’ve also heard really good things about the top end Shimano S-Phyre. Several friends have them and love them.
I have Bont Vaypor S. They are a great fit for my wider foot and their online measurement guidelines were spot-on for my feet.
They are nice and stiff, but still comfortable.
I’ve previously ridden some S-works, then Sidi Ergo 4’s prior to the Bonts. I found that the Bont’s held my heel better than the previous shoes and also had a much stiffer sole. So much so that I hit new peak power PR’s for the first week or so after getting them!
I was very worried about this same thing. I like to double check my snugness at the line and just make sure everything is dialed - no pun intended! With the BOA that was pretty easy. With the laces and the way I wrap them around my sole, I can quickly adjust if need be. But so far, no need to. I had some LG middle of the pack shoes and I would still be using those if the sole didn’t start to deteriorate. EDIT: The quick ability to adjust while on the fly and adjust on the bike while pedaling isn’t possible here @Jonathan but I really tighten these down and they haven’t gotten loose. Then again, my feet do not really shrink. They are narrow though and I have small/slim ankles so finding a shoe that works has been tough.
I mostly agree, but I always assumed I needed a shoe with a wide toe box due to pressure on the outside of my 5th toe and 5th metatarsal. Once I got custom insoles made, I realized I can comfortably fit in narrow, low volume shoes. If the foot isn’t properly supported throughout it’s entire length, it tends to widen out. I’d venture a guess that there are plenty of people out there in a similar situation that think they need wide shoes, but they actually just need a custom insole.
FWIW, I’m not talking about Giro’s shim system or Specialized’s insoles. I tried every one of them and while the +++ from Specialized got close, it still wasn’t sufficient.
I now find that I have excess room in the forefoot of Specialized shoes once they wear in. I can get around that with more tightening, but the continued wear of the upper only makes that a temporary solution.
Sidi Tech 8s for moto (a few years ago) sidi Genius Mega for road shoes, love the fit. For some reason I tried to support a lbs and try Giro mtb shoes but they feel like garbage on my feet. Actually the 75$ giro shoes felt better than the 250$ version. Finally switched to Sidi Dragons mega mtb shoes and again love the fit.
I need wide because I have bunions and narrow heals so these are the best fit for me. Admittedly never have tried shimano or sworks shoes.
I’m a massive fan of the Giro Empire SLX. They are super light, really stiff and the most comfortable shoe I’ve worn. I’ve found that with the laces you can get a much better fit than any other closure system I’ve used. I’ve never once in 4 seasons of using them had the laces come loose. I highly recommend them.
Following this, but I have a minor digression…how often “should” one replace shoes? I’ve been on the same pair for several years now and they are cosmetically fine, but does the sole wear out/lose stiffness? The uppers do feel noticeably looser than when I first bought them so I’ve been thinking it’s time to upgrade. Thoughts?