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Though approaches and solutions vary, forefoot cant in cycling shoes can be key for
proper biomechanics and comfort.
By Mark Deterline
LARR Y ROSA
The customization curve. Our recent ar- ticle on cycling shoes raised the spe- cific issue of forefoot varus—a hot topic
in both shoe design and bike fitting. Forefoot
varus refers to supination of the foot within the
shoe (i.e., the little toe is slightly lower than the
big toe), which can lead to a number of lower
leg issues, especially in the knee and ankle).
As we pointed out, a big advantage for today’s
cycling consumers is that they no longer need
to resign themselves to one of two extremes:
either a flimsy insole footbed without much
support, or an expensive orthotic.
Manufacturers are offering customizable options, including premade footbed choices (
emphasizing varying levels of arch support and,
increasingly, a metatarsal button feature), semi-custom footbeds and heat moldability of the
shoes themselves. In addition, with the growing demand for professional bike fitting, adding
wedges either in the shoe or between the sole
and pedal cleat is increasingly common.
STARTING POINT. The foundation on which
you begin—shoes, bike and components—will
largely determine your options and best cours-
es of action. How tied to a certain product are
you? And will you do it yourself or invest in the
services of a qualified professional?