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How do you know when you need new shoes?(4 posts)

How do you know when you need new shoes?szybki
Jun 26, 2002 7:04 AM
I realize this is a stupid question, obviously if the straps are broken, etc., then you KNOW they're bad. BUT, do soles tend to lose stiffness? I swear I can feel my soles flexing when I'm hammering on the pedals. It's causing my feet to hurt. The temp. has been much higher the last few weeks and this could be contributing to the foot pain. I don't want to buy new shoes and still have the problem. BTW, the shoes are Sidi G3's. Thanks.
re:mine have died the following less obvious waysdzrider
Jun 26, 2002 7:21 AM
Stretched to the point that my heel slid in and out of the shoe.

Bolts for the cleats pushed far enough into the sole to make an uncomfortable bump in the bottom.

Became a home for some kind of athlete's foot fungus that I couldn't get rid of.
re: How do you know when you need new shoes?TomS
Jun 26, 2002 7:27 AM
Nylon soles will start to flex after a while; supposedly carbon fiber soles will remain stiff. The body of the shoe might stretch (especially leather). Also the velcro on the straps can wear out - I have a pair of specialized mtn biking shoes that have both straps and laces, and I realized the other day that the straps are basically just sitting there, when I undo them there's only a small patch of velcro at the tip of each strap that still actually catches. No wonder they were feeling loose! They're a few years old though...

And if the soles are flexing more than they should and/or your feet are sliding around a bit because of stretching or insecure straps, then that could make your feet hurt!
re: How do you know when you need new shoes?JackDanielsFSU
Jun 26, 2002 7:51 AM
When you can see your toes and your still wearing your shoes its time for new ones..

But to be serious I broke down a pair of mountain bike shoes like that. I was getting knee pain cuz the soles had broken down and were flexing alot. Get a new pair and if the pain continues its not like u have lost alot. You woudl have to replace them later down the road anyways