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Boardman or Rivelo cycling shoes- wide fitting in the forefoot

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 Bog ninja 31 Jul 2022

Hi there, I recently purchased a second hand road bike and I was thinking of investing in clipless cycling shoes. I have a broad forefoot so I would like to purchase a pair that has plenty of space for my toes but has a relatively narrow heel. In terms of shoes for comparison I get on ok with five ten trail cross flat shoes.  In terms of budget I’d prefer to spend no more than 100 pounds. I would also need to invest in pedals, my current pedals are flat pedals with clips for two bolt mtb cleats on one side, so I would need to change these too to the three bolt version. I heard rivelo and boardman carbon shoes are relatively wide fitting. Has any forum members used these brands before, if so how do you find them in terms of fit and quality? Any other recommendations. 

 Cusco 31 Jul 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

My bike fitter recommended Lake 238s for my wider foot (with a bunion from climbing shoes). They've been amazing and so much better than the Specialised I originally had. Really comfortable and well worth the extra money. 

 Jon Greengrass 31 Jul 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

Bont are about the only manufacturer of cycling shoes that make shoes shaped anything like a human foot. They do a wide fit on most styles and double wide as a custom order.

 Ally Smith 31 Jul 2022
In reply to Cusco:

Lake also suited my similarly shaped foot (wide forefoot and not so wide heel)

OP Bog ninja 31 Jul 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

Thanks everyone for your advice , that’s helped me narrow out my choices 

 Dave B 31 Jul 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

I had to get lake xx wide. They were the only ones that fit me properly. Bont wide weren't  imported to the UK when I wanted them and the normal ones weren't wide enough . Sadly I had to get the £330 ones to get ones that actually fitted.. Half sizes and narrow heels. So nice in comparison to previous shoes. It makes the cheaper mtb shoes I have seen very pedestrian in terms of comfort... As your expect.

I had previous semi-success with mavic, but they changed their last, and pearl izumi... Which I dont  think really exist any more??? Current mtb shoes are northwave, which are ok, but are too narrow in comparison... Kind of wish I'd paid the extra £50 (£170) to get the lake wide again.. 

In reply to Bog ninja:

You don't "need" SPD-SL pedals - if you've got SPDs why not use them with whatever shoes you already have?

If not I've got really wide forefoot and slimmer heels. No problems with Shimano fit across various models. Pearl Izumi fit me too.

OP Bog ninja 01 Aug 2022
In reply to TobyA:

I suppose there’s no reason why I can’t use them, and it would save me money on buying new pedals plus shoes . I’m no expert at road biking so I just assumed maybe road bike specific shoes might be better. Is it correct that mtb shoes are easier to clip out of? My current mtb shoes are flat so the move are the pedal and I thought it would be good to have shoes with cleats to get better power transfer. Our a roads up here are so full of potholes so maybe gravel roads are a better description and a mtb shoe is warranted. I’ll keep in mind your recommendations 

OP Bog ninja 01 Aug 2022
In reply to Dave B:

Hi Dave yes it seems lake seems to be the te consensus but yes the prices for some of the models are very steep

 Doug 01 Aug 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

I've just bought a new gravel bike & have put mtb clipless pedals on it, used with mtb shoes. Shoes/pedals work well on the road as on tracks & paths although maybe dedicated road shoes/pedals might be better (although I doubt I'd notice the notice).

I choose mtb shoes as much as I find them easier for walking when not on the bike as for any other reason.

 RankAmateur 01 Aug 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

I need a wide toebox as well.

My solution is to wear these: https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/apparel-accessories/shimano-series-lsg-2021/SH-SD501.html

Yes, it's a crime against fashion, but they're my all year round, any weather, and temperature go-to.

If it's wet, wear neoprene socks with them. If it's cold, stick a warm pair of socks on. If it's both, double the two up. If it's hot, go as Satan intended...

Post edited at 11:32
 nniff 01 Aug 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

Get a pairt of Shimano single sided SPD touring pedals if you've got SPD shoes that suit.  My commuter has these - https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Shimano-PD-ES600-SPD-Pedals_220858.htm

 nniff 01 Aug 2022
In reply to nniff:

Hmm that link seems not to work -

 Try this 

https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/ultegra-r8000/PD-ES600.html

Post edited at 15:55
OP Bog ninja 01 Aug 2022
In reply to TobyA:

Regarding the shimano shoes, how do you find their shoe size compare to your regular shoe size, I’ve read they come in small

 kevin stephens 01 Aug 2022
In reply to Bog ninja: I ordered 7 different pairs from Wiggle, kept those with the best fit and returned the others.  North Wave were the best fit for my wide feet 

In reply to Bog ninja:

I've had something like 3 or 4 pairs of Shimano shoes going back almost 20 years - 42 works for me as it does in most trainers, walking boots etc.

 Dave B 02 Aug 2022
In reply to Bog ninja:

Just be aware lake use different lasts across the range, and different widths is some lasts. So one shoe may not fit, but another one will.

Hence the cx332 xx fitted me well, but the cx238 x which is just as wide didn't fit me, as the heel was too loose.

Northwave and pearl izumi have a different shape, which isn't as good for me, but their Mtb shoes were OK for the amount I use them 


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