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Shoe fit(5 posts)

Shoe fitDCP
Mar 29, 2002 6:40 AM
I have used carbon fiber soled shoes now for about six weeks. My old shoes were fairly stiff, but not in the same league. Now my small toe on each foot get irritated after about two hours. I think it is caused by very minor vertical movement of my feet in the shoes. The shoes fit pretty tight and I could not wear the next smaller size. I have been waiting for the shoes to break in, but I am beginning to realize that those soles are not going to develop any movement and there may be no break in that solves this problem.

I was thinking of getting an footbed of some sort to restrict the vertical movement. Anyone with a similar experience or a solution? Can anyone recommend a footbed?
re: Shoe fitDINOSAUR
Mar 29, 2002 7:29 AM
Some guys use the Superfeet grey (?) inserts. Don't know if this would help though, they would probably make your shoes feel tighter. The only cure might be a new pair of shoes. Did you change brands?
re: Shoe fitDCP
Mar 29, 2002 7:53 AM
I did switch brands, Shimano to Nike. I really don't think the shoes could be much tighter in the toe box than they are without being painful. I tried tightening the straps which merely resulted in my foot hurting from being crushed. The movement causing the irritation is very slight. I think I will try the Superfeet, thanks.
Mar 29, 2002 8:56 AM
Try locating a Superfeet dealer in the area you reside. You can purchase over the counter. You can enter Superfeet in your search engine and find a dealer near you...good luck, cheaper than new shoes..
re: Shoe fitsimstress
Mar 29, 2002 7:38 AM
At first I thought you were concerned your shoes were too snug in the toebox, but then I realized you had too much volume up there. I've heard good things about Superfeet ($30) too. They make several versions, so make sure you get the cycling one. I'm going to try them when I get my next pair of shoes.

When I was doing long runs (10+ miles), I would put a bandage on my pinky toes to prevent irritation. I think the irritation was due to abrasion though, not excessive volume in the toebox. Good luck.