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Question about Road Shoes

  • 24 Jun 2013 11:02 AM
    Message # 1325693
    Just got my first bike which has Shimano 105 pedals on it..There are so many choices on shoes and i was wondering how much difference does a 85$ shoe make as compared to 200+ shoe. Not really sure but any help is greatly appreciated. 
  • 25 Jun 2013 12:29 AM
    Reply # 1326263 on 1325693
    Andrew R Stewart (Administrator)

    If he shoe fits and works with the cleat needs then wear it. Like wine, shoe differences from costly to cheap is hard to define but is understand after some experience. You will have to find the sweet spot for your self. Andy.


  • 26 Jun 2013 9:24 AM
    Reply # 1327365 on 1325693
    Deleted user
    Some bike shoes are made to walk as well as bike. If it is a walk style shoe, test the shoe in the store for a few minutes.

    Most bike shops have a bike set up on a trainer. Ask if you can test the shoe for a few minutes on a fast and slow spin.

    The shoe must fit comfortable, not pinching the toes and your foot must not lift out of the heel.

    But only riding for several hours will determine if you picked the 'right' one.

    I had a pair of $150.00 shoes that mainly remained in a closet for years until I found a club rider that
    rode away with them on one day. I recouped enough to buy a few shoe laces.
  • 26 Jun 2013 9:41 AM
    Reply # 1327370 on 1325693
    thank you so much.. I will go to a bike store and try couple out and see how they fit..I know i will fall several times before i get used to them but everyone, i talked to,  say they are worth it. 
  • 18 Jul 2013 8:38 PM
    Reply # 1343797 on 1325693
    Deleted user

    I bought my first pair of nice shoes a few years ago after doing some research.  I found much of what you pay for is in the rigidity of the sole.  There are different materials from plastic to carbon. The more expensive ones have a firmer sole and they are rated by number.  The higher numbers are firmer and firmer soles transfer more of your effort to the pedal.  Trust me this is more important than you think.  Next is the way the shoe secures to your foot. Some are velcro, others have a ratcheting device which is much nicer for a tight fit which you can easily adjust even during a ride.  My pair has a wheel which I can turn which pulls a cable to tighten the shoe. LOVE them. Obviously the fit is crucial and since they can get expensive you should be sure the fit is good.  Park Ave has a great device for making sure the fit is correct and I highly recommend them.  One thing you can be sure of is that you get what you pay for but shop around for the best price.

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