|Three of my four pairs of Shimano cycling shoes|
Now, I am a Shimano shoe guy. Have been that way for years now. My favorite shoes I ever had were some basic, three strap Velcro closure Shimano MTB shoes. They were sooo comfy! Not the stiffest, most efficient shoes in the world, but comfort goes a long way in making a ride successful or not.
Ironically, I think it was after a Gravel Worlds when I noticed that both of those shoes blew out the toes and I had to retire them. What then? Well, fortunately, at about the same time as I had gotten those three-strap shoes, I also landed a pair of Shimano's best MTB XC shoes. (See Standard Disclaimer) I got those shoes to review on the old "Twentynine Inches" site which I once ran. Anyway, this would have been something like 2012, maybe 2013. So, they are getting on in age. But since I almost never use them anymore, they seem to be hanging on. I'm pretty sure they are the SH-XC90's and they are on the left there in the image.
Then I got a pair of the Shimano RX-8 shoes to test (Standard Disclaimer again) in black (middle above) and later in the fancy-pants Green/Purple fade. Now I loved the black RX-8's. I still do. They are a little fidgety to get on, but they work well for me. However; when I got the other pair- the green/purple fade pair, those fit differently in the toe box. Huh! Why? They are the same model shoe, same size, everything but the color. Well, that fancier looking shoe fits a bit snugger in the toes, and well, it isn't for a long ride. Not for me anyway.
So, it came down to me using the RX-8's in black, right? Well.......not so fast! I found the SH-XC90's when I pulled out my travel bag to load it. They were already in the bag! I'd forgotten all about them, so I figured one last test had to be done, and Wednesday I did that. I think that because the toe box is so roomy, and because the support is so good with the SH-XC90's, and because they vent well, I am going to use them.
Gotta keep the feet happy, ya know?
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