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 Post subject: High Volume toe shoes?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:46 pm 
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Hey Everyone!

Alright so I understand this might seem like another typical "What shoes should I get question" however there are actually some really specific conditions I'm looking for some advice/help on.

Right now I ride Bont A2's size 42.5 and I absolutely LOVE them, best shoes I have ever had, love the stiffness, the feeling everything! However, I ride with eSoles and recently have added a "toe lift" under my big toe to help cant my right foot to correct for some morphological and functional asymmetries. This toe lift has done a great job in really improving my knee tracking and actually relieving some of the pressure I used to feel on that right knee.

The problem however, is that now the right shoe is a bit too tight in the toes. What I'm curious about is does anyone have experience with some shoes that might have a more high volume toe box? I'm interested in something that has more vertical area in the toe region, wiidth wise the Bont's are perfect but vertically I could use some extra space. I have heard Sidi Mega have a pretty "high toe" in terms of volume but I was hoping for some personal experience on shoes to look at.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Check out Northwave Extreme Tech shoes. They have a lot of vertical toe room. I use Specialized footbeds which are quite thick but there's still plenty of space.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:53 pm 
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Actually I think the Northwave Extreme with the 3 velcro has a bigger toe box than the Extreme Tech.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:48 pm 
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I have specialized s works and they come with geometry to cant your toe and have a very big toe box. I have normal feet and have too much room. I'm sure even with an insert they woul be good.

I have some of their clothes too and they're just ok so if you've tried them before don't let that be a reflection on the quality of the sworks shoes.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:45 pm 
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I'll second the Specialized S-Works shoes. Not a terribly wide toebox, but it's very tall.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:50 am 
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I have wide feet and found average size Sidi, DMT and even Shimano to hurt. I was on Pearl Izumi for a while and they fit well, but I have to agree that the Specialized shoes have a more generous toe box, even with the built-in orthotic stuff. One thing you could try is going here, select any shoe. Below the description is a "shoe fitter" app that lets you compare two models. Bont isn't on the list, but it will graphically show you which shoes have bigger or smaller toe boxes, heels, etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:32 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I will definitely look into the Specialized first since I can find those locally. Northwave might be a bit trickier but worth a shot depending on how Specialized goes.

Also, that shoe fitter is pretty cool! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:38 am 
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Of course I would and should mention our own shoes...Vittoria. 100% made in Italy and available in a high and low volume toebox as well as four widths and a multi-length for people with two different length feet. These option, all of them are available on any model shoe we make. More sizes, widths, models, colors and a lifetime warranty.

www.vittoria-shoes.com


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In my hunt for the perfect (Giro Factor) shoe I ruled out Northwave, Specialized and Mavic for having a toe box that was too high for me (the Mavic managed to be both too narrow and to tall).


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+1 for S-Works. I know I'm just piling on at this point, but I love these shoes. They bring a smile to my face everytime I put them on.

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racingcondor wrote:
In my hunt for the perfect (Giro Factor) shoe I ruled out Northwave, Specialized and Mavic for having a toe box that was too high for me (the Mavic managed to be both too narrow and to tall).

Why is that a problem? I can understand too little room.


I found Mavic Zxellium were not that roomy vertically with Spec footbeds fitted. They were a little better with stock footbeds but I was concerned I would end up putting a toe through the mesh upper even though they were very comfortable.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:27 pm 
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The A2s are heat moldable right? Why don't you just heat them and use the round end of a screwdriver to push it up to increase to volume. The carbon tube can move quite a bit. The other method is to tape something to your toe and place it in the warm shoe and let it mold to the new shape.


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Mavic Zxellium will come in a "maxi" version for next road season, but I am not sure when the shoe will be available to the public. It may be already; I have not inquired yet as I am riding my CX at the moment (with S-Works shoes).


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MavicZach has mentioned them in another thread. I think they'd be too big for me. I've got a standard width foot with a narrow heel.


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vittoriashoes wrote:
Of course I would and should mention our own shoes...Vittoria. 100% made in Italy and available in a high and low volume toebox as well as four widths and a multi-length for people with two different length feet. These option, all of them are available on any model shoe we make. More sizes, widths, models, colors and a lifetime warranty.

http://www.vittoria-shoes.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


I so want a pair of Vittoria shoes but availability seems limited in Australia...

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