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View Poll Results: Do you buy a bigger sized cycling shoe?

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  • Yes

    7 50.00%
  • No

    5 35.71%
  • I buy men's cycling shoes

    2 14.29%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Do You Buy A Bigger Sized Cycling Shoe?

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    Do you buy a bit larger to allow for foot swelling?

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Marin County CA
    I have to buy men's because I am a women's 11. I buy cycling shoes slightly larger, but not as large as running shoes. There's a fine line for me between shoes big enough to accommodate swelling and shoes so big they allow my foot to slide down in the shoe when i stand to pedal, causing my toes to hit the end and damage the toenail. I finally grew a toenail back from this happening in a 400k last year.

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Next time I will if I can find the cycling shoes of my choice that are a little bigger but not TOO big. My Mavics fit perfectly but this means my toes can get a bit numb on longer/hotter rides when my feet tend to swell.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Denver, CO
    Sort of. Mine are size 42, which is sometimes considered a 9, sometimes a 9.5 for American sizing. I've been able to fit into a 41 before, as well, and have shoes that are as small as an 8.5 for street wear. It's really more the shoe's fit than anything. I buy all my shoes (cycling, street) at the end of the day when my feet are more swollen, so I can determine if they are comfortable then. Theoretically, they should be comfortable all other times as well.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    I answered no because I buy shoes to fit the season, the socks, the use, etc. So my question is "bigger than what?"

    Have you tried playing with your electrolyte intake to see if it affects the swelling?
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

  6. #6
    It's ending. For me, I do seem to be in shoes half a size bigger than normal and this is the case with running shoes too, I guess a lot of it is to do with your feet swelling up while your training.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2013
    north woods of Wisconsin
    I now run flat pedals with pins on all my bikes, so no longer need or bother with cycling specific shoes. I just use a variety of shoes, depending on the season, everything from sandals in the summer, to hiking shoes and even wool lined pack boots in sub zero temps. My requirement for shoes is that they have soles that give good grips on my flat pedals (all have pins) and that the shoes are suitable for walking in the event of a breakdown. Not saying flats are better, just that they are better for me and my riding - lots of moving around on the pedals and seat when trail riding, sometimes even dropping a leg to make a tight turn. For road biking, was getting way too many cramps in my feet when locked in. No change in my average speed, anyway.

    Has to be one in every crowd, I guess.
    Last edited by north woods gal; 05-05-2017 at 09:31 AM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    I wear size 7 in regular shoes but my road cycling shoes are 39.5 which is more than 8. My feet are kind of wide though....
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Concord, MA
    I wear a size 5.5 or 6 shoe (36), but always wear 37 cycling shoes.
    I learned this the hard way...
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Montreal, QC
    My clipped-on shoes (when training in the basement) are same size as my regular shoes. I do find them a little tighter. They are Louis Garneau Women S Ls 100 Road Shoes. Love them a lot.

    For riding outside, I'm using Giro Whynd Clipless Mountain Bike Shoes but not using the clipped-on system. I have a mini toe clip. I just can't ride with my feet locked-in, fell a few times and I can't afford to damage my already-too-damaged knees. The harder sole is perfect for pushing more.

    So my shoes are same size as my normal shoes but for the road bike ones, I think I could use half point bigger.
    Riding a 2014 Specialized Amira LS4 Expert - aka The Zebra!
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