I think you should just buy the pedals and try the darn shoes out before listening to all of the arm chair experts on cycling shoes and your specific foot problems.
Well, if the OP has a lot of foot pain, and needs to keep moving his feet on the pedals to stay comfortable, then this may be a case in which cycling shoes and clipless pedals are not a good idea.
Last edited by Homebrew01; 01-09-14 at 04:03 PM.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
Hey Great White Shark.
Let's just cut to the chase. This is getting ridiculous and rather annoying..
You currently have platform pedals. They are compatible with anything or nothing at all (naked foot) that your feet can walk in/on. If you can't walk a block wearing them then you can't ride a bicycle that has your current style of pedals.
Your mother gave you shoes intended to do nothing but ride a road bicycle with a specific pedal set. I dare you to put those shoes on and walk to the sidewalk from your front door - all the while in full control, no slipping sliding or swaying allowed. Now see above.
Should you want to invest another $50, You have to buy a set of pedals specifically designed to be used with the shoes that your mother gave you for christmas. Bless her generous heart. They will come with a set of compatible cleats. These cleats you will attach to the bottom of your shoes in accordance with the instructions that will come with the shoes and cleats. Take your bicycle to the nearest bicycle store/ co-op/ friend and have them swap out the pedals that you have currently on your bike with the new ones - now compatible with the shoes that your mother gave you for christmas.
You don't want to invest another $50. Return the shoes. Or sell them on Craig's List/ EBay/ whatever. Pocket the cash.
Or if you do buy the pedals, go search out all the you tube videos and forum posts on learning how to ride a bike with cleated shoes and clipless pedals.
Figure it out and go have a much more enjoyable and controlled ride on your bicycle in the shoes that your mother gave you for christmas. But also don't expect to toddle on down to the Dairy Queen and strut yourself around the parking lot. You'll fall on your posterior and everyone will laugh at you..
And for what its worth, the better cyclist you become the less pressure you will exert on the sole of your foot regardless of what is between your leg and the pedals.
Now can we please end this agony.