Shoes too tight: The fix.

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Gearoidmuar
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Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Gearoidmuar » 26 Jul 2019, 8:14pm

I bought a pair of new Shimano MTB shoes on the internet. Size 46. My usual, always fits.
Problem. They were too tight. Made of synthetics, not leather. Very tight across front of foot and toes. Tolerable without insoles but inside surface too bumpy to wear without insoles.
Googled. Two suggestions. Boiling water or hairdryer.

Went for hairdryer. Had a pair of shoe trees of correct size. Rammed into shoes with two pairs of thick socks on them. Heated tight area with hairdryer. Did this twice, allowing to cool.
Result: Wearable with no cosmetic damage. Made a difference of about half a size, which is what you want.
Apparently, it's recommended nowadays to get Shimano shoes half a size too big. My last several pairs of shoes have been of different makes.
There's a difference between snug and too tight!

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Jdsk » 26 Jul 2019, 8:28pm

Gearoidmuar wrote:Apparently, it's recommended nowadays to get Shimano shoes half a size too big. My last several pairs of shoes have been of different makes.

I'd suggest +1 Continental European size.

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Jul 2019, 8:35pm

Buy shoes that fit, irrespective of the number on the side of the box, shirley? Different lasts make a huge difference - there's some that no matter how big I bought them I couldn't get my wide-ass plates in!

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby De Sisti » 26 Jul 2019, 8:36pm

I'd recommend you use one of these. My feet are wide, so bought a pair of Sidi Mega shoes.
I still had to use the shoe stretcher on them.

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Gearoidmuar » 26 Jul 2019, 8:39pm

Jdsk wrote:
Gearoidmuar wrote:Apparently, it's recommended nowadays to get Shimano shoes half a size too big. My last several pairs of shoes have been of different makes.

I'd suggest +1 Continental European size.

Jonathan

That's half a conventional size!

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Gearoidmuar » 26 Jul 2019, 8:40pm

De Sisti wrote:I'd recommend you use one of these. My feet are wide, so bought a pair of Sidi Mega shoes.
I still had to use the shoe stretcher on them.


Don't think that would work on synthetics, without heat.

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby fausto99 » 27 Jul 2019, 8:49am

Bonefishblues wrote:Buy shoes that fit, irrespective of the number on the side of the box, shirley? Different lasts make a huge difference - there's some that no matter how big I bought them I couldn't get my wide-ass plates in!

Easier said than done!!! I don't see any shoes that are foot shaped and this applies to all shoes, not just Shimano cycling shoes. All shoes have, to a greater or lesser extent, pointed ends which scrunch up your toes and force the big toe towards the centre.

Whew! I can get off my soapbox now. :lol:

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 Jul 2019, 9:02am

fausto99 wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:Buy shoes that fit, irrespective of the number on the side of the box, shirley? Different lasts make a huge difference - there's some that no matter how big I bought them I couldn't get my wide-ass plates in!

Easier said than done!!! I don't see any shoes that are foot shaped and this applies to all shoes, not just Shimano cycling shoes. All shoes have, to a greater or lesser extent, pointed ends which scrunch up your toes and force the big toe towards the centre.

Whew! I can get off my soapbox now. :lol:

I'm increasingly living/cycling in Crocs' widest styles tbh

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby fausto99 » 27 Jul 2019, 11:14am

Bonefishblues wrote:I'm increasingly living/cycling in Crocs' widest styles tbh

Where d'you get SPD Crocs then? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 Jul 2019, 11:17am

Big squashy sole on big wide pedal may not be optimal, but who cares, really? :lol:

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby De Sisti » 27 Jul 2019, 11:31am

Gearoidmuar wrote:
De Sisti wrote:I'd recommend you use one of these. My feet are wide, so bought a pair of Sidi Mega shoes.
I still had to use the shoe stretcher on them.


Don't think that would work on synthetics, without heat.

I would disagree with you. However, if you still hold to your view, try one of these.

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby roubaixtuesday » 27 Jul 2019, 11:47am

fausto99 wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:Buy shoes that fit, irrespective of the number on the side of the box, shirley? Different lasts make a huge difference - there's some that no matter how big I bought them I couldn't get my wide-ass plates in!

Easier said than done!!! I don't see any shoes that are foot shaped and this applies to all shoes, not just Shimano cycling shoes. All shoes have, to a greater or lesser extent, pointed ends which scrunch up your toes and force the big toe towards the centre.

Whew! I can get off my soapbox now. :lol:


Blessed with the precise opposite problem, size 13 XXnarrow feet, I hate the fact that wide fittings are advertised as a good thing. Who wants shoes that if long enough result in your clodhoppers rolling around like a coracle on the high seas?

Further, I find that for cycling shoes, you need at least one, maybe two sizes larger than normal shoes for the same length, which leaves me adrift trying to get size 50s! Why? Who knows.

Whew! I can get off my soapbox now. :lol:

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby mercalia » 27 Jul 2019, 1:05pm

send them back and get the right size

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby Des49 » 31 Jul 2019, 7:12am

Bonefishblues wrote:Buy shoes that fit, irrespective of the number on the side of the box, shirley? Different lasts make a huge difference - there's some that no matter how big I bought them I couldn't get my wide-ass plates in!


I have very wide short feet, never found any shoes that fit perfectly.

The modern synthetic cycling shoes do not wear in like shoes of yesteryear and I have encountered the same issue as the OP. I like my racing shoes to be very snug and do not want to get them too much longer than necessary, which means many are just too narrow a fit across the forefoot. My current pair of Sidi racing shoes are starting to break up on the uppers, I got a bargain replacement pair recently for when I need them, couldn't resist £124 for a £300 pair of shoes, exact same model as my old pair.

Same size 40, but can hardly get my foot in them. I know they will wear in a bit over time like the old pair, if I have trouble may try the hair drier trick myself!

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Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Postby fausto99 » 31 Jul 2019, 8:13am

De Sisti wrote:I'd recommend you use one of these. My feet are wide, so bought a pair of Sidi Mega shoes.
I still had to use the shoe stretcher on them.

...and another thing. This stretcher is not foot shaped either....