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!