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Toe Rubbing in Specialized S Works Shoes

Old 06-12-14, 07:36 AM
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Toe Rubbing in Specialized S Works Shoes

Recently bought a pair of the 2012 Model. My left foot is about half a size bigger than my right foot so compromises have to be made. After about 30 miles my second toe on my left foot starts rubbing on the front of the shoes and becomes painful. That toe is longer than the big toe. I suspect as the shoes stretches during the ride this happens. Similar to boot bang with a ski book. Has anybody had this problem or suggestions. Am a bit afraid the fit is already too tight for an orthotic or insert.
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always fit to the big foot. that said find a cobbler and see if they can stretch it
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Can you find a low profile insert to replace the existing one?
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Superfeet Yellows work great for this. Very thin in front can will buy you a fair amount of toe room, maybe just enough to make it work.
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Can you find a low profile insert to replace the existing one?
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Originally Posted by darb85 View Post
always fit to the big foot. that said find a cobbler and see if they can stretch it
This or larger shoes. Always better than reducing foot length.
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Buy new shoes.
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Go to Home Depot and get a razor knife. Make a slit all the way through the side where the toe is. This will relieve the pressure and allow the shoe to stretch. I had to do this will all my running shoes and many of my cycling shoes. Next time look for shoes with a wide toe box and buy them a half size big.
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Originally Posted by Ray9 View Post
Go to Home Depot and get a razor knife. Make a slit all the way through the side where the toe is. This will relieve the pressure and allow the shoe to stretch. I had to do this will all my running shoes and many of my cycling shoes. Next time look for shoes with a wide toe box and buy them a half size big.
Seems extreme.
Instead OP, take your bothersome shoe to the local shoe cobbler and have him put the shoe on a stretcher. You have the option of stretching the toe for width and/or the shoe for length. The last of the shoe can be stretched in either direction by 1/2 size...even with rigid carbon sole.
HTH.
PS: you can also build up the arch which will decrease the 'effective' length of the foot but this changes the pressure distribution on the foot which may or may not be positive. If your foot is pronating however under pressure, it is increasing in length during the pedal stroke aggravating your issue and therefore providing proper arch support will help.
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I've been this route trying to stretch s-works shoes. Didn't work. It's not leather.
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
I've been this route trying to stretch s-works shoes. Didn't work. It's not leather.
You need to find a cobbler with a better expander. Syn leather on Sworks shoes will stretch aka yield/deform with enough stress.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
You need to find a cobbler with a better expander. Syn leather on Sworks shoes will stretch aka yield/deform with enough stress.
It wasn't worth the effort to me, these were a limited edition black version, so I just sold them as almost new.
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Why did you create a second thread?
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Ski boot fitting sometimes uses a heat *** and a mini hydraulic press. Area of pressure is marked on boot , insert press using various mandrels , heat boot, increase pressure ,let cool . Next time try ski shop .
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