Recent NTP "grad" here-- finally decided I like this thing enough to go ahead and buy some bike shoes. Problem is that I've got injury-prone wide feet, especially from the bottom joint of big toe across to bottom joint of pinky (I think people call this the toe box). Running wise, I deal with both the width and injuries by wearing wide stability shoes + custom orthotics, but so far I haven't found any bike shoes that feel good (I've tried both men and women's shoes).
Any tips? Price is a concern (custom shoes are out), but not THE concern. Thanks guys.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to hit up online bike shopes and look for "Megas" (I don't know why, but wide bike shooes are called mega). And they are a bit price - like $150-200 range. But I've had pretty good luck with Sidi's though.
+1 for Sidi's. I also have wide feet so I had to get the mega version. They normally run around 260 i think but I'm pretty sure that they are currently on sale at the performance bike store in rockville. I doubt they have mega because their inventory isn't that great so you'd have to order them online. I was there last week and pretty sure it is down to $200 or so... Revolution Cycles definitely keeps megas in stock so you can head on over there to feel them out and get them cheaper on performancebike.com
They feel great and the toe box has plenty of space. As long as you know your euro size, the mega should be a perfect fit. It's really a great pick up.
Thanks for the advice. Extremesupply.com has a decent selection of Sidi shoes for what looks like the lowest price. I'm excited to get out there with them!