What to Look For
Comfort is key, and as long as the shoes are wide enough for your feet and comfortable, you're in good shape, according to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. There are also several different types of cycling shoes--to be discussed in a later section--so familiarize yourself with your primary cycling terrain and what its shoes look like.
A common pitfall cycling consumers face when purchasing shoes is stiffness. New shoes are going to have a natural stiffness, but compare several pairs and find a flexible pair that fits the width of your feet. Because you have wide feet, flexibility is more important. Additionally, many recreational cyclists purchase professional cycling shoes, which are naturally more stiff than recreational shoes. If you ride for fun, you don't need an over-rigid pair of performance shoes. Start with a pair that fits comfortably.
Where to Buy
If you are a first-time cycling shoes buyer, visit a local cycling shop (see Resource 1) that has a testing station for shoes. Stay away from ordering your first pair online because you don't yet know what to look for. Sometimes the best way to find a good place to shop for cycling shoes is by asking around and visiting local cycling forums (see Resource 2).
Cycling shoes, regardless the function, can cost an upwards of $300. If you are a beginning cyclist, there's no need to buy a top-of-the-line pair of shoes. Find a pair with comfort and durability that are wide enough for your feet. You can come away with a pair like this for $50 to $75.
Road cycling shoes typically have flexible soles and recessed cleat surfaces, making it easier for cyclists to walk, and mountain cycling shoes have exposed cleats that are difficult to walk in. Depending on your cycling habits, purchase an appropriate pair. Because they are so different, you don't want to be stuck with a pair of mountain cycling shoes if your primary use is for road terrain.