7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.
I splurged on these after I had my primary shoes fail on me while training. I'm glad I did. These Shimano shoes are the most comfortable bike shoes I've ever had on my feet. It's actually not even a comparison.
Of course this is subjective, so it's not going to be true for everyone.
The fit is spot on the size chart, I'm a 10.5 US sizing in pretty much every shoesneaker I own, and I picked these in 45 Euro and they feel the same. For comparison, I'm a 44 in Specialized, and a 45 in Sidi. The Sidi is cut narrow compared to the Shimano 45, but the Shimano is not wide, just fits more traditionally than the Euro cut brands. The Sidi fits me fine, I have no issues with it, but the Shimano is just more roomy.
I have not owned the shoes long enough to get them custom fit to my foot, I actually don't see a reason to do it, but I may at some point if I can track down a place that has the machine to do it. I left the stock arch supports in place, I have a medium arch, pretty much very normal foot with normal pronation, nothing out of the ordinary to warrant changing that around.
The materials are very soft, and the shoe is very easy to get into, no tugging or wiggling your foot back and forth.
The absolute greatest thing I've found is that the ratchet buckle, no matter how tight you make it, does not seem to pinchcut off circulation to your foot like every other shoe seems to. It's very snug, and somehow doesn't do it in a way to mess with your comfort.
The buckle itself separates from the strap too, it's backwards from how normal shoes do it, but it takes 1 second to figure it out. Normally like on a Sidi, you push the strap into the buckle, which is fixed to the shoe. On the Shimano, the buckle detaches from the strap, which is bolted to the shoe. Makes more sense if you see it and use it.
The sole is stiff and I notice no hot spots or anything. The hot spots are generally caused by your feet moving around somehow in the shoe. With how these fit, I have zero issues.
Love them, Shimano rocks, I'm a believer in this shoe.
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