Custom Cycling Shoes | Are They Worth It?

Custom Cycling Shoes | Are They Worth It?


New Cycling Tech Test | Custom Cycling Inner Soles

Personalised cycling gear is all the rage at the moment, custom paint jobs on bikes, custom decals on helmets, well what about the soles of your feet?

We visited Nathan White at Cobra 9 earlier this year and started the process of custom inner soles for cycling shoes.

Follow our journey over the following 4 months, with everything from a look inside how they effected my pedalling to a long term review out on the bike

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  1. adam sims on July 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Re: Getting kids off training wheels.. You really have to sell it to them.. "you can go so much faster without them".. And the best technique to only hold them on their back (running along behind). Don’t touch the bars, but pushing when needed…help them getting started or up hills… I think I was ‘push starting’ my boys for the good part of a year

  2. Marc Bryant on July 13, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    thanks for the vid Chris, another excellent discussion topic for us. Pedla guys are brilliant too. In terms of training wheels, like others have said a gentle downslope on grass is key and run behind holding either their shirt or the saddle. A few laps of that and you’ll feel when you can let go and run along with them I"ll never forget teaching my son this way and him yelling "don’t let go and realising I’m actually next to him" 30mins and they’re away.

  3. Arthur J on July 13, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    I am flatfooted, and my 3D printed insoles changed my life. They are expensive, but totally justifiable.

  4. MrBrad123456 on July 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    How much was the cost prior to your rebate?

  5. Josh Harvey on July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Are you planning to do anything to your left leg bias? If so, what is involved (i.e strengthening, physio, stretching, etc.)?

  6. Adam O'Halloran on July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I got my kids off their training wheels by taking the training wheels off and have them cycle down a gentle slope on grass (which helps them be less scared of falling off). I had them do that for a while, then have a go on a path.
    Even with this, they were still wanting their training wheels and after the third or fourth removal, I had them toss their training wheels in the bin (such a waste, but who wants 2nd hand training wheels?).

  7. adam sims on July 14, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I had custom carbon inner shoes for my regular/work shoes follow an ankle break.. They were necessary at the time, but I couldn’t wait to get rid of them, but I think my foot changed as I got stronger and they got uncomfortable (they are very hard). For cycling I use the Specialized ‘Body Geometry footbeds’ with a 1.5mm Varus shim (wedge) on my left foot to stop my foot roll. Inner soles are all the rage in skateboarding these days. They even have ‘pro’ models. I think anything that keeps you straight and in good form/position … especially after hours/years on the bike is a good thing. They take a while to get use too.. but I just trust the process.

  8. Camilo on July 14, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Really interesting video. Did you modify your saddle height when using the inner soles? they look thicker than the regular ones

  9. Harry Tzianskis The God of Speed on July 14, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Hi! when making the mold don’t you think it would be better to make it in the position you are in when sitting on a bike And not sitting in a chair?

  10. David Brand on July 14, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Interesting video. I had a bike fit a little while ago (and also got most of the value out of the consult side of it). I was told I have high arches and some other issues where orthotics or custom insoles could help. This makes me wonder.

  11. Drew Ridikas on July 14, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Never gone custom, but have found inner soles feel / behave differently in different shoes. How’s the sensation in the Sidi v shimano? As for training wheels- my kids benefited from positive peer pressure. They saw their cousin riding without trainers, and within 20minutes they taught themselves.

  12. Richard White on July 14, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I’ve worked multiple ski seasons and as such met some amazing boot fitters. I have a custom fiber glass pair for my ski boots made by one of the best in the biz. Put them in my cycling shoes and the hot foot pressure disappeared almost instantly. Can relate to what Chris is saying about the snug more connected feeling.

  13. TheFactaa on July 14, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I’m horribly flat footed and was experiencing nerve pain in my big toe. Got proper orthodics and a new pair of shoes (slightly bigger and wider fit) and the problem has gone away.

  14. Max Roth on July 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Sole star carbon foot beds are the best hands down

  15. Daniel Pupovac on July 14, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Hey Chris, 
    I suffered a left foot fracture many years ago, so trying to find cycling shoes that were supportive enough to minimise pain and numbness on long rides 80km+ has been very trying and very expensive over the years. Finally after spending $450 on new Sworks shoes hoping the little extra claimed Toe Box area would alleviate the pain, I decided to see Nathan at the Pedlar and get Custom Orthotic made, must say the first couple of rides I wasn’t too impressed, but 5months on what an improvement to my foot problems have they been! Can now ride up to 120km with no numbness at all, very happy with my investment. Hope you see some improvement over time.

  16. Thecase315 on July 14, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I need the expensive bastards in all my shoes, all the time. Otherwise mu achilles lights up and i can’t walk let alone ride my bike.