Really, I don’t want to whine or complain. Over the years, I’ve spent thousands and thousand of extra dollars on custom road and mountain bikes frames. I’m resigned to it.
I accept that at 6’4″ with freaking long arms and legs, I was never made for a beautiful and affordable production bike. My wallet, cash and credit cards are spread on the table, take everything. I’m a pauper with two custom rigs.
However, I do reach a point of outrage when I can’t even find a pair of narrow, low volume cycling shoes. It it really too much to ask when there must be at least fifty brands out there and NOBODY makes a narrow shoe? Seriously? With all the miracles we hear about new production tools and processes, new business models and niche marketing, is there really not one company that’s willing to make a narrow shoe?
Sidi used to be my best friend. Sure, it was only one model, the base model Genius, if I recall correctly. It was plain old black, no snazzy colors, designer flash or Boa dials but the fit was fabulous. Now, Sidi has slammed the door on me, forgotten my name, thrust me out into the cold with no footwear. Why, Sidi, why?
Oh, they have several models that come in Mega Wide. Well, I’m so happy to hear those with chubby, fat, high volume feet are happy. Really, I actually feel discriminated against on some philosophical level. I’m sad and frustrated and bitter. The Italians have given me the cold shoulder with their shoe lasts.
Once upon a time, my other friend was Specialized. Yes, the Big Red S actually had a model or two that came in a narrow. Now, when I go to their website, I see page after page of beautiful and cool and techno shoes but zero in the narrow fit. And yes, they cater to the wide width people just like Sidi. Do we have an epidemic of overweight feet in this country? Is this like the opiate crisis?
I spend my time trolling the cycling forums looking for advice. Ohh, this shoe runs a little narrow, this one runs a little slimmer, “bought a Northwave shoe five years ago, it was narrow.” I’m in this sad little community of skinny-footed cyclists, all suffering from the indifference of the cycling shoe industry. Will they not hear our plight?
And yes, I could go ahead and drop some ridiculous amount of money on a custom shoe from Lake or a Bont. Like I said, I’m resigned to the custom bike price tag but I simply can’t drop $500 on cycling shoes.
So for now, I’ll put another year on the increasingly old school Sidi’s I bought years back when they cared about narrow feet. Now. nobody does.