Wider Feet/Foot Support

Wider Feet/Foot Support

A version of this article was originally
published in Triathlete Magazine

Dear Tech Support,

I have a size 10 EEE foot. Are there any bike shoes that come in bigger widths?

Thanks,

Dick
Hanalei, Hi

Dick,

There are some manufacturers who have taken the needs of folks with wider feet into account. Sidi makes shoes for wide feet. The Genius 4 MEGA has all the same features as the standard Genius 4, but is designed around a wider last. Shimano and Carnac also make wide versions of some of their models. Another option is to have a custom shoe made for you. While more expensive than stock shoes, they are made to match your foot exactly. Rocket 7 makes custom shoes for all cycling disciplines, including triathlon. (Note: Rocket7 closed in 2009. D2 and Bont both make custom shoes.)

Regardless of your foot size and shape, think of your feet the same way you think about the foundation of a house – they are what supports and aligns the rest of the structure above. Your foot and ankle alignment directly effect your power output, leg alignment, joints and even your hip and shoulder alignment during riding. Poor foot support and alignment can lead to problems ranging from diminished power output, to knee, back and even neck pain. Medical studies have shown that up to 95% of people’s feet pronate or supinate to the point where they do not have optimal alignment. Having an orthotic or custom footbed made is the best solution and will help enhance your riding comfort and power. For best results, find a podiatrist (doctor who specializes in feet), pedorthist, physical therapist or a cycling technician skilled at building custom footbeds specifically for cyclists.

Best of luck and I hope this helps your feet be happy for miles down the road.

Ian

Originally published June 2002/Copyright © 2002

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From first time riders to Olympians, Ian has helped thousands of athletes achieve their cycling and triathlon goals. Ian develops much of the Fit Werx fitting and analysis protocols and is responsible for technology training and development. He is regarded as one of the industry leaders in bicycle fitting, cycling biomechanics and bicycle geometry and design. He is dedicated to making sure the Fit Werx differences are delivered daily and provides Fit Werx with corporate direction and is responsible for uniting our staff and initiatives.

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