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Old 02-11-05, 10:11 AM   #1
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Clipless sandals.... crooked ankles?

Due to a broken leg 10 years ago, one of my ankles is slightly crooked. I want want to get Shimano sandals for bike tours. Will this work? Are the sandals flexible enough to compensate for my ankle?
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Old 02-11-05, 11:42 AM   #2
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With the "right" pedals, most folks can be comfortable on a bike wearing just about any sandals, any shoes....I prefer to use BMX style pedals on all of my bikes. That allows me to ride with sandals, tennis shoes, running shoes, dress shoes, and my favs, skateboard shoes (comfortable for both walking and riding).

A BMX style pedal allows you to position each foot in the most comfortable position (and some folks might position their left foot differently than their right foot). They allow shifting the foot forward and back half an inch, or moving left to right half an inch, so that the stress pattern on the foot varies.

And, a large BMX pedal is as wide as my foot, spreading the stress over a very broad area. Many clip-in pedals focus all of the pressure and stress on a very small portion of the foot.

So, whether or not you will be comfortable wearing sandals may depend more on your choice of pedals than on your choice of sandals.

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Due to a broken leg 10 years ago, one of my ankles is slightly crooked. I want want to get Shimano sandals for bike tours. Will this work? Are the sandals flexible enough to compensate for my ankle?

Not sure what slightly crooked means, if it is crooked to the side. You might want to go to a really good shop and have them fit you with LeMond LeWedges or other tricks they might have

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I've got the Shimano Sandals. I find them to be very comfortable. That is to say, I can wear them all day on or off the bike. Walk around with no discomfort. Of course, your mileage may vary.
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I'm no MD, but it sounds like you may need orthotics in your shoes.

It would be horrible to tweak your knees because you're pedalling "crooked".
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The sandals are very comfortable and highly recommended.

However I wouldn't say they allow for any special angles or twist. With the straps tight they contain your foot very well, with them loose you loose all benefit of a clipless pedal.

The best advice is to work with a foot dr. and/or cycle fitter

Keep in mind that most shoes allow for the cleat to be installed at an angle, if that is the only twist your ankle has.

But really with a unique situation like this drs and fitters are the best choice.

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Thanks for the tips guys. Basically a slight twist of the clip ought to do it. When I stand forward, my left foot points straight ahead, but my right foot points slightly to the right, say a little bit less than the "one o'clock" position. Orthotics or other such medical measures aren't necessary.

Doesn't anyone else have a slightly crooked foot?
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