4 top tips to get the right fitting cycling shoes
We did it!
The 2016 Summer Olympics began and ended with Team GB making us proud in Rio de Janerio.
With a wheelbarrow filled with glistening and glittering, gold, silver and bronze medals; Team GB churned the wins out like hot cakes, taking second place and making us so proud!
Whether you are reeling on post-Olympic fever, part of a loved up powerhouse cycling duo like Trott and Kenny (pictured above) taking the World by storm, or feeling inspired and enjoying the countryside or taking a free-spirited, wind tickling through your hair bike ride…wearing cycling shoes that fit properly is the thing to do!
But what does one look out for in finding those treasured cycling shoes that fit well and make any riding experience one where you do "Keep calm and pedal on"?
Here are 4 top tips from David Eardley on what to consider when thinking about cycling shoes.
David Eardley, lead Podiatrist at the ‘North East Foot Centre’, has the specialist advice needed to ensure that your cycling shoes are fit for you.
1. Tell the Truth
First of all…you’ve got to be honest with yourself. Honest about what kind of riding you’re really buying your new shoes for. If most of your weather is all weather, all year commuting through stop-start traffic, then there’s no point buying a super-light, carbon-soled, highly vented pair of £300 racing shoes. You’ll get cold, wet feet, trash them on the first ride, and then fall over on the office stairs.
2. Match your pedals...win those medals
Pedal choice matters too. Many racing shoes only fit three-bolt cleats for single-sided pedals, which simply don’t mix with traffic. For urban commutes a double-sided pedal for easy clipping is best, plus a shoe with a recessed cleat for easy walking. If you’re worried about a heavy touring shoe affecting performance, then try a mountain-bike or cross-racing shoe which can be as light as road race shoes.
3. Get in shape...it is never too late
Cycling foot problems often occur because people don’t match their shoe shape to their foot shape. To avoid a mismatch trace around your bare foot while standing on a piece of paper. Then got to a cycling shop and match the shape of different shoe insoles to your foot outline. When you try them on, stand up and apply pressure through the ball of your foot to make sure they are not too tight.
4. Gain no Pain...take this lane
Better comfort can be achieved with a good off-the-shelf insole like the Sole Ultrathin, which will provide extra arch support and a good heel cup to stabilise the foot when pedalling. To tackle painful symptoms such as hot spots, arch and even knee pain, you’re best going to see a good podiatrist who may use foot scans and dynamic pedalling analysis to prescribe you a custom foot bed.
Where to buy cycling shoes?
If you are local to the North East, Start Cycles have a superb range and offering.