Foot and cycling shoe - a love-hate relationship? (part 4)
From what we know so far about the foot and cycling shoe, there is almost only the possibility of making a compromise with corresponding consequences: either you tend to choose a shoe that is too small so that the foot cannot move, or you choose a shoe that is too big because it is more comfortable to wear. Both solutions are not comfortable. In both cases, the lack of space for the foot respectively the disproportionately strong closing of the shoe leads to strong pressure on the foot with the known negative results.
In our research we have found that some suppliers try to solve the problem of pain in the shoe where the pain occurs: under the sole of the foot. For example, with a footbed that adapts to the sole of the foot by warming up, with a wider outsole design or even with orthopaedic insoles. These changes may ease symptoms, but do not solve the cause. Our analyses have shown that the problems originate in the upper, where the vertical closing forces build up pressure on the foot (see previous blog posts on the topic).
Thanks to the new CRX closure system developed by e-vers cycling, these forces are now redirected: pulling back into the heel instead of pushing down. The two overlapping straps are connected with a Kevlar cable that runs through the heel. When closing, there is now an " embracement" of the rear foot, which leads to substantial advantages in use:
- less closing pressure necessary due to CRX "embracing" the foot
- Relief of the foot by distributing the closing pressure over a larger surface area
- variable straps adapt to the individual instep of the wearer improving overall foothold
- Relief of the metatarsus, as no pressure is built up from above.
- Free space for the forefoot without restriction in the foothold
As a result, foot and shoe become a perfect unit that allows maximum transfer of power without compromising comfort.
The pain no longer has to be faded out or suppressed. Even after hours in the saddle. It is no longer necessary to constantly think about whether the shoe needs to be opened a little or closed a little more...
If your foot feels more comfortable and your overall well-being improves, what do you think the effect will be on your performance?
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