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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-13-13, 05:20 PM   #1
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Shoe Stretch

I just bought a pair of Shimano R113L road shoes on-line. The width is fine, but my big toe is right up against the toe of the right shoe. Do shoes stretch or break-in at all lengthwise?
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Old 06-13-13, 05:28 PM   #2
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There's not a lot of stretch with cycling shoes, period. Synthetics don't stretch like leather.
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Not a whole lot. They are meant to be snug.
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This might work: http://www.bikefit.com/p-85-bunion-shoe-stretcher.aspx
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My Sidi's were a bit tight in front. I took out the insoles and road them for a few weeks.
The shoes broke in after a while and I was able to fit the insoles back again. You can also
try getting the thinnest socks you can find.
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I was wearing regular cotton socks when I tried them on the first time. I tried with a thin pair and it made a difference. I think if I go to the next 1/2 size they'll probably be to big so I'm going to ride these a little and see how they feel on the road. Next challenge is setting up the cleat. This is my first pair of clipless shoes and pedals.

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any idea if this works??
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My Sidi's were a bit tight in front. I took out the insoles and road them for a few weeks.
The shoes broke in after a while and I was able to fit the insoles back again. You can also
try getting the thinnest socks you can find.
no insoles...not sure if serious.
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any idea if this works??
Doesn't look like it would work in the toe area, right at the front.
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just bought that bunion stretcher and going to use on a corn..wish me luck.
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In my experience, the synthetic leather, fabric, and other materials won't stretch, per se, they break in in the sense that they will conform to the shape of your foot to a degree, and any foam may squish a bit. IMO, cycling shoes should fit well but not tight/snug and especially not too narrow, which can lead to hot spots, numbness, pains etc..
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Nothing worse than hitting mile 60 of a century with shoes that are too small. I can say with experience that shoe stretchers don't work. Synthetic leather does not stretch.
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no insoles...not sure if serious.
The bottom of my feet hurt towards the end of some long club rides,
80-100 miles. But it was better than the tight feeling with the insoles
in. After a few weeks, the shoes broke-in and I was able to put the
insoles back.

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