5 tips on how to find the right cycling shoe

5 tips by Oliver Elsenbach, founder of SOLESTAR cycling insoles

Oliver and Johan Vansummeren (Team Ag2r)

The are many factors to consider when deciding for new cycling shoes. Oliver Elsenbach and his team have over 10 years of experience advising professional riders on how to optimize their biomechanics in cycling.

After thousands of bike and insole fittings for cyclists of highest level here are his five tips about what to look out for when choosing the right cycling shoe for you.


Step #1: Finding the right length

3 to 5mm is the ideal fitCycling shoes are not running shoes! In contrast to choosing a running or even walking shoe you do not need extra room in your cycling shoes. There is no rolling motion of the foot in cycling. You can easily test if the length of your cycling shoe is appropriate. Just take out the original insole of the shoe you are interested in buying and step on the insole.

The shoe's length is ideal, if you have three to five millimetres from the front of your big toe to the upper end of the insole (sse picture). Make sure that your heel is located right at the lower end of the insole when you carry out this test!

Step #2: Checking the width

Hold to test the fitNow that you found the right length you should not compromise on the width! The front region of the foot is the widest part of the foot and very sensitive in cycling as this is where the transfer of power from foot to pedal happens. There should not be any unnecessary pressure or space on the sides of the foot.

Step #3: The fastening system

Velcro positionMoreover, you should take a good look at your shoes fastening system. Buckles and Velcro should not exert any additional pressure. When fastening your shoe the top material of the shoe should never fold, otherwise this could apply extra pressure points onto your foot. The form of the shoe is likely to suit to your foot if the fastening system is in a middle position when closing the shoe.

Step #4: Heel support

Hold to test the fitA good cycling shoe fit provides a secure anchor for your heel. It should never slip, nor should there be any extra pressure or pain while walking.

Ask a second person to help you to check if the shoe has a good hold for your heel. This person should press the closed shoe to the floor. Now you have to try to raise the heel. If you manage to raise the heel fully or partly out of the shoe, the shoe is not supporting your heel accurately.

Step #5: Your personal impression

Finally: Your cycling shoes should feel completely comfortable. If you feel that the fit is not perfect ask your dealer if there are any alternative brands or fits that would suit your requirements. Apply the four steps as explained above again when trying other shoes.



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Maxime Monfort (Team Lotto Belisol)  Now that you found your perfect cycling shoe there is only one way to get the maximum in stability inside the shoe. SOLESTAR's revolutionary new and patented insoles have a unique shape that enables your feet to stay in the best position for cycling:

   +  better power transmission from foot to pedal

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