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High-top shoes for 'cross racingjayb29
Oct 7, 2001 12:30 PM
I've done two races - and nearly turned my ankle dismounting both days. Is it a good idea to use high top shoes to avoid this? It seems they might be better when things get cold and muddy in another couple of weeks.

I haven't seen anyone wearing high top shoes, and wondering if there is a reason why that I haven't thought about.

re: High-top shoes for 'cross racingrollo tommassi
Oct 8, 2001 9:17 AM
Is the ankle-turning happening when your foot hits the ground, or more when actually running? If turning happens when unclipping, be sure to loosen the cleat tension on the left pedal to make unclipping easier.

It may not be necessary to buy new shoes - I have similar issues with my right ankle, and so I tape it up every time. My problem is double, in that my ankle is 'weak' from several previous injuries (so many that i've lost count) plus I have bone spurs in both ankles (ugh).

High tops do not necessarily prevent turning, as I still tape them when wearing my 'winter' shoes which are hightops. I have Northwave Arctics - they are good, though the 'top' part is really just a neoprene sock; Adidas and Gaerne winter mtn bike shoes have more of a supporting collar. However, simply tying the shoes on harder won't competely solve the problem - the soles are so stiff on mtn bike shoes your foot will turn off of the platform of the shoe, and not the ground itself!

It is hard on your feet, though, as the ground you are hitting is likely to be uneven, particularly near dismounts it is all chewed up by others. I suggest a good tape job like a football player is your best bet.

hope that helps
re: High-top shoes for 'cross racingjayb29
Oct 8, 2001 10:21 AM
Thanks for your insight.

The turning happens when my foot hits the ground. I suspect it is a result of previous injuries from playing too much soccer and lacrosse.

I'll try taping, or putting one of my old ace bandages on.

loosen pedal retentionbn
Oct 8, 2001 9:32 AM
on left side, assuming your pedals are not time atac