Custom cycling shoes are molded to the shape of your foot and provide the ultimate fit for power transfer. But more than just an added performance enhancement, custom cycling shoes can also help prevent injury too.
Shimano is the first mainstream shoemaker to provide custom shoes directly from your local bike shop. Their SH-R300 is the top of the line shoe, but they also make a SH-M300 for your mountain bike as well. The process is done at your local bike shop with an easy-bake oven that heats your new shoes. Then when they get to a proper molding temperature the mechanic pulls them from the oven and slides them on your feet. You sit back and relax while your shoe is wrapped in a plastic bag and a vacuum tube sucks the air from your shoe. Have you ever seen those luggage compression bags? This is the same thing. The vacuum process draws the shoe tightly against your foot and cools that way so it retains the custom shape. And you can ride them right away.
But you don’t always have to find a custom retailer and the ultimate fit. There are alternatives that can enhance your riding experience. Shoe makers like Sidi, Northwave, Adidas, DMT, and Lake also have long-standing followers of their products. You can give your existing shoes an upgrade too with a new set of insoles.
While everyone is hot to build themselves a custom bicycle frame fit to their own body it is only natural that we are exploring more possible avenues of customization. Nothing beats custom, but until your ship comes in it’s good to see what fits your riding frequency and budget. There are a lot of fish in the sea to choose from.