Some time last year I developed pain in the ball of my left foot. I was riding high end Shimano road shoes with a carbon fiber sole, and high end SIDI mountain bike shoes with a carbon fiber sole. I started out by shifting my cleat position from way up at the front of the shoe (as a result of a bike fitting, trying to get my knee in the right spot over the pedals) back to the back of the shoe, and that helped. But I was still feeling pain with my road shoes after the first 45 minutes or so.
I was about to make an appointment with a doctor or a podiatrist, when I decided that I would buy some new shoes first to see if that would help.
I typically buy shoes on the high end, but I was thinking that maybe the stiff carbon sole was part of my problem. Also, I was worried about spending $300 plus on another pair of shoes, only to discover that it didn’t make any difference compared to my expensive Shimano shoes that I already owned.
So I went to my local bike shop and tried on all of the different road shoes that they had in stock that day in my size. I was looking for comfort first. The ball of my foot was pretty sensitive, so I could get a pretty good feeling for which ones might work just trying them on. I kept gravitating back to Giro road shoes, which had a very comfortable foot bed.
After bouncing back and forth between the $225 Trans shoes and the $150 Apeckx, I decided that it was too much of an expensive gamble to spend more than $200 and bought the Apeckx, even though they have a nylon sole instead of a carbon fiber one.
I’ve been riding Giro Apeckx road bike shoes for almost six months, and I am happy with the shoes. Most importantly, my foot is slowly getting better. I don’t feel any pain while I am riding anymore, although I can sometimes feel a small amount of discomfort on the ball of my foot. But that is more with my mountain biking shoes than with my road shoes.
These shoes are not as stiff as my $350 Shimano Pro Tour shoes, but they are a little bit lighter according to manufacturer specs, at 285 grams for size 42.
If my foot heals completely, I plan to eventually go back to my more expensive Shimano shoes (keeping a close eye on whether they were the source of my problem in the first place). But as far as comfort and fit goes, I am completely happy with these Giro shoes. I’ve only had them six months, but they still look like new and are holding up very well. I have probably ridden them 3,000 to 4,000 miles so far.
Even though they don’t feel as stiff as my old carbon shoes, I have to say that these Giro shoes still feel acceptably stiff and give me a completely acceptable power transfer when I am pedaling. I have not felt that they have been a noticeable disadvantage for me when riding hard. In fact, I would say that they have given me an advantage since they are comfortable and do not cause pain.
The shoes come with two velcro straps and one ratcheting buckle. The buckle is very easy to use and release. I typically keep the bottom strap closed all the time, and only need to release the buckle and middle strap to get the shoes off. The buckle is very secure, and the shoes stay on just fine when you are hammering or sprinting with them.
I’ve mostly had them in cold weather months, so I’m not sure how well they will vent in the heat of the Texas summer, but they have plenty of mesh venting and should be fine.
Here’s what Giro says about the shoes:
Classic style, with performance features and value that can’t be beat. The Apeckx combines a supple microfiber upper with a stiffest-in-class DuPont Zytel nylon outsole that has been engineered to rival the performance of premium composite outsoles, with greater fatigue resistance than traditional nylon soles. A supportive EVA footbed with Aegis anti-microbial treatment enhances comfort and fit, which is adjustable via the classic combination of a micro-ratcheting buckle and two straps. Plus, it’s built on the same performance last as our best shoes, so you get the same unrivaled fit that has made Giro the fastest growing brand of cycling shoes on the market.
Overall, I give these shoes a good rating and recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable, durable shoe in the $100 to $150 price range.
Anyone else riding these shoes or considering them? Leave a comment with your opinion about them!