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Shoes: Sidi, Shimano, Bontrager?

Old 04-09-09, 11:23 AM
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Shoes: Sidi, Shimano, Bontrager?

I've had enough of my Specialized shoes.

They cause hot spots on top of my foot and my left foot always goes numb.

I'm going to my LBS to talk about shoes - they sell Sidi, Bontrager and Shimano.

I'm interested in the Shimanos for their "heat molding" characteristic. Has anyone tried this? Is it a gimmick, or does it really work?

I had cheap Sidis in the past that fit pretty well, so I may go back to those too.
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Old 04-09-09, 11:44 AM
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Well, I can't really fault my Sidis to be honest...

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Old 04-09-09, 11:44 AM
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It's just like saddles. you have to figure out what works for you.
Personally I think those new Mavics in yellow look pretty bombass.
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Old 04-09-09, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Bantam View Post
It's just like saddles. you have to figure out what works for you.
Personally I think those new Mavics in yellow look pretty bombass.
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I've been using Sidi's for several years now and they fit me very well. I would have a hard time changing brands because these work for me so well. So I'd vote for the sidi's but it's a personal decision.
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Old 04-09-09, 11:59 AM
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Which Specialized model do you currently have? I have the S-Works w/ the boa system and they work for me (no hotspots, numbness, etc) but Shimano and Adidas felt too skinny for my feet - but that's just me. I also wear Sidi Carbon 5.5 with no issues.
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Old 04-09-09, 12:03 PM
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S-Works with the boa.

I get a hot spot on top of my foot, and on my small toes.
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Old 04-09-09, 12:07 PM
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I've been on the Shimano heat molded shoes (BR300) for two weeks. I had a particular reason for purchasing new shoes, and because they would be two sizes "too big" (just right in the bike world) I was concerned about my heel slipping out, or rubbing, or general problems caused by the extra length of the shoe.

I have not had any problems, in fact I really like them. Though I'm not sure if the custom molding is all that it's marketed to be. Honestly, I kinda think its part hype. But the custom fit is part of the cost of the shoe and @$325 I thought it was worth the try. They can also be reheated and remolded up to 5 times and if I'm not satisfied with the feel, I'll go back and remold em.

If you have issues with the way your foot fits into a shoe, the slight difference the custom fit makes may be more substantial than in my case.

I'm happy; no regrets.
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Old 04-09-09, 12:12 PM
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so far i've had best results with sidi genius mega wides, with the thin sidi insole removed, and superfeet green orthopedic inserts placed in their stead.. my podiatrist recomended i wear them cause they have the best arch support, he said "it'll give you 10% more power as well!! i'm a cyclist too!" haha sure buddy. but i can definitely feel the pressure going into the ball of my foot and my arch rather than just all into my big toe and causing numbness.. try inserts before replacing the shoe! might not fit if your shoes are already snug however..
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Old 04-09-09, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by deadly downtube View Post
so far i've had best results with sidi genius mega wides, with the thin sidi insole removed, and superfeet green orthopedic inserts placed in their stead.. my podiatrist recomended i wear them cause they have the best arch support, he said "it'll give you 10% more power as well!! i'm a cyclist too!" haha sure buddy. but i can definitely feel the pressure going into the ball of my foot and my arch rather than just all into my big toe and causing numbness.. try inserts before replacing the shoe! might not fit if your shoes are already snug however..
The Sidi insert is a little bit of a joke. The Superfeet orthodic is probably the best 'over the counter' one you're going to find. They do make a big difference. I've got custom orthodic that's a bit better, but for the money, it better be.

The biggest thing that inserts do is allow better knee tracking, if that's a problem for you. When you're legs are going straight up and down, there is a definite power gain. It might take a little while to train your muscles to the new motion, but it does affect things. The added gain is that you're less likely to injure yourself.
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Old 04-09-09, 05:18 PM
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I have the shimano R300's, which I never got around to having heat molded. They're great shoes. I think they tend to mold themselves and break in anyway, and there's no slipping at all, even with a size up to leave the toes nice and roomy.

Previously, I rode northwaves, and these are a huge improvement. Sidi's also fit and work well, you probably can't go wrong.
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Old 04-09-09, 06:08 PM
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Before you swap shoes, try getting heat molding insoles made.

A company called conformables makes them. A cycling coach/testing center should have them. They're like 100-120 bucks for a pair, and you can mold the insoles to fit your feet.

Work pretty well.
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Old 04-09-09, 06:35 PM
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I haven't had my Sidi's for very long but so far they're the best of the shoes I've used. Over the years I have had Detto, Duegi, Vittoria, Nike, and Northwave. Of course, the Detto and Duegi were in a different era companred to the Sidis because they had the nail on cleats. That shows my age, I guess.
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