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Do the soles on road bike shoes break down?

Old 01-29-12, 08:39 AM
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Do the soles on road bike shoes break down?

I have 8000 or more miles on my road bike shoes with Carbon Fiber soles. Do these break down? My feet are beginning to feel some pressure and pain in the area above the cleat.

Is it time for new shoes?
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Old 01-29-12, 08:57 AM
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Do you walk in them too? I wouldn't think just pedaling would wear them out. Have you tried different shoes to see if the pain goes away?
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Your shoes might, but mine haven't. One pair is 7 years old with about 30,000 miles and has a nylon sole. The custom carbon shoes are about 3 years and have about 15,000 miles on them.
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I would think the actual fiber soles would be good until they crack. Is it possible some of the other under foot materials have worn away or compressed enough to cause your problems?
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You can crack them, scuff them up, or wear down sections you drag while walking, but you won't break the actual material down. That's why good carbon recycling is needed since all this goes into landfills and stays there for a very long time.
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I would think the actual fiber soles would be good until they crack. Is it possible some of the other under foot materials have worn away or compressed enough to cause your problems?
I don't walk more than a few yards at a time, and the soles look very good with no flaws.

I removed the stock insole and have been using an Aline insole since the shoes were new. https://www.aline.com/online-store

The Aline insole is dense plastic and thin at the widest part of the foot, so I'm certain that it has not begun to fail.

Maybe I'm just putting down more power and the pressure is bothering a nerve?
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What kind of pedal and cleat are you using? Could be that.
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I would try insoles first. These work really well for me. https://www.theinsolestore.com/superf...FbMAQAod4H11wA
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You may want to try some specialized bg insoles. I have a morton's neuroma on one foot and these are the only insoles I can wear without getting hot spots.

Insoles do break down.
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Plus 1 on the insoles. I have had my Specialized Carbon's for over 8 years with no problem. Limited walking in and out of garage or quick stop but still very viable with no need for replacement. The shoe is the most durable and long lived of anything I use save the bicycle itself.
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May be your feet instead of the shoes. Feet change as we ager - get flatter, etc.
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You might have just strained your foot from putting down too much pressure.I've had that before.It should go in a week or so
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