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    Shoe Stretch

    I just bought a pair of Shimano R113L road shoes on-line. The width is fine, but my big toe is right up against the toe of the right shoe. Do shoes stretch or break-in at all lengthwise?

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    There's not a lot of stretch with cycling shoes, period. Synthetics don't stretch like leather.
    Quote Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
    They were getting crude, as juveniles are often inclined to do when given opportunity. :rolleyes:

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    Not a whole lot. They are meant to be snug.

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    My Sidi's were a bit tight in front. I took out the insoles and road them for a few weeks.
    The shoes broke in after a while and I was able to fit the insoles back again. You can also
    try getting the thinnest socks you can find.

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    I was wearing regular cotton socks when I tried them on the first time. I tried with a thin pair and it made a difference. I think if I go to the next 1/2 size they'll probably be to big so I'm going to ride these a little and see how they feel on the road. Next challenge is setting up the cleat. This is my first pair of clipless shoes and pedals.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by briankari View Post
    any idea if this works??
    -Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    My Sidi's were a bit tight in front. I took out the insoles and road them for a few weeks.
    The shoes broke in after a while and I was able to fit the insoles back again. You can also
    try getting the thinnest socks you can find.
    no insoles...not sure if serious.
    -Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    any idea if this works??
    Doesn't look like it would work in the toe area, right at the front.

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    just bought that bunion stretcher and going to use on a corn..wish me luck.
    -Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/

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    In my experience, the synthetic leather, fabric, and other materials won't stretch, per se, they break in in the sense that they will conform to the shape of your foot to a degree, and any foam may squish a bit. IMO, cycling shoes should fit well but not tight/snug and especially not too narrow, which can lead to hot spots, numbness, pains etc..

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    Nothing worse than hitting mile 60 of a century with shoes that are too small. I can say with experience that shoe stretchers don't work. Synthetic leather does not stretch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    no insoles...not sure if serious.
    The bottom of my feet hurt towards the end of some long club rides,
    80-100 miles. But it was better than the tight feeling with the insoles
    in. After a few weeks, the shoes broke-in and I was able to put the
    insoles back.

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