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Wide Cycling Shoes – The Best for Road & Mountain Biking

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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 mold 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!

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 is 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.

Women’s feet are a different shape to men, so for ladies shoes also check our guide on women’s spinning shoes.

Top Brands for wide cycling shoes

Shimano Cycling Shoes

shimano logo

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

Here’s a quick reference table for sizing shimano shoes. For more details see Shimano shoe sizing

shimano shoe sizing chart for men and women

SIDI Cycling Shoes

sidi logo

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 SizeUK ShoeUS Male Shoecm
405.56.525 cm
40.55.756.7525.25 cm
416725.5 cm
41.56.5725.75 cm
427826 cm
42.57.258.2526.25 cm
437.58.526.5 cm
43.58926.75 cm
448.59.527 cm
44.58.759.7527.25 cm
4591027.5 cm
45.59.510.527.5 cm
46101128 cm
46.510.21128.25 cm
4710.511.228.5 cm
4811.512.529 cm

Lake Cycling Shoes

lake logo

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 has paid dividends. It drove innovation for the ultimate cold weather cycling boot the MXZ303. As well as the off-road cycling boots, lake also make great road cycling shoes.

Lake sizing guide

MilimetersEUUS Men’sUS Women’sStandardWideStandardWideStandardWideExtra WideStandardWide
224.5 – 227364.55.585 87 83  78 
230.5 – 234375.56.587 88 85  80 
234.5 – 23737.56.07.088 89 85    
237.5 – 240386.57.589 90 87  82 
240.5 – 24338.56.757.7590 91 87    
243.5 – 246397.08.09199.76921048897.8100.2484100.2
246.5 – 25039.57.58.592100.76931058898.8101.24  
250.5 – 253407.758.7593101.76941068999.8102.2486101.2
253.5 – 25640.58.09.094102.769510790100.8103.24  
256.5 – 260418.59.595103.769610891101.8104.2488103.2
260.5 – 26341.59.010.096104.769710992102.8105.24  
263.5 – 266429.510.597105.769811093103.8106.2490105.2
266.5 – 27042.59.7511.098106.769911194104.8107.24  
270.5 – 2734310.011.599107.7610011295105.8108.2492106.7
273.5 – 27643.510.5 100108.7610111396106.8109.24  
276.5 – 2804411.0 101109.7610211497107.8110.2494108.2
280.5 – 28344.511.5 102110.7610311598108.8111.24  
283.5 – 2864511.75 103111.7610411699109.8112.2496110.7
286.5 – 29045.512.0 104112.76105117100110.8113.24  
290.5 – 2934612.5 105113.76106118101111.8114.2498112.2
293.5 – 29646.513.0 106114.76107119103112.8115.24  
296.5 – 3004713.5 107115.76108120103113.8116.24100114.2
303.5 – 3064814.0 109116.76110122105115.8118.24102116.2
313.5 – 316.55015.0 113120.76114126108119.8122.24106120.2

Tommaso

Tommaso provide some of the most popular budget ranged cycling shoes available.

Here’s a size conversion for Tommaso shoes.

EU
US (Men)US (Women)CM
37723.6
387.524.3
398.525
407.5925.6
4181026.3
42910.527
431011.527.6
4410.528.3
4511.529
461229.6
471330.3
481430.9
4914.531.6

BOA fastening

Here’s a simple demonstration video of how the BOA fastenings work:

Best Extra Wide Cycling Shoes for Road & Mountain Bikes

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.

The toe box is well vented to keep your feet cool. They are closed with three velcro fastenings for an easy secure fit.

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

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

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

Matching cleats

Summary

  • Suitable for road cycling or spinning
  • Fits both 2 bolt SPD & 3 bolt Look Delta cleats
  • One of the cheapest

Lake MXZ-303 Men's Winter cycling boots

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Matching cleats

Summary

Tommaso Strada 100

The key difference between the Tommaso Strada 100 and the Strada 200 is the top fastening. The 100 uses a velcro strap, where the 200 has a ratchet buckle.

The top of the shoes have mesh inserts for ventilation and a reinforced toe box.

Underneath the shoe has air port for ventilation of the underside of your foot.

The heal and toe have non-skid walking strips to allow a small amount of walking, but these are primarily intended for road or spin use.

All Tommaso cycling shoes have bolt holes for both 2 and 3 hole cleats, making them compatible with all types of bikes.

They are available with cleat included, just chose the cleat type you prefer when ordering.

Summary

  • Compatible with any cleats
  • Cleats included – so choose the pair based on the style of spin bike you will be riding

Tommaso Strada 200

Tommaso Strada 200 unlike the Strada 100 has a buckle ratchet fastening with two velcro straps.

The ratchet fastening allows you to make minor adjustments while riding, by feeding or releasing another tooth through through the ratchet. This can make a big difference as your feet swell during a long ride

The top of the shoes have mesh inserts for ventilation and a reinforced toe box.

Underneath the shoe has air port for ventilation of the underside of your foot.

The heal and toe have non-skid walking strips to allow a small amount of walking, but these are primarily intended for road or spin use.

As will all other Tommaso shoes the Strada 200 has bolt holes for both 2 and 3 hole cleats, making it compatible with all bikes.

They are available with cleat included, just chose the cleat type you prefer when ordering.

Summary

  • Compatible with any cleats
  • Cleats included – so choose the pair based on the style of spin bike you will be riding

Tommaso Pista

The Pista 100 from Tommaso are the most popular women’s spinning shoes. They come with cleats to fit any spin bike and are one of the cheapest available.

The upper is synthetic leather with padding to hug your foot.
The toe box and top has mesh, which maximises ventilation. The ventilation is further aided by the breathability of the tongue and inner liner.

They fasten with three hook and loop velcro straps. These provide a comfortable, secure fit while remaining adjustable mid-spin.

The sole uses reinforced nylon, for efficient power transfer. On the sole are non-skid walking strips.

They fit both SPD 2 bolt clips or SPD-SL / Look Delta cleats. This means they will work with whichever spin bike you are going to be riding. They come with cleats included, so choose the right pair based on the spin bike you’ll be using.

The Tommaso Pista 100 are ideal particularly if this is your first time of buying spin shoes.

Other designs

Summary

  • Compatible with any cleats
  • Cleats included – so choose the pair based on the style of spin bike you will be riding
  • Most popular with women for spin class

Sidi Genius 7 MEGA

The MEGA is Sidi’s range for wide feet. The MEGA last is 4mm wider across the ball of the foot than normal last. It also has greater volume in the high instep and wider heel cup. They are a EE to EEE width.

The upper is made of synthetic fibre with plenty of breathability and water repellence. The upper also includes several mesh panels and perforations for further ventilation.

The two lower velcro straps have extra integrated locking teeth. This makes the closure more secure and the straps unmoveable.

The top strap uses a two way ratchet caliper buckle , making tightening and loosening easy.

The tongue includes a padding to help prevent pressure on the top of your foot.

The heal is reinforced to avoid deforming over time. The SIDI logo on the heel is reflective for increased visibility at night.

The heal grip is replaceable, meaning you can keep the shoes even longer by just cheaply buying another*.  The sole is nylong with carbon injected

Other designs

Matching cleats

Summary

Lake CX237

Even the non-wide version of the Lake CX237 is still wide.

The upper is made from real leather. There are many side perforations and a side gauze for ventilation.

They are fastened with the BOA dial system.

The insole is ventilated to prevent too much sweating. The insoles also include a metatarsal button, which helps blood flow in your foot, preventing numbness.

The sole if full carbon for maximum power transfer and fit 3 bolt Look Delta cleats.

Other designs

Matching cleats

Summary

Shimano RC7

Shimano’s RC7 are race focused shoes, available in standand and wide size.

There is a lot of perforation for ventilation in the upper and tongue.

That sole is carbon and is a 10 out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale.

The heel has rubber and the toe has a bumper to protect the sole while walking.

The RC7 are available in both white and black, standard and wide sizes.

They have been recently redesigned to remove the velcro fastening and use the boa dial system. They are east to adjust and provide great comfort. 

Other designs

shimano rc7 black wide shoes

Summary