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Pearl IzumiPRO Leader v4 Cycling Shoe - Men's
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September 30, 2019
Bad pair of shoes. The exception.
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- True to size
- Size Bought
- EU 47
I bought this model to replace a lower model of worn-out Pearl Izumi shoes after >5 years and >25K miles. I bought the same size, EU 47, which felt right standing and trying the shoes on. I found blood-stained Bandaids inside both shoes. That should have been a clue something was wrong with the shoes. I assumed the shoes were tried on and returned by another customer, but I decided to try them. They were terrible and hurt both feet in different places including abrading the skin on both feet. The right shoe cut into the skin inside the right ankle despite loosening the Boa closure to no tension. The left shoe cut into the top of my foot due to way the tongue was sewn to the boot—the root of the tongue projected down onto the top of my foot. I wanted the shoes to work, so I tried them a second time with heavier socks and experienced a similar result. [Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — not really said by Einstein, but definitely applies here.] I contacted Competitive Cyclist and Nate Simpson couldn't have been more helpful with my return and following-up to ensure satisfaction! I was afraid to try another pair of this model, so I ordered a similar style of Pearl Izumi shoes to my previous pair and I'm quite pleased. No issues with the replacement model with >100 miles on them. I think this pair of shoes is the exception—due to poor workmanship.
May 18, 2019
Shiny carbon sole!
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 48 Euro
- 5` 11"
- 172 lbs
These shoes are very nice and comfortable. I think they run pretty much true-to-size, not like the narrower fit for Shimano shoes in case you are concerned since Shimano owns Pearl Izumi. The BOAs work great and the tongue has a small cutout to lessen the pressure against the top of the foot. The footbed is a step up from other OE footbeds, with two size arch supports. The heel cup is secure without being overly restrictive. The one caveat for this shoe are the top loops that secure the BOA cables. They will fray over time as you tighten the cables. I have the Pearl Izumi MTB shoes with the same fastening system and the loops frayed on those shoes. One solution is to apply superglue (carefully) on the loops to strengthen the fabric. Finally, the carbon soles — Wow! They emit a kaleidoscope of colors!
September 18, 2017
Are the heel or toe pads (or both) replaceable on these? Look great, but wouldn't want to toss them when the pads wear down.
November 29, 2017
only heel pads are replaceable...
September 13, 2017
Are the Pearl Izumi shoes made by Shimano? Ref third paragraph...
March 16, 2018
Most Likely, Shimano owns pearl Izumi.