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Tobias Mews | Cycle shoes not fitting properly? Try an orthopaedic in-Sole
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Cycle shoes not fitting properly? Try an orthopaedic in-Sole

Cycle shoes not fitting properly? Try an orthopaedic in-Sole

In the past, I’ve not had the best of luck with insoles.  Being somewhat flat footed, I’ve often needed insoles to provide that extra support.  Although I am now fortunate enough to be supported by the excellent Profeet on the Fulham Road in London, with only one pair of orthotics, it’s a bit of a pain in the you know where to swap insoles from one shoe to another.

So, when I started to notice that my cycle shoes were getting a little lose.  Indeed, it’s hardly surprising that after 9 years of fairly regular use, my triathlon specific cycle shoes from Shimano would have stretched a little, but I was too much of a cheapskate to buy a new pair.  But because my foot was moving around in the shoe, I was loosing power.

A genius friend of mine suggested getting some insoles that would not only raise my foot within the shoe ( and therefore make the shoe feel smaller) but perhaps provide some extra support.  After a tiny bit of research I purchased a pair that required you to put them in the oven for a few minutes.  This is to help soften them before placing them in your shoe, so that it moulds to your foot.

Being an idiot, I mistook Fahrenheit for Celcius, and put it at 200 in my fan assisted oven – which did a jolly good result of reducing my size 7.5 down to a size 3.  £40 wasted!  Well done Mews!

And then, I came across the Sole Thin Sport, which thankfully you don’t have to put in the oven.  I was told that the warmth of your foot will naturally mould them into place.  And so they did.

Suddenly, not only did my cycle shoes now fit, but I actually found it to be much more comfortable.   They don’t have a huge amount of cushioning on the ball of your foot (the Softec Ultra’s would be more appropriate if that’s important to you) and at first it was a little weird, but after a few rides, I got used to them.  And what’s interesting was that I never really thought that orthopaedic insoles would be needed for a cycle shoe – but how wrong I am.

Defo worth having a look if your’ve got any ITB issues or your shoes are simply too big!


Tobias Mews

Adventure Sports Journalist, Filmmaker and Athlete