Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence

Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence
Sock on the Great Wall

Monday, June 23, 2008


I know, I know - I haven't been writing as much lately. I can attribute my lack of documentation for my daily life to being super busy at work, riding too much, spending too much time with T (not that I'm complaining), dealing with my neurotic animals...but in all reality I think it really comes down to not having a whole lot to say.

Well, that has changed as my search for new carbon mountain bike shoes is my dilemma:

I need new bike shoes*. Yes, need - "a condition requiring relief; anything that is necessary but lacking; to require; the quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness."

[*I am a woman - when I say I 'need' new shoes it usually means I only want them because they are pretty, shiny, this case, however, it is a true case of necessity as my old shoes are pretty much shot.]

Knowing that my foot can only fit comfortably into Specialized shoes, that is the brand I chose to research. I would love a pair of Sidi's, however they are made for slender European feet - I have the most unfortunate genetic make up as to have wide, sturdy, Russian feet. I know, too much information. This prelude is, however, necessary for the latter part of my ramblings.

So I have been researching and to only find that women's shoes have no options for width (if they did, I would buy the Sidi's) and usually only one color option - which is seems to always be a light color (baby blue, silver, white). For mountain bike shoes?!?!?! White? Silver? Baby F--in Blue?!?!?! This for some reason is making my blood boil. When I went to the men's section - they had width options and color options to make a girl green with envy. So unfair! We are women! We need color options! It is in our genetic code! Most men don't care about f--in color - give them standard black and they're happy as long as it's a good quality shoe. Aargh!

My only option now is a silver shoe...sigh, the sacrifices we must make. Well, I suppose they will look nice for perhaps the first 10 minutes of their inaugural ride. So, be on the look out for the girl on the trails with mud encrusted everything but her shiny silver slippers...if I drop one in the woods, will prince charming show up at my door step on his two wheeled (Soma) steed?


flahute said...

a) Who is T?

b) Why not wear men's regular width Sidis, which would be the equivalent of a women's wide Sidi. A 42 is a 42 is a 42, except in width ... in fact, I believe that the men's narrow is built on the same last as the women's shoe ... the only difference is color ways.

Ari said...

1) T is my imaginary friend. He lives in a kingdom far far away surrounded by a moat which houses pirhanas and alligators. The only way into the kingdom is to jump the beastly chasm with a sweet, carbon mountain bike. Once inside the gates you will be rewarded with curried tofu, roasted garlic hummus and different grain salads to your heart's content.

2) Men's shoes are not the same - they tend to be bigger in the heel and have less arch support causing my foot to move around too much, equalling blister which even my Vietemese pedicurists can't remedy.