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shoe fit question...(6 posts)

shoe fit question...jtferraro
May 21, 2003 10:16 AM
How tight should road shoes be, both width-wise and length-wise? I'm under the impression that you want them as small as can be (width/length/heel-cup/everyway possible, etc.)for maximum energy transfer - as long as they are still reasonable comfortable and don't cause blisters, corns, hot spots, etc. Am I correct in thinking this way? I used to fit ski boots so I know the performance gains from "fitting like a sock", but is this as important w/road cycling? The reason I ask is b/c my road shoes aren't as small, overall, as my mtb shoes.

Thanks for any advice,

-Jeff
re: shoe fit question...Spoiler
May 21, 2003 10:30 AM
I want my shoes to be more than reasonably comfortable. If you race for money or just do time trials or triathlons, maybe you can deal with tighter shoes, but if you ride for fun, you probably won't miss the nanowatt of power transfer that you sacrifice for comfort.
Generally tighter, but be carefulKerry
May 21, 2003 5:29 PM
Some people's feet swell a lot during a ride, and so they have to have room for expansion. That's why higher end shoes have more adjustment possibilities. If your toe just touches the front of the shoe, you're probably in trouble if your foot swells even a little. Obviously if you get no blisters, hot spots, or pain, then the shoes fit. If they need to be your year-round shoes, then you may need a little more room for thicker socks. Width is less of an issue than length, because you can loosen the straps for width. With ski boots, you want a tight fit everywhere BUT the toes, and it's not far off with cycling shoes.
Thanks. I thought of that foot swelling issue, too. (nm)jtferraro
May 22, 2003 6:43 AM
If it fits like a ski boot, it's way too tight!BergMann
May 21, 2003 6:31 PM
Road bike shoes should indeed "fit like a sock" - a nice comfortable sock without any of the pressure points or squeeze that comes with "performance sizing" ski boots.

One point of similarity: like in a ski boot, the most important thing is a nice snug fit in the heel cup. In the worst case scenario, heel lift in bike shoes can translate into your foot slipping out of a shoe in a sprint or on a serious climb.

A little bit of "wiggle room" in the toe box is no big deal, as long as your foot doesn't wash around too much side to side. Look for shoes with good closure systems that don't bind or cause pressure points on top of the foot when you want to snug them up a bit for sprinting, climbing, etc.

Good luck!
Thanks. (nm)jtferraro
May 22, 2003 6:48 AM