Wide Cycling Shoes – 10 of the Best for Road & Mountain Biking

Have you had trouble getting wide cycling shoes?

There’s an old saying “look after your feet…….”

..well that’s it really. Just “look after your feet”, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Cycling shoes don’t “break-in” like leather shoes do, this is because they are made from a solid mould and have a rigid (normally carbon fiber or composite) sole. The result is that having a poorly fitting shoe from the outset, will cause lots of discomfort and potentially injury; so it’s worth getting it right!

If like me, you’ve got great big clob hoppers, you’ll need to find yourself some extra wide cycling shoes. It’s not easy to find comfortable shoes if you’ve got wide feet, so this guide will run your through the best bike shoes for wide feet. If you’re looking for indoor cycling shoes be sure to check out our guide to spin shoes.

These are the shoes we’ll look at:

Getting the Right Size Shoe

If you’ve got wide feet, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the pinch of ill fitting shoes.

Cycling shoes that don’t fit will end up causing you pain and sometimes muscle cramps. Your cycling shoes should be stiff. This provides the best transfer of power from your feet to your pedals. But if they are uncomfortable in anyway, this is a sign they don’t fit.

If your toes are touching the end of the shoe when stood up, they are too small. If when you lift your heels there are a gap between your foot and the shoe, they are too large. You want enough room to wiggle your toes. For most people this is 5mm of movement space in the toe box.

 

Top Brands for wide cycling shoes

Shimano Cycling Shoes

Shimano started in Japan back in 1921. Their focus is, and always has been:

To promote health and happiness through the enjoyment of nature and the world around us

They have been building precision engineered components for almost 100 years. Starting with bike freewheels, and then expanding the biking components. After covering the bike market, Shimano expanded into fishing reels, rods and rowing equipment.

Shimano now make cycling shoes (including wide cycling shoes), pedal, wheels, clothing and all other cycling accessories.

Shimano’s high-end products are at the center of all professional cycling events.

Shimano have really set the standard for a lot of bike equipment. The SPD cleat (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) for example, is the standard for clipless cleats.

Shimano use european shoe sizing.

shimano shoe sizing chart for men and women

 

For more details see Shimano shoe sizing

Shimano Shoe Sizing Chart

Here’s a quick reference table for sizing shimano shoes.
SIDI Cycling Shoes

SIDI started back in 1960 in a workshop producing footwear for mountain sports. They then started to specialize in cycling shoes in the 1970s.

At the time most people nailed cleats onto the sole of their shoes! So Dino Signori the founder of SIDI developed, shoes with built in cleats.

Today SIDI are one of the most popular cycling shoes for professionals.

The SIDI MEGA range is specifically designed for cyclists with wider feet. They are 4mm wider across the ball of the foot. They have more volume, a higher instep and a wider heel cup and are equivalent to EE or EE width.

SIDI Shoe Sizing Chart

SIDI Size UK Shoe US Male Shoe cm
40 5.5 6.5 25 cm
40.5 5.75 6.75 25.25 cm
41 6 7 25.5 cm
41.5 6.5 7 25.75 cm
42 7 8 26 cm
42.5 7.25 8.25 26.25 cm
43 7.5 8.5 26.5 cm
43.5 8 9 26.75 cm
44 8.5 9.5 27 cm
44.5 8.75 9.75 27.25 cm
45 9 10 27.5 cm
45.5 9.5 10.5 27.5 cm
46 10 11 28 cm
46.5 10.2 11 28.25 cm
47 10.5 11.2 28.5 cm
48 11.5 12.5 29 cm

 

Lake Cycling Shoes

Lake specializes in one thing and one thing only, making great cycling shoes.

They are head quartered on the shore of Lake Michigan. Working in the coldest temperatures in all North America paid has paid dividends. It drove innovation for the ultimate cold weather cycling boot the MXZ303. As well as the offroad cycling boots, lake also make great road cycling shoes.

 

Top 10 Extra Wide Cycling Shoes for Road & Mountain Bikes

10 Gavin VELO Road Bike Shoes

 

The Gavin VELO are wide road bike shoes.

They come in two-tone black and red, with an upper made from synthetic leather and breathable mesh, helping to keep them lightweight and cool.

gavin velo wide road bike shoes right

The toe box is well vented to keep your feet cool. They are closed with a ratchet and hook and loop strap.

gavin velo wide road bike shoes top

The outsole is made of fiberglass further adding to the features which keep this shoe cool while pedaling. The heel cup is molded to help keep the heel stable.

The Gavin VELO are compatible with Look, SPD, SPD-R & SPD-SL cleats.

gavin velo wide road bike shoes sole

Their wide cleat compatibility and affordably low price makes them an ideal starter shoe for the road or even spinning.

9 Shimano SH-M200 SPD Mountain Bike Shoes

The Shimano SH-M200 is a wide width mountain bike / trail shoe. The upper is made from synthetic leather and it has carbon reinforced nylon sole.

shimano sh-m200 wide mountain bike shoes right

They have dual-density extra cushioned insoles. They keep your pedal stroke stable and help cushion and absorb shock, protecting your toes, foot and heel.

They use 2 bolt SPD type cleat. The cleat is not included but available separately

Shimano SPD bike cleat

shimano sh-m200 wide mountain bike shoes sole

The SH-M200 include the torsion balance, Torbal midsole, which helps the foot to move naturally while going downhill instead of staying in just one place. Torbel allows the outsole to twist for sideways movement, yet keeps the forefoot in line with the pedal. However this midsole flexibility is not at the sacrifice of power transfer.

Shimano gives the sole 8 out of 12 in terms of stiffness, which results in a very solid power transfer from you to the pedals. The reinforced heel stabilizer ensures your foot stays in place, with no loss of power while climbing uphill. The collar provides good protection against banging your ankle. If you need to get off and walk the rubber outsoles give you good grip

The SH-M200 are best matched with the Shimano XTR PD-M9020 Trail PedalsShimano XTR PD-M9020 Trail Pedals

shimano sh-m200 wide mountain bike shoes pair

8 Lake CX160-X Wide SPD-SL 3 Bolt Road Cycling Shoes

The Lake CX160-X is a wide road cycling shoe of EE width. The upper is made from leather & breathable mesh, which keeps your foot, dry, cool and comfortable.

lake cx160-x wide road cycling shoes right

They come in either black or white. And have a soft inner which fits snuggly around the heel and ankle. The top is fastened with three wide Velcro straps, which pull metal straps and provide a strong safe fit.

lake cx160-x wide road cycling shoes top

 

They are not SPD compatible but use the 3 bolt clip in (clip less) cleat. Cleats are not included but available separately

Shimano SPD-SL Cleat Set

The clip-less fiberglass-injected nylon sole delivers effective power to pedals with little flex.

lake cx160-x wide road cycling shoes sole

 

They are best suited with Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

These are one of the most affordable road style wide bike shoes available. These are an ideal introduction to cycling shoes, making a great affordable first pair.

7 Shimano SH-M089 (Wide) SPD Trail Enduro Mountain Bike Shoes

The Shimano SH-M089 wide are SPD mountain bike shoes.

They come in either black or white with an upper made from synthetic leather.

shimano sh-m089 wide mountain bike shoes top

They use 2 bolt SPD type cleat. The cleat is not included but available separately

Shimano SPD bike cleat

The sole is carbon reinforced nylon and includes the torsion balance, Torbal midsole. Torbel helps the foot to move naturally on your descents, so the outsole can twist for lateral movement, while keeping the forefoot in line with the pedal.

shimano sh-m089 wide mountain bike shoes sole

They have a cushioned sole for shock absorption. Shimano rates the midsole on the SH-M089 as 5 out of 12 on their stiffness scale. This means these are ideal if you still want to retain flex in your midsole. If you are looking for something stiffer see the Shimano SH-M200.

They are best matched with the Shimano pedal PD M530

Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedals

6 Shimano Men’s SH-RP3 Road Cycling Shoes

The Shimano SH-RP3 are road cycling shoes.

They are available in both black and white. The top is made from synthetic leather, which is supple and resistant to stretching, making it longer lasting than natural leather.

They have a secure closure system with 2 hook & loop straps

shimano sh-rp3 wide road cycling shoes top

They are not SPD compatible but use the 3 bolt clip in (clip less) cleat. Cleats are not included but available separately

Shimano SPD-SL Cleat Set

shimano sh-rp3 wide road cycling shoes sole

They are best suited with Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

5 Shimano SH-XC61LE Performance Racing Mountain Bike Shoes

The Shimano SH-XC61LE are the wide version of the SH-XC61 performance racing mountain bike shoes.

They come in two-tone black and white, with an upper made from synthetic leather.

shimano sh-xc61le wide mountain bike shoes right

The toe box is well vented to keep your feet cool. The SH-XC61 outsole front section has a number of shaped block designed to give you maximum traction. The pattern sheds mud easily so you shoe stays light and maximized power.

shimano sh-xc61le wide mountain bike shoes pair

They are closed with a ratchet and hook and loop strap, making sure the shoe is comfortable and very stable. This uses Shimano’s Cross X-Strap, which is designed specifically for off road. Pushing your bike uphill increases pressure on the bones and tendons on top of your foot. To avoid this presume and maintain comfort the strap fastener is located at the side of the shoe.

They use 2 bolt SPD type cleat. The cleat is not included but available separately

Shimano SPD bike cleat

shimano sh-xc61le wide mountain bike shoes sole

They are best matched with the Shimano PD-M780 XT Race Pedal

Shimano PD-M780 XT Race Pedal

4 Shimano SH-R321 Road Cycling Shoes

The Shimano SH-R321 are wide road cycling shoes.

They come in two-tone black and white, with an upper made from synthetic leather.

The toe box is well vented to keep your feet cool. They are closed with a ratchet and hook and loop strap.

shimano r321 wide road bike shoes sole

Shimano rates the midsole on the SH-R321 as 12 out of 12 on their stiffness scale. This means maximum power is transferred from your legs to the pedals. If you are looking for something with a bit more flex see the Shimano SH-M200.

The SH-R321 use a 3 bolt type cleat fitting. Cleats are not included but available separately

Shimano SPD-SL Cleat Set

They are best matched with the Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

3 Lake MXZ 303 Wide Winter Mountain Bike Shoes

The Lake MXZ 303 wide, are heavy duty mountain bike shoes.

The upper is made of Pittards full grain leather, which is extremely sturdy and will also soften nicely over time. They have temperature controlling lining in the upper, tongue and toe box and a thermal insulation in the insole. This all combines to ensure your feet stay nice and warm, even if you’re knee deep in snow.

lake mxz 303 wide winter mountain bike shoes top

The neoprene cuff goes over the ankle prevent you getting any watch in from above. They are fastened with a leather flap, which also keeps the wind out. The fastening uses a BOA ratchet and buckle, ensuring you get just the snug fit you want.

lake mxz 303 wide winter mountain bike shoes heel

Getting snow in your shoes can quickly get the better of even the warmest boots, but with an over-ankle neoprene cuff, that won’t be a concern. There’s a leather flap where you’d typically find laces, which serves to block out wind and moisture. It’s held tight by a

lake mxz 303 wide winter mountain bike shoes sole

The Lake MXZ 303 use a 2 bolt MTB cleat such as SPD type cleat. The cleat is not included but available separately

Shimano SPD bike cleat

The outsole is made by Vibram and provide excellent grip for walking through snow.

If you’re cycling in cold climate there is simply nothing better for a wide fit than the Lake MXZ 303 Wide.

2 SIDI ERGO 4 MEGA Road Cycling Shoes

sidi ergo 4 mega wide road cycling shoes left cropped

The Ergo 4 is in SIDI’s “MEGA” range of wide cycling shoes and are built for the road.

They come in either black or white, both with red accents.

What distinguishes the SIDI Ergo 4 shoe is how adjustable they are. You have complete control over the heel cup and you can adjust the wide instep strap to stop pinching on the top of the foot.

sidi ergo 4 mega wide road cycling shoes pair

They are fastened with the SIDI Techno-3 straps and buckles.

The Ergo 4 use a 3 bolt type cleat fitting. Cleats are not included but available separately

Shimano SPD-SL Cleat Set

They are best matched with the Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals:

Shimano PD-R540 SPD-SL Road Pedals

They have a very firm sole made from 12 composite carbon, making it very light, yet still transferring a high rate of power to the pedals. The heel pad is also replaceable should it wear down in time.

sidi ergo 4 mega wide road cycling shoes sole

1 Shimano XC90 Mountain Bike Shoes

The Shimano XC90 are a high performance cross country mountain bike shoe. So you can use them either on or off road.

shimano xc90 blue side

They are available in both normal and wide foot lasts and half sizes. If that’s not enough you can even get them heat molded to your specific foot shape

They come in bright blue or black with blue accents.

The upper is made of Rovenica synthetic leather, which does not absorb water. They are supple and lightweight, with great elasticity. They stretch when needed but return to the same shape for a lifelong fit.

shimano xc90 black edge

They use 2 hook and loop straps, which alternate in direction to wrap around your foot, rather than pull across it. This leads to less pressure on the top of your foot.

The outsole is made from fibre composite, combining the ideal stiffness and weight. The treads are designed to allow mud to clear easily. They also come with toe studs included.

The Shimano XC90 uses the 2 bolt MTB cleat like SPD. The cleat is not included but available separately

Shimano SPD bike cleat

 

They are best matched with the Shimano PD-M780 XT Race Pedal

Shimano PD-M780 XT Race Pedal

For more details see the Shimano XC90 mountain bike shoe review

SHARE