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    Nov 2005

    Why do cyclists like insoles with minimal padding?

    OK, so I assume the shoes are somehow "low volume".

    But all the cycling specific insoles I have seen have either very little padding, or no padding at all. Why is that? Right under the insole is hard plastic, unlike regular shoes. I tried one of these insoles out at the store and it made my feet hurt because it felt like stepping on a hard, flat surface.

    I don't like the stock insoles in my Shimano shoes because they feel kind of flat, which means that it feels like only a small part of my feet are pressing down on the pedal and my arches aren't supported.

    I have a set of Sole Ed Veistures (sp?) which feel kind of nice and padded, except that they are a bit too thick for these shoes.

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    Feb 2012
    You don't pound your feet when you're pedaling and the firm soles are better for pedaling. It's all about pedaling as opposed to walking or running.

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