I need to replace my bike shoes and wonder if anyone has recommendations for a particular shoe.
In '09, I wore Specialized Torch women's road shoes with Specialized orthotics. Unfortunately, these shoes didn't provide the volume that my orthotics required in the toe box area, resulting in injury to my big toe (the nail had to be removed after my IM).
Recently, I purchased the Sidi Genius men's road shoes. After wearing them on a few rides, I'm realizing that they are too narrow for my mid-foot, and definitely don't have the volume I need for the orthotics.
While I'm tempted to switch out my pedals and go back to my beloved Pearl Izumi MTB shoes, they don't have the stiffness I want in a road biking shoe and the Crank Bros eggbeater pedals have caused "hot spots". I'm racing in a few HIMs this year - no IMs.
So, any recommendations for a road or tri shoe w/ plenty of volume for orthotics and a large enough toe box? I use Speedplay pedals, and think they work with most road shoes... I'm looking to spend <$200 and care more about comfort and ease of removal than fancy features or weight. And, I'd rather avoid shoes that require more trips to the podiatrist!
If you can find Pearl Izumis with a carbon sole, that should give you the stiffness you want, either in road or mtn. My current shoes are Shimano's (R131) with a carbon sole plate. Buckle top strap and velcro bottom two straps. The combo let me crank down the top strap and keep the toe straps loose on long rides. The midfoot is definitely wider than the Sidis. I tried using them with green Superfeet, but decided that I didn't need the support when riding. They fit ok volume-wise with them in, though. I'm riding Candys/Quattros, and no hot spots. (Using the 3-hole Quattro road cleats on both sets of pedals.) You should be able to find the current version of the Shimanos for less than $200.
What width Sidi's do you have? Sidi is one of the few companies that offers multiple widths -- narrow, regular and mega (wide). If you were wearing the regular width Sidis you might want to try the mega width.
Thanks, Wombat and merlinkim. I hope to try on new shoes soon. One last question - who in the area tends to have the widest selection of road/tri shoes?