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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.
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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??
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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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