Sore feet while cycling? Custom footbeds can be the solution

Hands up if you have ever suffered from sore feet when cycling? Thought so, quite a few of you. You might have been tempted then to invest in custom footbeds, only to be put off by the high prices that are usually asked of them.

Moulding soles to your feet can lead to dramatic improvements, with increased comfort the clear bonus from going down the custom route. Other benefits include improved stability and power, so you can stamp on the pedals that little bit harder.

Aiming to make custom footbeds affordable is Sole, a company with a nice range of footbeds. Their prices start from just £38.The soles can be heat or wear mouldable (they mould to your feet during normal use). For best results you'll be wanting to pop them in an oven pre-heated to 90c, then quickly get them in your shoes and out onto your bike straight away, to ensure they mould properley to your feet.

The soles will fit any shoes and are an affordable way to improve comfort if you are suffering. As someone who has suffered foot pain and cured it through the use non-standard soles (I fit Specialized BG Soles to all my shoes) I'm looking forward to trying the set that have just arrived in the office. I'll let you know how I get on.

More info on the range at www.yoursole.com/uk/footbeds/

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.


notfastenough [3728 posts] 5 years ago

Look forward to hearing more on this, I use Spesh BG +++ (the biggest tilt) footbeds, with 1.5mm varus wedges AND 1mm Speedplay cleat wedges. They make a huge difference.

arrieredupeleton [585 posts] 5 years ago

I agree. A combination of shims under your cleats, in shoe wedges and a decent insole really help with power transfer as well as comfort especially knee pain. I would recommend seeing an expert with a qualification in bio mechanics.

chrisb87 [70 posts] 5 years ago

I used to fit and sell sole insoles in Canada, really good product, especially for the price, they used do a range of thickness/stiffness' as well so they're very versatile!