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Road bike shoe fit problems

Old 06-20-11, 05:17 PM
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Road bike shoe fit problems

Wondering if any had any pointers about my shoe problem.

I've tried a bunch of road and mtn bike shoes in various sizes now and have the same persistent problem:

My left foot tends to work its way out of the shoe completely, particularly during hard climbs. It never happens with my right foot, but always happens on my right. Have gone through 4 pairs of shoes, sized 39-42, all of which have the same annoying problem.

I tried thicker socks, an insole insert, but these didn't help at all - the foot keeps coming out, only on the left.

I'm tempted to try even smaller shoes yet, but the 39s already felt quite snug/tight, and according to the Shimano size charts, I'm supposed to be using a 41. Weirdly enough, increasing the tightness of the strap doesn't seem to help - I somehow manage to pull the foot out of the shoe on the hard climbs no matter what.

I may have a 'weird' shaped left foot. Any pointers?
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Try the $3 heel inserts that have adhesive on them. You mount the pad on the inside of the shoe heel and what it does is effectively makes the heel cup tighter. Hard to explain but I have been blessed with really narrow heels and this has worked for me in the past.

Other option, drop $450 on a pair of Sidi Ergo 2 that have the device to tighten the heel. Try some Diadora shoes also which generally have a cut that is tight in the heel.
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I tried a pair of Giro shoes recently. They fit great, and were super snug in the heel. Might be worth a try if you can find a pair. I think I'll be buying a pair soon to replace my Sidis.
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are you pedaling with your toe pointed down? instead of your foot being flat/ parallel to the ground.
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A number of shoes have heat moldable soles now.

I like the Lakes I have. They would likely solve your problem, by molding in around your heel.
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