Foot and cycling shoe - a love-hate relationship?
Our feet are a flexible structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and countless tendons, which are very individually developed in each person. In addition to measurable dimensions, it is also important to note that the fit can vary greatly depending on whether you are wearing shoes wider or tighter. The choice of material and construction also noticeably change the fit and have an influence on wear comfort that should not be underestimated.
There is no reliable, objective standard for "fit" to determine a correct size or the most suitable model - except to try shoes!
Since most cycling shoes are connected directly to the pedal, the feet shouldn't move in the shoe. Otherwise, the stability required to ride and steer the bike safely suffers. Above all, there is the risk of losing valuable watts in the power transmission.
For this reason, the shoe industry offers rather tight and narrow shoe models to prevent this problem. Furthermore, mainly synthetic materials are used as upper material, as these materials do not stretch in contrast to leather.
At the same time, the cyclist makes a compromise by consciously sacrificing comfort and wearing narrow shoes with too little volume or length. This is to ensure optimum power transmission and stability in the shoe. In addition, the shoes are very tightly closed with the help of different fastening systems. Problems for the foot are already pre-programmed from the start...
The goal should always be to merge shoe and foot into a UNITY in such a way that the power transmission reaches the optimum - without risking the well-being of the foot. In order to check whether this is the case, you only have to answer one question: after about 1-1.5 hours of cycling, you start to feel problems such as falling asleep feet, burning on the sole of the foot, tightening in the shoe? Pain, numbness? Does the shoe have to be loosened, opened or do you even have to stop?
Why is that? It is worth taking a closer look at what actually happens to our feet in the cycling shoe. More about this in the upcoming blog posts.
foto credit: Francesca Castellan