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Cycling Shoe Fit

We explained how to choose the best cycling shoes in the April issue of Spinning News for Spinning Enthusiasts. In addition to choosing the right shoe for your foot, you also need to make sure you find the right fit.

You’re probably used to buying running shoes with a full thumb’s width of room at the end of the shoe. In a cycling shoe where there’s no impact, you can get by with less room. Your cycling shoe should feel like it’s comfortably hugging your foot in the arch area and across the ball of your foot. Make sure you can wiggle your toes and there is no uncomfortable pressure on the tops or sides of your toes. Don’t forget, many people’s feet swell when they ride. If you are experiencing any numbness in your feet at the end of the ride, make sure to loosen the buckles or straps on your shoe about 20 minutes into your class. (Numbness in your feet can also be caused by a problem with your saddle.)

Some shoes come in different widths. If you normally buy a wide running shoe, make sure to look for a wide cycling shoe.

Other factors that may affect the sizing of your shoes: Do you have a high arch or use an orthotic in your cycling shoe? You may want to go with a wide size to give you more room. Women can try the men’s size to get more room for an orthotic. Also, if you have proportionately longer feet and shorter toes, you may want to go up a half size to get the arch of the shoe in the correct place for your feet.

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