Andy has the problem of hot burning feet when he’s riding. We have also had that problem in the past. Therefore we pass on our suggestions on how to alleviate these sensations and make his cycling that bit more comfortable.
Question: Hi Guy’s, I was very interested in your review of the DMT shoes as I have just bought some carbon soled cycling shoes, they are not DMT but they are carbon.
My problem is that when I am on a ride I get a hot burning sensation on the soles of my feet. It doesn’t have to be a warm day for this to happen, it can be any day, on long or short rides, what can I do, any suggestions? Thanks Andy.
This is quite a common problem, and not just with carbon-soled shoes. I used to get this problem with a pair of plastic soled SIDI shoes and also I had with the last pair of carbon-soled shoes. I don’t think it matters which manufacturer you use. It can just happen.
I alleviated the problem with two methods:
- First, if there isn’t already an insole fitted, you should get one. Look for one with air holes to also keep the air circulating and cool. You don’t want an insole with too much padding. This defeats the point of having solid soles. This will soak up all the effort that you are putting into the shoe and then into the pedals and the bike, a slim aerated insole is best.
- The other thing to do, which I found the most helpful, was to get some good socks. The best are ones that are made with CoolMax or Air-E-Ator material. This lets your feet breath, allowing cooling air to pass between your foot and the sole of your shoe.
Of course one of the problems with carbon-soled cycling shoes is that there can’t be too many holes in the sole and in some shoes, there are no holes.
This is because of how they make the carbon for the sole. The weaves has to be done in one mold. So unless they put in a hole at that point of the production, then there probably won’t be one.
The manufacturers think that any holes weaken the sole, so you don’t find many carbons soled cycling shoes with air holes in them. You’ll get more details on getting a new pair of cycling shoes over at this GCN video: