So I've gone clipless and got the Shimano SD66 sandals (the newest 2-strap model) considered by many to be the ultimate all-weather touring shoe.. However I am worried I got the wrong size. I take UK size 10.5 or 11 (11.5 for running shoes) so I went for the 45-46, thinking the next one up 47-48 would be too big. Unfortunately these sandals skip every second European size..
When they arrived they felt great - perhaps a little too small lengthwise as my toes were only 1-2 mm's away from the front edge.. but feel wise, width wise, perfect, very adjustable, with socks and without. I was so sure they were the right size I decided to keep them, so whilst I've hardly used them they don't look so fresh out of the box that I can just send them back..
Now having walked around in them a bit more, it seems either my left foot is slightly longer than my right or somehow it's lodged itself further forward in the shoe. So some of my left toes are actually going over the front edge, the 90' angle that is.. only by 1-2 mm's but it's especially noticeable when I am walking. Obviously it's even more noticeable with a sock. I've tried tightening the straps so my foot doesn't slide forward as much but it doesn't help, besides I might want the straps loose at times.
This does not happen when I am cycling, only when I am walking. I can get used to it, but I am thinking of using these as my only pair of shoes on a tour, and I will want to spend many a rest day walking around in them. I am really concerned it will get uncomfortable and I will start to get blisters if I walk around in them for a whole day.
I am about to order the next size up to see how it feels, but I am hesitant, because skipping two European sizes to 47-48, it will feel much looser, so whilst my toes won't hang off the edge, there could be other walking comfort issues usually associated with loose shoes, plus for cycling, I am just learning how to clip in and out of SPD pedals, and it seems it might be a bit awkward if your shoes are on too loose.. (I have the Shimano A530 pedals though thinking of switching to Time Atac's).
Has anyone tried two consecutive sizes of this sandal for comparison? Is there an issue if the fit is too loose? I mean both with walking and with cycling.
(or perhaps if anyone has a suggestion for a DIY extension of the edge/lip at the front of the sandal