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Correct fit for new shoes(2 posts)

Correct fit for new shoesWyatt
Apr 21, 2001 8:21 PM
While trying to buy new road shoes this week I had a difficult time trying to detrmine in the store which was the best fit. I don't know how much to allow for feet swelling and or shoes stretching. Should they be really snug or roomy while in the store? How much effect will riding have on the fit?

re: Correct fit for new shoesMel Erickson
Apr 22, 2001 7:16 AM
I like to have a snug heal but roomy toe box. My experience has been that your forefoot is likely to swell but your heal doesn't. I have a narrow heal anyway and less than a snug fit there can mean slippage and trouble. I don't like a snug fit around my toes, even if my feet don't swell. I don't mean roomy enough so your foot slides side to side or the top of the shoe puckers when you cinch the straps but some wiggle room. I like the toe box to fit similar to my street shoes. You can adjust somewhat with inserts of various types, from simple Dr. Scholes(sp?) type insoles to more costly ones like Superfeet (I use these and really like them). A good, stiff, shoe sole is important for application of power and comfort. I haven't seen much, if any, stretch in my Vittorias after two years. Man made materials don't seem to stretch much.