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Old 01-23-08, 11:55 AM   #1
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Sidi Dominators causing me pain

I've got a pair of Dominator Mega Loricas that feel fine when I'm walking in them, but hurt like hell after 20 minutes of riding. The pain occurs on the bottom outer edge of each foot. On longer road rides, I've had my feet get tingle-y.

I've had the shoes for about a year now and use them daily for commuting, so any stretching that was gonna happen has probably already happened. I suspect the sole's contour rises slightly at the widest part of my foot, and I must be putting a fair amount of pressure on that area.

Any suggestions? I don't want to ditch this $$$ pair of shoes, but this really puts a crimp in my riding.
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It sounds as though it's just fatigue from lack of support. Try some footbeds.

I use sidas con'formable which, while fully custom, are very cheap (less than USD100). For me, it means no more sore feet, no hotspots and no numb toes, no matter how long the rides.

http://www.sidas.com/

There are even cheaper step in options available that may work just as well too. I use green superfeet insoles in my hiking boots but that's mainly to prevent blisters.

http://www.superfeet.com/
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I should add that I've tried moving my cleats around with little success. And that I'm using Eggbeater Candy pedals.

Thanks, I think I'll try the Superfeet black version (supposedly best for MTB shoes). Searching for "superfeet" reveals that I'm not the only one griping about comfort in the Dominators, so maybe this is the solution.
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I liked my dominators but the stock insoles were crap. Good luck with the superfeet experiment.
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I have Superfeet insoles in my Sidi bike shoes as well as my M/C boots. That may solve your problem.
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I should add that I've tried moving my cleats around with little success. And that I'm using Eggbeater Candy pedals.

Thanks, I think I'll try the Superfeet black version (supposedly best for MTB shoes). Searching for "superfeet" reveals that I'm not the only one griping about comfort in the Dominators, so maybe this is the solution.
Just FYI, the Eggbeater cleats are very small and put a lot of pressure on a small area of your foot. Although I doubt that's causing outer foot problems....
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Just FYI, the Eggbeater cleats are very small and put a lot of pressure on a small area of your foot. Although I doubt that's causing outer foot problems....
Right-- though I'm using the Candy SLs, which have the added platform, for whatever that might add.
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What I found with Sidi shoes is not to over-tighten the velcro straps. I only tighten them enough to remove the slack.
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Right-- though I'm using the Candy SLs, which have the added platform, for whatever that might add.

With a sole as stiff as the dominator's, there shouldn't be much difference.
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So you still have the insoles that came with the Sidis?

If they're anything like the ones in my new Genius 5's, they're crap -- and, therefore, I have no reservations about throwing them out and putting in something of my choosing. I even think that Sidi understands that many people swap out insoles right away anyway, so they just use the cheap, thin foam mats as a way to dress up the interior of the shoe.
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Any suggestions? I don't want to ditch this $$$ pair of shoes, but this really puts a crimp in my riding.
Try Shimano SH-M225SE.



Wider than Sidi, comprable quality. You can sell the Sidi's on ebay for a decint price if they are in good condition. Look around for a while and you might find the Shimano's for $100-125.
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