The custom made Bates boots I have used for 15 years have completely worn out and need replacement soon.
Does any boot manufacturer make roadracing boots in widths? My size 11 EEEE feet don't even come close to fitting normal boots until they are up into size 12 1/2 or larger, and they look and feel like clown shoes. I don't care about fancy colors, but do require good mobility at the ankle joint.
Any information would be appreciated.
In response to my post, Blueblur contacted me with an offer for a pair of Teknic Speedstars, which I accepted contingent on a week's test ride. Thay just arrived today, and they actually fit! Finally a pair of boots that are wide enough! And quite flexible at the ankle, which I absolutely require. As soon as the rains stop, I'll take that all important first ride, hopefully a sunny Sunday 150 miler, before I decide. Now the rest of my gear looks servicable but frumpy and will have to be updated. Damn.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
------- Rob --------
Final report: after wearing the Tecnic Speedstar boots for a week I can say that if you have wide feet / high arch, these are for you!
The plus side: THEY FIT!!! Are reasonably comfortable, with little discernable difference in feel when compared with the hiking boots I've been using other than the much better insulation on a cold ride, full ankle motion range without any restriction, and considerably better ankle and calf protection.
The minus side: Absolutely useless unless you are riding a motorcycle. Horrible to walk in for any distance at all, a complete lack of cushion in the sole, and the gait is canted to the outside in heel / toe curve. (Personal hiking boot terms). In short, as a riding and racing boot they are brilliant, but as a go to the store and pick up a pint of Ben and Jerry's best they leave quite a bit to be desired.
The deciding factor: I already recycled the box. Now I gotta buy 'em.
Fortunately I really like them, and I suspect my subconscious made me recycle the box, so in preference to arguing with myself I'll buy them. Thank you Blueblur.