Three things will happen in Larriland at the turn of the year.
I will get a monthly salary again, I'll be starting my third season back on the bike and I will have to buy new shoes.
My Gaerne Mythos are still in comparatively good condition but I cannot escape the fact that they have not been entirely comfortable at longer distances or in hot weather. Actually, in any weather really, now that I think about it.
I bought them because folks reckoned that Gaerne were wider shoes on the whole and because they seemed like a great fit in the shop. Perhaps it was also because I got distracted by my encounter with that imbecile Sergei Lagutin, but I bought them without further reflection for better or worse.
The irony is that I have another pair of Gaerne shoes, with an SPD fitting for CX, which have proved to be a lovely fit at any distance or weather, but they are way too clunky with a big fat sole for mud and running, so I still need a new pair of road shoes.
This coming season, I intend to do my long overdue bike fit (which I have held off this year due to the expense) and at that point, I need to be in comfortable shoes. I need something even wider and more forgiving for the strange inequity between my two feet (the left one is significantly different to the right one).
So ... wide, solid sole, light, high quality finish, easily available in Belgium and not
white or outlandish clashing colours.
Sidi - way too narrow. Even the so-called "mega" wide ones are pretty restrictive.
Bont - decent fit but a bit ugly, look like boats on the feet, but worst of all horribly expensive if you want a choice of colour.
Giro - hipster/ugly, shoelaces no way.
Lake - reputedly great, wide fit. Have yet to find a store that sells them here.
Mavic - wonderfully (perhaps a bit too) light, disappointing colour choices, rather narrow.
So far, I've been most interested in these below. They are Northwave Torpedo Plus, some of the widest fitting shoes on the market, so I've heard. I haven't tried them yet because until I get a car, getting a decent LBS is a chore. They're far from top of the range and last time I checked out NW in person I found them to be a bit cheap in the finish but if the sh*t fits, right? Also, I have a bit of a thing about red...