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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:38 am 
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Have been looking into a new pair of shoes and am struggling to find something of a sensible price that fits my requirements. The S Works is pretty much exactly what I want, but can't justify the price. Are there any suitable, cheaper alternatives?

Basic outline of what I want would be a black race shoe in a narrow fit, preferably with BOAs (I dislike Velcro).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:00 am 
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i wouldnt have said the spesh are narrow fit.

Maybe look at planet x and see the fiziks on offer

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:10 am 
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> Velcro

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:27 am 
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you'll be struggling then, if you don't want to pay.

Lake's or 2012?? sworks maybe if you have boat feet and find some NOS somewhere.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:30 am 
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Surely there's a difference between 'paying' and shelling out nearly £300. Could get a bike for that!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:39 am 
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get a bike then, don't bother with the farkin' shoes....

or do your own homework :roll:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:41 am 
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Yawn. How mature.

If you can't offer advice/personal experience then please don't clutter.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:43 am 
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i offered suggestions,
you obviously cant be bothered.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:47 am 
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I apreciate your suggestions. I do however refuse to believe that you can't get a proper shoe for less than the S Works, considering Specialized inflation.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:51 pm 
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There are plenty of 'proper' shoes out there at reasonable prices. But you seem to not want to consider them due to them having velcro or being the wrong fit.

If you like the S Works then I suggest you just 'shell out' for them and enjoy the fact you have some top notch shoes that will last you many years.

Oh, and if you can be bothered to do your homework you'll find those shoes for less than £240.


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http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spiuk/zs15r-road-shoe-ec052285#reviews

black
ratchet + boa type fixing
multiple fittings
cheap.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:09 pm 
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http://www.wiggle.co.uk/spiuk-zs15rc-road-shoe/

Double Boa on the RC15 and they fit the light / narrow requirement. I would have bought some but they size small and the 47 wasn't quite long enough.

I'd also suggest Giro Factor. Very good shoe but you'll have to accept a bit of velcro. I suppose the Empire fits your stated preferences though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:23 pm 
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Fiziks are great. They are kind of a narrow fit on the upper part, but they have a middle sized toe box. The also have a very high built in arch support, so i guess it is not for everybody.
I only tried the r3. The soles are great, full carbon, and very stiff. Great shoes, they are very very well made.

Sidis are the most snug fit pair of shoes i have, they have the smallest toe box, and they generally narrow fit.

Been using a Giro Gauge for my daily commute, and i really like them. The customizable arch support is a great feature. They also have a middle sized toe box. It hugs my foot pretty well. The ratchet system is the best i tried yet, really though, easy to use. The velcros are velcros, not much to say about them. The upper material seems to be very durable, it doesn't really show any sign of wear after six moths of everyday use.

I just ordered a pair of Giro Factor shoes in black, from bike-discount.de, as they are on sale now for 176 euros. They have the EC90 sole, which should be just as stiff as any other high end carbon soled shoes. Factors have two velcros, so you might not like it, but oh well, for this price, its okay for me. I highly recommend you looking into Giro's offerings, they make great shoes, that is for sure.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:01 pm 
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I have two pair of Lake road shoes (CX330) with BOA system and have in general been quite happy with them. One pair has 4 seasons of riding an avg of 4 days/wk and is still going strong. The Kangaroo leather is very durable and the carbon sole has held up just fine. The replacement model CX331 can be had for well under $300 with some searching for a sale. I think I paid $240 for the CX331 pair I bought last year.

I do have a narrow heel which the BOA secures nicely on these. I do use the Esole insoles with these shoes.


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In general, Sidi's are about the narrowest you'll get. Any of the Specialized shoes are quite wide.

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