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Old 01-18-07, 10:20 AM
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Shoe Stretching?

I have a pair of Adidas Hammer mtb shoes, which I bought probably too hastily. I wear Adidas soccer shoes all the time, so I figured the sizing would be similar. But the bike shoes have proved to be really narrow at the toes. My toes tend to go numb if I forget to wiggle them at red lights.
Then it hit me: Shoe stretchers! Guys I played hockey with used to get their skates stretched all the time. The thing is, those were leather skates. These shoes are, what, plastic? Polycarbonatesomething? I'd rather not give up on $130 shoes that are barely worn. Will it work?
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Old 01-18-07, 10:22 AM
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Another technique used by skaters is to dremel out the inside of the boot (shoe in this case) ...you do it just enough to get a good fit.
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Old 01-18-07, 10:26 AM
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Sell them and get something else.
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Originally Posted by Bklyn
I have a pair of Adidas Hammer mtb shoes, which I bought probably too hastily. I wear Adidas soccer shoes all the time, so I figured the sizing would be similar. But the bike shoes have proved to be really narrow at the toes.
Bike shoes typically are narrow or medium width.
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Originally Posted by RonH
Bike shoes typically are narrow or medium width.
So I have learned.
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Old 01-18-07, 10:55 AM
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I tried "stretching" a pair of cheap Nashbar shoes a few years ago. I think they may have stretched very slightly. Probably from a narrow D width to regular D width. I wear a wide width (EE or EEE).

Can you return them?
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Originally Posted by RonH
Bike shoes typically are narrow or medium width.
Why is that? I kind of noticed it too and wondered why wide feet don't get any respect in the cycling world. We're all supposed to be skinny guys who barely outweigh our bikes?

I'd like a shoe stretcher too. I just need the left one. My left foot is larger than my right. Not only in cycling shoes, I am always struggling to find a size that works for both feet.
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Originally Posted by RonH
Can you return them?
I should have, but I thought at first it was just me getting used to clipless. . . and now, several hundred miles later, it wouldn't be very scrupulous to take them back, even though they don't look as if they've been worn outside at all.
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Originally Posted by squeakywheel
Why is that? I kind of noticed it too and wondered why wide feet don't get any respect in the cycling world. We're all supposed to be skinny guys who barely outweigh our bikes?

I'd like a shoe stretcher too. I just need the left one. My left foot is larger than my right. Not only in cycling shoes, I am always struggling to find a size that works for both feet.
I think the world of high end cycling products is a lot like the world of rockclimbing gear. The manufacturers know that there's a limited market for certain sizes, so they make little or no gear outside the "average" size range. Need an extra-small bike helmet that doesn't make you look like a costume reject from Spaceballs? Good luck. Want an climbing shoes for short, extra wide feet? Yeah, right.
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maybe they'd be good sumer shoes when your not wearing so many socks?

i did recently get a new pair of lakes and after riding them fixed in the wet alot they are definitely getting stretched out. but they are like normal leather shoes...

theres always ebay... do you happen to have 45's cause i am always lookin for new kicks or find a buddy with that size.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
Need an extra-small bike helmet that doesn't make you look like a costume reject from Spaceballs?
Try kids helmets. The good helmet tech has filtered down, and there're a lot of helmets now just like middle of the range adult helmets, but smaller.
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Originally Posted by squeakywheel
Why is that? I kind of noticed it too and wondered why wide feet don't get any respect in the cycling world. We're all supposed to be skinny guys who barely outweigh our bikes?
Sidi make their shoe in a "Mega" size for wide feet. They are like EEEE or so.
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I had a pair stretch so badly that I had a knee problem for a while from my foot flopping around inside. So it's possible. However, some high-tech shoes are made with special non-stretchable material (e.g. high-end Sidi road shoes).
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Old 01-18-07, 05:21 PM
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You might be able to stretch them a tad if you get a pair of wide adjustable shoe trees. Next take a hairdryer and heat the shoe up (or toss in a dryer) so that's it's hot, then insert tree to the width of your feet or other shoes you own quickly before the shoe has a chance to cool even the slightest. Leave the trees in for about 24 hours. See if this works...what do you have lose?
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Resurrecting this old thread.

I bought Northwave Celsius winter shoes. The length is fine but they are a bit too narrow.

If I want a size wide enough I have to go another size up which would make the shoe too long.

Anyone has luck with shoe stretchers and cycling shoes?
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Old 12-21-10, 07:59 PM
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Shoe repair shops have stretching lasts to do the stretching..Leather will
have a stretching fluid there too.. its a service ,

may see some shoe trees in antique and charity shops

Sell them and get something else.
SiDi Mega lasts are said to be wider ..
all else get a custom pair..
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