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Shoe fit - is the heel cup the most important area to fit?(5 posts)

Shoe fit - is the heel cup the most important area to fit?Fez
May 9, 2003 7:49 AM
I have a pair of brand new Sidi Genius 4 Megas that are giving me hotspots.

I used to have a cheapo pair of shoes that fit well. Not pretty, but no problems and no hotspots. Can't buy them anymore, so I had to go with Sidis.

I do have wide feet, so having the wider Mega toe box helps. But the Mega heel area is a little too large, and tightening the Sidi buckle won't help in that area. I think the sloppy heel area is making my feet slide and tense up while pedaling, resulting in hot spots.

So the $1,000,000 question is:

Do you fit Sidis by the heelcup and not the toebox? Should I get a proper fitting, narrower heeled shoe and loosen the velco straps up front for the toebox?
Using the Sidi insole or something else?madstork
May 9, 2003 8:05 AM
If you're using the Sidi insole, try something like a Dr. Scholl's Sport or a Superfeet insole. You could even cut off the front of the after-market insole if it makes the fit too tight around the forefoot. This may take up the slack around the heel and change nothing else, and be cheaper than a fitting or a new pair of shoes.

madstork
Sidi insole.Fez
May 9, 2003 8:11 AM
I would only try aftermarket insoles as a last resort. In general, I would afraid they would cause a bunch more problems after temporarily solving the original problem.

Does anyone make a thin heelcup insert so the toebox and arch area doesnt get screwed up?
I've seen heel inserts at...madstork
May 9, 2003 9:44 AM
walmart/kmart/drugstore chains/etc. Don't recall how thick they are, but they are out there. If you have a shoe repair shop (seems to be a dying breed) nearby, talk to someone there about the problem. I bet they can help you out.
ps on the heel insertmadstork
May 9, 2003 9:58 AM
While looking further down the message board, I saw a post about superfeet insoles. Coonass discussed the Sorbothane insoles he used. Clicked on the link to the S. insoles and saw a link to a Sorbothane heel insert. Looks thin, may be just what you need.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/commerce/command/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=5283&prmenbr=226