Heat formable footbeds for cycling shoes

rjsmith
rjsmith Posts: 1,924
edited March 2010 in Road buying advice
Despite trying many different cycling shoes over the years I'm still not totally happy so wondered about trying some heat formable insoles. Any recommendations or things to watch for? Is thinner better to stop them reducing the room in my foot?

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  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,275
    I'd recommend them, but I'd also recommend you consult someone who knows what they are doing when buying them. Is there a bike shop near you that does the Specialized BG fit stuff?
  • weeve
    weeve Posts: 393
    answer is yes if have high vol foot...which leaves only the sidas conformable cycling specific version of the typical ski ones that I know of.

    I had some made - 75 quid (blimey) in cyclefit. Fit well but I started get bad knees from different rotation so went back to pointless sidi flats (despite very high arch of foot) and just did them up tighter.

    some people swear by them but personally I think are over rated. Horses for courses. I spend (read "waste") a lot of money on bikes so its not the $...just didnt get on with them. Weirdly though I swear by their thicker counterparts for ski and ice climbing boots
  • on-yer-bike
    on-yer-bike Posts: 2,974
    weeve wrote:
    I had some made - 75 quid (blimey) in cyclefit. Fit well but I started get bad knees from different rotation so went back to pointless sidi flats (despite very high arch of foot) and just did them up tighter.

    some people swear by them but personally I think are over rated. Horses for courses. I spend (read "waste") a lot of money on bikes so its not the $...just didnt get on with them. Weirdly though I swear by their thicker counterparts for ski and ice climbing boots

    +1.

    I dont think its weird. You dont put all your weight into a cycling shoe for long periods of time. Sidi actually warn against using any other insoles.
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  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    Why not go to your GP - and see if you can get some custom orthotics ?

    I did this - and it doesn't cost - you get a proper consultation - and an orthotic made specifically for your foot.

    The downside is - the orthotic is designed (primarily) for walking - but the gut I seen was a cyclists - and says he gets lots of cyclists in for orthotics. Sorted me out anyway.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    rjsmith wrote:
    Despite trying many different cycling shoes over the years I'm still not totally happy so wondered about trying some heat formable insoles. Any recommendations or things to watch for? Is thinner better to stop them reducing the room in my foot?

    Have a trip up to see www.cadencesport.co.uk. It's a bit of a trek for you but well worth it!

    £100 for a bike fit with free Sidas Conformable foot beds.

    Best £100 quid I ever spent on cycling...