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Old 07-13-18, 08:19 AM
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shoe hotspots

anybody want to share their cycling shoe hotspots?

I seem to have a new one on the right side of my right foot. from about the pinky toe down to about the arch. I read somewhere that this may indicate shoes too tight. gonna try a cpl things over the next few rides to see what improves it. don't think it's cycling related tho cuz I've been having some discomfort in this area for a cpl months during long work shifts on my feet. to the point where I use a body lubricant there before putting on my work shoes. it does seem a bit more annoying with these cycling shoes lately. which is new & unexplained. not just on my last ride w cleated pedals. but it was interesting to note that the cleated pedals didn't help at all

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Old 07-13-18, 08:31 AM
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I doubt that the cycling world ever catches up to the wide natural toe box thing. Like Lems, Altra, Topo, etc..

too much pointy shoe Italian influence.

a lifetime of confined shoes distorting the pinky toe or more toes, is going to catch up to people as they age.

the widest part of your foot is right there, but look at how much lace they give you right there.
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Old 07-13-18, 08:43 AM
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For regular shoes I found that going with "wide" models greatly improved my feets comfort and eliminated the hotspots I was having just walking around.

In biking I found that going away from clipless and into flat biking shoes (five ten's) along with dmr vault pedals got rid of any hotspots on my feet during/after biking for me as well.
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Old 07-13-18, 08:50 AM
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SPuD cleats are less well supported by the rubber pocket edges
than the metal cleat mounting plate.
so pressure not well distributed .. ends of the pedal could be offering support.

My Favorite long distance touring set up; is wide looser fitting shoes
a supporting insole taking up some of that available space,
and toe clip pedals with straps that are never really tightened..





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Old 07-13-18, 10:25 AM
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Before clipless pedals, bicycle shoes used to be made from very thin leather, like glove leather. With use, the leather would stretch over tight spots and eventually become "custom-fitted" to your foot. Unfortunately, such thin leather doesn't have to strength to last with a clipless system where there's no toeclip to take the load when pulling up on the pedals. As many of us discovered during the early days of clipless adoption, trying to use our old shoes with the new system.

Modern bike shoes use synthetic materials in the upper to provide the needed strength, but these materials don't stretch like leather.
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changed my cleat position, lacing tension & primary sock, then added a sock liner to just that right foot. 20 miles w/o discomfort

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Old 07-16-18, 08:44 AM
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Good to hear! I was afraid you were gonna need some sort of home made cutout, kinda like like riders used to do with their seats in the days before anatomic saddles were invented:



I can only hope that some day, bike shoe manufacturers will pay as much attention to people with wide feet, as seat manufacturers do with regard to people with bum prostates. My prostate is fine, I just want a wider shoe.
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Good to hear! I was afraid you were gonna need some sort of home made cutout, kinda like like riders used to do with their seats in the days before anatomic saddles were invented: & I can only hope that some day, bike shoe manufacturers will pay as much attention to people with wide feet, as seat manufacturers do with regard to people with bum prostates. My prostate is fine, I just want a wider shoe.
thanks, but 1 short successful test ride is just a beginning. been thinking about that side of that foot for a while actually. I have a 2nd job where I wear work shoes on concrete floors for up to 22,000 steps in a shift & that spot has been of interest for several months. walking yesterday, I was thinking about how my foot moves & wondering if I push off that foot with a twist or thrust, outward with the toes, to propel myself faster. I'm a bit of a fast walker. & yikes that saddle DIY hack job is quite the approach! good luck with your shoe situation!
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