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How snug should roadie clipless shoes be??

Old 04-12-05, 10:00 PM
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How snug should roadie clipless shoes be??

It seems my feet have grown over the winter, and my shimano shoes no longer have the "wiggle" at the toes i once remember, still wearable though. Are road shoes something that should be word very tight, like rock climbing shoes? Or should they have room at the end for wiggle in the toes like any good set of regular shoes?
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Old 04-12-05, 10:02 PM
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I prefer pretty tight shoes cause I seem to ride better when the shoes are extra snug and my feet aren't moving around in them, but that's just me others may differ.
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I have found that if I wear my shoes too tightly, that I cut off circulation to my feet (big surprise huh?). This usually manifests around mile 20 as a "dead" or "numb" foot. Your shoes should be tight enough to be effective on the upstroke, but not too tight to cut off circulation.

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Never worn them, but thinking about getting some. I've read that they should be snug fitting around the sides and heel, but have wriggle room at the toes.
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Snug. Not so tight as to cut off circulation, but still fairly snug. No 'play' in the shoes!
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hmmm,, sounds like i need a new pair then, as they also seem ever so slightly to thin now, thanks!
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Snug is good; keep in mind that your feet will swell a bit during the course of your ride.
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I actually prefer just a tad of "wiggle room" in the toe area. I agree that feet can swell during a long ride, and the bit of room keeps my feet from hurting 20 miles into a ride.

As long as the heel's snug, I think you're okay.
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Snug at the ankle & instep, but looser in the toe area -- more if you are doing long distance and/or are prone to Hot Foot.
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Originally Posted by krazyderek
It seems my feet have grown over the winter, and my shimano shoes no longer have the "wiggle" at the toes i once remember, still wearable though. Are road shoes something that should be word very tight, like rock climbing shoes? Or should they have room at the end for wiggle in the toes like any good set of regular shoes?
When I put them on (and mine are carbon bottoms with a 10 stiffness rating) they fit the same way my running shoes fit - comfortable. If you are cranking along for a couple or more hours, the last thing you need is uncomfortable shoes - especially considering that your feet will tend to swell as you go along. Size them like you planned to walk or run in them.
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This article has some quality information on this subject:

http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/features/shoes.shtml
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I have found if my shoes are loose on the sides, my foot slides forward and gets crammed into the front and my toes suffer. Like others on this thread, I suggest close fit on the sides, and room around your toes.
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My feet go numb almost every ride over 10 miles. I don't think it's doing any damage, and since there are no interesting or necessary sensations coming from my feet, I just ignore it.
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