Cycling shoes don’t last forever, especially when you ride and sweat lots. Over time, they just collect sweat, road spray, and dirt and need to be replaced. I got a solid two seasons out of my Giro road shoes, and I headed to the shop to see if they had anything that would work.
I have a hard time finding shoes that are a good fit, as I have really odd feet. They are not the same length at all, which I am told is common. They are really wide at the balls of my feet and really narrow at the heel. They are also super-sized at the instep. One look at the images below, and you can see what I mean. These are from a Volumental scan done by Fleet Feet when I bought my running shoes. You can click on the scan results HERE. They are pretty fascinating.
When I bought my Giro Apeckx II’s, I really felt they fit nicely, but when going to another model of Giro for CX, I was surprised to find that they were very different. The Giro Privateers in the exact same size (42) were way too small. I finally was able to get them in Giro’s high volume (HV) fit, and they work fine. I had tried on the Fizik CX shoes, and I could not even get my foot into them.