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    Default Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    My brother is looking for some high end, carbon sole xc type mountain bike shoes.
    He has a narrow and low volume foot.

    He has owned Sidi in past- wants to try something different.

    Throw me some good options that fit these needs-
     

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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    I thought I had a SIDI-only foot. I definitely still have a SIDI foot, but acquired a pair of Giro Empire VR90s a year or so back and my feet -- narrowish, high arches, supinator -- have been quite happy. They don't seem as light as SIDI Dragons ought to be, but I was comparing them to a previous pair of Dominators I had. I like them a lot.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Try Giro...

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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Lakes work for my narrowish low volume feet...
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Quote Originally Posted by boots2000 View Post
    My brother is looking for some high end, carbon sole xc type mountain bike shoes.
    He has a narrow and low volume foot.

    He has owned Sidi in past- wants to try something different.

    Throw me some good options that fit these needs-
    I recently gave up reading and providing fit advices for shoes. I don't think anything beats trying out the shoes. Your friend should simply vist a bike shop, order shoes for different brands and return those that he do not want. It is a bit inconvenient to deal with the ordering/returning/refund parts but it is the only good way to avoid mistakes.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    I recently gave up reading and providing fit advices for shoes. I don't think anything beats trying out the shoes. Your friend should simply vist a bike shop, order shoes for different brands and return those that he do not want. It is a bit inconvenient to deal with the ordering/returning/refund parts but it is the only good way to avoid mistakes.
    Don't entirely disagree, but having a list of brands to include in the search saves time and expense.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Anybody have problems with the cleats chewing through the carbon? I had a pair of specialized with carbon soles years ago that got destroyed. I even tried the metal plate protectors between the cleat and sole and they sucked. I've stuck to plastic (Lake and Mavic) ever since and haven't had an issue. I'm hesitant to switch back to carbon, but if things have gotten better than I might give it a shot again.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Crank Bros makes a little metal plate to prevent this.

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    Lamson custom cycling shoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Crank Bros makes a little metal plate to prevent this.

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    I have had those for years they work great but are too expensive. I wonder if a cut up beer can would work? After many years they can bend and impede clear rngagement. A multitool or other creative trail solution can help no problem though.
     

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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Quote Originally Posted by boots2000 View Post
    My brother is looking for some high end, carbon sole xc type mountain bike shoes.
    He has a narrow and low volume foot.

    He has owned Sidi in past- wants to try something different.

    Throw me some good options that fit these needs-
    Try the Fizik X1 Infinito shoes.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Quote Originally Posted by zambenini View Post
    I have had those for years they work great but are too expensive. I wonder if a cut up beer can would work? After many years they can bend and impede clear rngagement. A multitool or other creative trail solution can help no problem though.

    $8.99/pair for a bit of carbon sole protection? Doesn't seem like so much $$ to me.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    $8.99/pair for a bit of carbon sole protection? Doesn't seem like so much $$ to me.
    If my beer can solution would have done the same job as my Crank Bros metal plates, that's a six pack of Dale's Pale Ale.

    That said, they are on their second pair of shoes.
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    Default Re: Carbon Sole Mountain Shoes for narrow feet

    I likely followed a similar path as your brother, rode Sidi for years, wanted to mix it up. Tried the Lake MX 331 which I had heat molded to my feet, loved them until I ripped out the heel studs on one shoe. I still use them for gravel if I don't plan on walking, but no good for MTBing. Then I tried the Giro VR90 laceups, which I like but I tore out a huge chunk of lugs from the Vibrum about a month after they went out of warrantee. I don't think a year is a sufficient life span for MTB shoes, they got shifted to commuting. Somewhere in there I tried the high end Shimano shoes with carbon soles. They fit OK, but two pairs suffered sole separation after a few months use and were replaced under warrantee (apparently I'm hard on MTB shoes? Rocky here, and in ABQ where I was before, but it seemed like a lot). Had enough of shoe failure and went back to Sidis, first a Dragon (4 or 5?). Then when the replacement lugs for that shoe went on a huge sale someplace I grabbed like 4 sets (I'm still on my first pack for a heel lug that tore off, the rest of the sole parts are intact, so they have held up better) and then because the Wire Carbon MTB shoe uses the same replacement lugs as the Dragon, when I saw a set on sale I grabbed that as a backup. Of course my original Dominators I replaced, though funky and beat up, are still sitting in my garage totally functional, kept them for backup. For me, nobody matches Sidi for longevity or fit. I never should have left.
     

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