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Carbon Soled Shoes??

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Carbon Soled Shoes??

Been wanting a new pair of shoes due to some numbness in my toes and wanted to know if a carbon soled shoe is even worth purchasing. Current shoes are Shimano R086. Was looking at the Specialized Comp and Expert shoes and some Sidis. Should i save money and just get a non carbon sole or is it worth it to go carbon. Was also thinking of trying new insoles for the shimano shoes, haven't decided yet.
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carbon soles are the best!
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Any number of things can cause toe numbness.

Could be the shoe's toe box is too tight. Tried loosening the strap a bit?

Could be insoles are too squishy. What feels comfy in a walking shoe can be torture in a cycling shoe, and vice versa.

Could be your feet pronate or supinate leaving you with an uneven stance on the pedals, in which case shims would help.

Flexible outsoles would amplify any of these problems on top of it.

Could be your pedals too. Sometimes people find changing pedal types to alleviate their foot problems.

Try insoles first. That's the cheapest option.
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I've had nothing but carbon sole shoes since the early 1990s. They work great.
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Carbon soles don't flex and make you more efficient.

However if you have feet that "move" alot such as very high arches, too stiff a sole could be uncomfortable. Inserts or arch supports help.
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Go carbon. If you do enough searching you can find some good deals online. Bonktown will have some on today for 85% off.
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