Shimano Shoes...

Sep 2, 2009
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Evening.

I have been looking at getting some decent shoes, and have been toying with either Sidi or Shimano.

I really like some of the Shimano designs, but I have a question;

What is the hole in the front of the sole for? It is kind of a water drainage thing?

Also, how well does it work (if it is a water drainage thing)?

If it isn't a water drainage thing... What is it?

Sorry if this is an obvious question...:p
 

FarEast

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Basically it allows better airflow through the shoe.

But it also allows water to drain as I found out at the Yokohama endurance race after riding for 5 hours in the pouring rain.

To be honest though although they were nice and stiff and offered good support around the heel when I first bought them, they have now lost that and they require me to realy pull the straps tight to offer the support I need.

Im now looking at the SIDI 6.6's or Ergo 2's
 

kiwisimon

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From Shimano spin

"- Lightweight and rigid Hollow carbon fibre composite sole meets the demands of athletes, transferring pedalling power into speed
- Three secure fitting cuttable offset Velcro-style hook-and-loop closure straps strategically positioned to assure snug comfortable fit without causing pressure points on the foot
- Sole accommodates SPD-SL or Look cleats
- The upper is well ventilated and important areas are made of mesh material including the tongue which provide breathability giving a nice comfortable fit
- Adding to air circulation through the shoe are holes in the carbon sole allowing ventilation round the foot bed
- Moulded toe and heel cups with further ventilation grills provide added support, comfort and a snug fit
- Cleat memory markers for quick installation of replacement cleats"
 
Sep 2, 2009
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Thanks for the reply guys.

OK, so it is an airflow thing. I guess I was wrong! Like FarEast said though, I imagine it would act as a water hole too...

I'm not exactly sure what hole you are talking about - I don't have Shimano shoes. But, if I had to guess it would be for ventilation and air flow.
Look at the sole of Shimano shoes, near the point of the toe. There is a hole. It seemed odd to me, as none of the other shoes I looked at had this.

Well, cheers for the info, and the mini-review.

Sidi it is then!
 

kiwisimon

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if you can find them IMHO Carnac are better than Sidis. Quality of construction is way better with better materials used as well. They also have the ventilation holes.
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Sep 2, 2009
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Yeah, a draft in the shoe is worth 99 in the chest.

I got a shoe-full of road water today on the way to work, and it was... nice?

Not really nice.

Commuting on plastic ***** pedals is not what the doctor ordered, but what the lawyers are keen on...
 

Freeride39

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Vent holes?

Vent holes are so overrated on road shoes. They are great on hot days in good conditions, but when it rains and the temperature drops, they are worthless. I have a pair of Shimano shoes with vent holes, but I had to get a pair of SiDi's for all year round rides!

You don't want those ventialtion holes in Winter.

I use my Shimano shoes in summer cause they have a big hole in the bottom and my SIDIs in Winter because they have no holes...

The cold air coming in under the Shimanos will cause frost bite...
 
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Sorry, I didn't realise this was a non-swearing forum.

Will temper the language in the future.

Didn't mean any harm!

Thanks for editing it for me.:eek:
 

FarEast

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Vent holes are very easy to deal with. I used a thin sheet of plastic and taped it to the inside of the sole. then put the inner sole back in over the top of it.