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Old 08-27-10, 08:34 PM
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heat molding shoes

Im sure somewhere theres a post about molding shoes for that perfect fit but I didnt find it. I want to know how to do it and if its even possible with my diadora aerospeed non carbon shoes. they are practically new with only about 600 miles on them. if it matters I ride speedplay la.
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Old 08-28-10, 12:36 AM
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certain shoes are heat moldable, the top of the line shimanos and top of the line lakes are heat moldable and probably some others.

if you're not sure, they're not and definitely not in the lower models.
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Old 08-28-10, 12:38 AM
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stupid trend.
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Old 08-28-10, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
stupid trend.
not if you have the money
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Old 08-28-10, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
stupid trend.
Yeh, I was really enthused when they first came out, but after trying on in the store, they just seem like an excuse for poor construction. Get shoes that fit out of the box.
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Old 08-28-10, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
Yeh, I was really enthused when they first came out, but after trying on in the store, they just seem like an excuse for poor construction. Get shoes that fit out of the box.
I agree. Shimano shoes fit me OK and maybe heat molding them might improve the fit, but Sidi are more comfortable than any other shoe I have ever tried. I am waiting until my Shimanos wear out so I can replace them with Sidis.
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Old 08-28-10, 07:29 AM
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I guess I'm just lucky, or very average in foot shape. I've never had a problem with hot spots, chafing, or anything else shoe related. Maybe I'm missing something on the supreme fit of a heat molded shoe but it just really doesn't seem that appealing to me.
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Old 08-28-10, 08:00 AM
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OP, the closest you'll get with those shoes is a heat-moldable insole -- which really isn't a bad idea, either.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
stupid trend.
This isn't a trend, they've been doing this for many years. There are several carbon fiber boot manufacturers that specialize in inline skating that see a $ potential to get into cycling shoes. I can see why you would want the soles for cycling with carbon fiber to provide the stiffness, but the rest doesn't make much sense to me. The support needed for skating is very different than for cycling.

OP - if the boots are not carbon fiber, don't try to heat mold.
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Heat molding would simply mold the shoe to your foot but if your foot is not say "pefect" it will just mirror your foot. If you have pronation, flat feet, then your shoe will be flat footed. Now, how good is that?

This would negate what the inserts for arch supports are doing. Maybe the heat molding is not just the bottom of the shoe but the top and sides, but I doubt that. Once the shoe is constructed with the width in the heel part and the toe part, there's little molding can do.
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there are multiple counts of fail in this thread..

here's a good review of LG heat moldable shoes. the upper is what molds to your foot.

https://www.cyclingnewsasia.com/en/te...-garneau-shoes
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Old 08-28-10, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by MDfive21 View Post
there are multiple counts of fail in this thread..
What exactly does this mean?
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Originally Posted by catonec View Post
Im sure somewhere theres a post about molding shoes for that perfect fit but I didnt find it. I want to know how to do it and if its even possible with my diadora aerospeed non carbon shoes. they are practically new with only about 600 miles on them. if it matters I ride speedplay la.
To OP, no not all shoes are heat moldable, only top one or two models are such, please be advised that I have seen customers heating their shoes with disasterous results, i.e. too long, too hot, or in some cases, making the shoe too tight.
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Old 08-29-10, 12:15 AM
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I have the R220 from Shimano. I did not even know it was heat moldable. I got it clearance for 80 from my LBS. I am a long time Sidi user (like 1994 or so) and I was surprised how well Shimano fits me. I did not heat mold my shoe. Only speed ice skaters benefit from heat molding in my opinion. Since 2008, I only get Shimano road shoes. I have the R80 as well as the T-51 which is their Tri shoe. I like that shoe a lot.
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