In years past, I’ve had a terrible problem finding shoes to fit my size 12 1/2 feet (typically 47). Narrow foot, boney, skinny, long toes–and I use orthodics. Outside of normal shoe fit/comfort, CX adds to the problems with run-ups and barriers creating footrub and heal slip with previous MTB shoes I’ve tried.
Enter the ADIDAS Pro Mountain Bike shoe (1-rachet & two “velcro-bungey” straps): First off, they’re RED and I’ve received several “compliments”–they do standout in a crowd. If RED isn’t your primary color choice–they have other options. Second, they are soft and flexible in the right places but with a stiff carbon sole. I received these as a package deal with my ADIDAS Road shoes. Given my recent expensive MTB shoe purchase in Fall ’07, these shoes unfortunately sat there looking all Red and Pretty for about 5 months. My foot rub frustration & pain continued so while getting ready for a few late season MTB Races this summer and with CX looming on the horizon, I decided to give the ADIDAS a try. WOW–I really wish I would have tried them earlier. For my feet, they work perfectly–no heal slip, no footrub and my orthodics fit well. Even with the shoes barely tightened (which is how I ride baby) my feet don’t swim around. Really a perfect shoe for me. The ratchet system seems to stick a little when tightening–similar problem with my Road shoes. With a little flick the lever pops down and you’re good again. The two “bungey” velcro straps work well and, in my opinion, are more comfortable and secure than a conventional velcro strap. So after about 3 months of pretty tough trail abuse (including several 100-milers and CX prep) they’re perfect for me.
Previous Shoes: Sept ’07 year I plunked down for an expensive pair of “mold to fit” Shimano MTB shoes. Not because they were pretty or stiff or anything else–I simply figured that a mold to fit shoe would do the trick. Heal slip was fixed but footrub was beyond discomfort–it was downright painful and caused bleeding mostly on my right foot–basically where the buckle ratchet system is on the side. I tried to remedy this several times by remolding, new inserts, buffers, etc.–nothing worked.
Other shoes: Sidi Dominator (too narrow in toe box, heal slip), Old Shimano 3 Strap (Heal Slip)