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  1. #16
    Join Date
    May 2008
    northern Virginia

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    Okay, it turns out that I bought a pair of Bontragers. Specifically the RL Road WSD shoe. I went with white.


    They are not super-wide, but they felt like they were shaped right for my feet and were wide enough to give me some wiggle room at the toes, and also seem a tad longer than my Sidis. They also have great arch support, which I really need. And since Bontrager products have a 30-day comfort guarantee, I have a month to try them out and decide that I'm happy with them.

    I also got new cleats to go with the new shoes, so I can still use the old shoes as a back-up pair if needed. (They put the cleats on the shoes while I waited, even though the store was closed for 20 minutes by the time they finished with the cleats and rang up the sale. They really are great at this LBS. )

    If the Bontragers don't work out, I will probably try a pair of Shimanos.

    Thanks very much for everyone's input!! I hope this thread comes in handy for anyone else searching for a better-fitting shoe, especially folks with wider feet.

    p.s. something interesting to note -- on the Bontrager website, it says that the size I got (41) equates to a 9.5 in US women's shoe sizes. I have never worn a size 9.5 in any shoe in my life -- in Clark's I usually wear an 8.5 and in most other shoes I wear a 9. But a 40.5 (size 9 equivalent) would have been too small in these shoes.
    Last edited by ny biker; 03-12-2013 at 07:14 PM.

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

  2. #17
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Hillsboro, OR
    Quote Originally Posted by OakLeaf View Post
    I wear size 42 Lems (the old Primals). They're still a little long on me, but only by one size ... I tried on a 41 and it was just too narrow. Since I don't run in them, it's hard to say, but it *is* possible they'd be too sloppy on my feet for running. Is there a shop anywhere near you that carries them?
    Yes, multiple ones including my podiatrist (who is the guy who invented 'correct toes'). Unfortunately, all the stores are downtown and not open in the evenings. I might try to squeeze a trip in this weekend. Or, I could just order both sizes and return the ones that don't work, I suppose.

    Thanks for the info!
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