What shoes (women)

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  • We have different shaped feet to men, so I'd say this warrants it's own thread.

    Shoe recommendations and questions.

  • I have one.

    I'd like a pair of trainers that are good for commuting, potentially waterproof / resistant a bit, that I can wear in the (casual) office.
    Not cleats, just nice shoe / trainers that are better than cons for cycling in.
    What y'all wearing on your feet?

    Also, I'd welcome ideas about what I should be wearing on my summer European tour next year, non cleats.

    Thanks ladies.

  • ditto

  • I can't be bothered with clipless for commuting so I usually just wear my Vans most days. There's so much much material and padding involved in them that rain never gets time to seep anywhere near my socks, I've had warm dry feet through all this years rainy days. They were really cheap from TKMaxx too, £15 or something.

  • me too... wear Vans all the time - a multi-purpose shoe :)

  • Sadly I can't participate in this thread, as I have massive plates and have to wear mens shoes

    #sizenineblues

  • Ah, a trip to the 'maxx' in order, nice.

    What size do womens shoes stop at then? That's rubbish Clefty.

    I used to be an 8 at school and now I'm a 6.5. Trufax.

  • I have rainy day converse that I sprayed with tent proofing from army surplus.
    I've seen women's 8 and 9s in tk maxx, they always have the best range of stock/ lowest prices in sizes other than 5/6/7. Otoh in Holland all stores carry larger women's sizes due to height/ foot size variance.

    • 1 to Clefty. Mine are so wide I don't need flippers to swim good. Nor no I ever bother even looking at heals.
      TK Max do great trainers for cheap - like £20 for some cons. I have ones with grapes on em and they're cool (but falling apart now).
  • I have rainy day converse that I sprayed with tent proofing from army surplus.

    oooh... how well does that work. Spoke to the guy in the outdoor store when I was getting reproofing stuff for my softshell and he said he didn't recommend spraying shoes cause you'd have to do it too often? This is exciting if it works. damp socks are the worst thing ever.

  • oooh... how well does that work. Spoke to the guy in the outdoor store when I was getting reproofing stuff for my softshell and he said he didn't recommend spraying shoes cause you'd have to do it too often? This is exciting if it works. damp socks are the worst thing ever.

    well it works better than not doing it and it's pretty cheap as shoes are relatively small! tbh the rain that get's in will still get in down the side of the tongue. If you walked around in them more than cycling I can imagine the movement would cause breaks in the protection but cycling your foot bends much less. I just redo it sporadically; too lazy and unobservant for a regular schedule.

  • Dammit. I wanted an excuse to talk about Sidis. What's all this non-cleaty business? slinks off

  • Ah, a trip to the 'maxx' in order, nice.

    What size do womens shoes stop at then? That's rubbish Clefty.

    I used to be an 8 at school and now I'm a 6.5. Trufax.

    That's some crazy feet shrinkage!

    Ladies shoes generally stop at 7 or 8. Sports shoes (including cycling shoes) mostly stop at 7. Posh shoes stop at 8.
    There are places where you can get bigger sizes in nice shoes, I generally go online or there's a great shop in Kingston called After 8 Shoes, that I higly recommend.
    Although I take a 9, I have completely mutant feet, left is an 8.5, right is a 6.5, I can't wear heels over 1.5 inches either, much to MOCs chagrin

    It was worse when I was a kid, my mum had to buy two pairs of shoes in different sizes..these days I can get away with a 8.5 or a 9.

    #deformedatbirth

  • Dammit. I wanted an excuse to talk about Sidis. What's all this non-cleaty business? slinks off

    I only ever cycle in Sidis*, if it helps.
    I'm not sure I've got anything useful to add to the thread though, apart from that I find them incredibly comfortable.

    *except on the Brompton

  • another cheat is those ballet toe pads, I use them inside shoes that rub (most of the spd ones I've tried) they make all shoes feel like fleecey old lady boots.

  • wow, shoe nightmares. Sounds expensive. :-S

    Feel free to talk about sidi's opiumia. It's just that I'm happy with my cleats and I leave them on the road bike. I'm after an everyday commuting pair. I think I'm too old for vans so other suggestion would be good.
    Also need to suss out the foot attire for the tour. Do not want to wear Jesus creeper sandal type walking shoes, but I gather that's the go?
    Meh.

  • There is only one shoe...

  • Womens shoes stop usually at a ladies 42, and the size variation between the trainer brands is quite significant i.e adidas come up small, vans are evens, nike bigger than both.

    I wear cons high tops and some specialized shoes that are 42's they are a good fit around the heel and aren't massively wide in the sole. I also wear an old pair of sidi's that I took the hard sole off and stuck some thick innner tube on the sole instead, they are extremely comfortable and don't weigh a thing. If anyone else has some old shoes they would like converting I can do them if you'd like. I also agree on the skate shoes, I have some etnies that are really waterproof considering though they are really wide and hard to put into a pedal with straps.

    Next ladies go up to a ladies nine 43 and there range of shoes that are trainer-y are loads better thna the previous years (far less 'normal' and boring) so may be worth looking at.

  • There is only one shoe...

    MOC calls them 'boots of shame'

    Wicksie you're never too old for Vans, I wear mine on the brompton quite a lot, very comfy

    As far as proper cycling shoes go, I always wear Northwave, very comfy.

  • Hmm... I have also been advised that I'm never too old for neon so my fashion sense will take an interesting turn if I am to follow the advise of the forum.

    I returned from Oz with a pair of genuiney Uggs only to find all the high st. hoes wearing them. None to pleased. Haven't worn them since.

    Off to eBay to find something waterproof ish for my commute.

  • For proper shoes I've got an old pair of Specialized D4W things and some bargain Time mtb shoes (the pic is the road version, but you get the gist) from PX that I've not got around to using yet. I walked around Brussels for a day in the Specializeds, and they felt just like regular shoes, so I guess maybe something like those would be good for touring?

  • Feel free to talk about sidi's opiumia.

    Probably best that I don't; I'll just get over-excited. On an OT note, when wearing non-cycling shoes I also favour Vans for the reasons cited above (and +1 to the Maxx).

    I did wear a pair of Spesh BG mtb shoes (I find mens are better for my wide feet) but they weren't great for walking about in as the BG shape has a toe box that is (or was) angled upwards. Same for the womens? (as per konijn's pic).

    I presume that the leather Dromati mtb shoes are only in mens so far. Great-looking though probably best for smart/work/short journeys.

  • £30 mtb shoes

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/scot­t/sport-trail-womens-shoe-ec023238

    I'm thinking of upgrading from my Look set up to time atacs, so I'll be looking for some nice cleats soon.
    Bring on the January sales!

    Do you all go for women specific shoes?

  • wish I could, my plates are too big.

  • Been wearing these for the last few weeks
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Model­s.aspx?ModelID=52986
    Seem to suit pretty well. I haven't used them with spds, just with powergrips. Tend to change out of them when I get to work as I'm on my feet a lot, but they are fine for walking round in for a bit.

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