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Numb and cold feet(11 posts)

Numb and cold feetThierry
Nov 19, 2001 10:21 AM
Hello, on everyride (I am a beginner) my feet feel numb and cold may be after only half an hour or so. Is this something to do with the quality of the shoe (I have an entry level Shimano pair of shoes)? Or is this normal with cycling shoes?
re: Numb and cold feetI AM
Nov 19, 2001 10:37 AM
They're too tight(nm)
was it cold out?Dog
Nov 19, 2001 10:45 AM
Makes a difference. Might just be the cold, but otherwise it could be a couple of things, most likely the "too tight" problem mentioned above.

Try loosening your straps a little.

You should be able to move your toes around quite a bit inside your shoes. Doing so occasionally will help to avoid numbness. If you can't move them, you probably need bigger shoes.

was it cold out?Thierry
Nov 19, 2001 11:00 AM
Thanks a lot for the advice. I'll check my shoe size and
make sure that they are OK for me. What is the rule of thumb for cycling shoes size? For my running shoes I use 1 or 1 and 1/2 size above my street shoes size. Would that also be true for cycling shoes?
was it cold out?gtx
Nov 19, 2001 11:05 AM
cycling shoes should be a bit more snug than street shoes, but you should be able to move your toes around and they should be comfortable. Shoe size and fit really varies by manufacturer. If it was cold, you might consider wool socks (check out Smartwool socks) or even booties. These are nice and pretty cheap.
was it cold out?Lone Gunman
Nov 19, 2001 1:27 PM
Additionally, if the tops of your shoes are mesh, alot of air flows through them. Might consider shoe covers. A source I saw that has them is He also sells insoles for $2?$3? that are bubble wrap with foil attached to them, work like the foil survivor space blankets, reflect heat, remove the original and replace with these. Old socks can also be used as shoe covers, make 1 incision near the cleat area toe to heal direction about 2 inches long. For a diagram/idea, look at Defeet shoe covers from or try those if so inclined. Wool socks do work well, merino wool mens dress socks work just the same as smartwools.
and duct tapeDog
Nov 19, 2001 2:10 PM
I'm not proud. On really cold days, I put duct tape over the fronts of my shoes to keep out the cold air and dampness. On gray/black shoes, it actually doesn't look too dorky, at a distance. I just don't care for shoe covers, myself.

and duct tape over the cleat holes, and ziploc baggies!!!...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 19, 2001 2:19 PM
many don't like to wear ziploc baggies in their shoes, but speaking of not being proud...well, i have two boxes of generic ziploc baggies on my helmet shelf in the haiku bike shop (AKA "your messy garage"). i like to wear them even with shoe covers.

a big difference was had by removing the insoles and putting a piece of packing tape (or duct tape) over the holes where the cleat hardware meet the cleats. stick the insoles back over and viola! (sic)
really lacking prideDog
Nov 19, 2001 2:49 PM
You really hit rock bottom on the cycling "no pride" scale when you put reflective tape all over your prized bike, helmet, and shoes. It looks pretty darn dorky (effective, but dorky).

yes, but 508 miles in one effort balances that out, no? nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 20, 2001 6:24 AM
shoe coverstarwheel
Nov 19, 2001 7:15 PM
Pearl Izumi and other cycling apparel mfgs make a variety of shoe covers, which will help keep your feet warm. Some of them are pretty expensive. I've got a pair of the PI toe covers, which just cover the front of the shoes. They cost about $20 from colorado cyclist and help a lot. They're also easy to put on and remove.