When you play cricket, you wear cricket shoes, when you play golf, you wear golf shoes and when you cycle you wear...........tackies?
The human foot is made up of a whole range of intricate little bones, tendons, sinews and muscle. It is that part of your body that makes the contact between you and the hard surface, be it the tar road when you are running, the cricket pitch when you are bowling or the pedal of the bike if you're cycling. So what is your shoe suppose to do? It is suppose to support your whole body weight on a shoe size 6, 7 or what your shoe size is.
Support is the important word here. In cycling your whole body weight is pressing down on the ball of your foot. Ok, paint the picture, here you are-on average 70kg-standing on the bike pedal with no support or not enough support to your foot. What is going to happen is a dead feeling in your toes, numbness, pins and needles, injury.
The cycling shoe is so designed that your foot is suppose to have free movement within the shoe. Add to that, a very hard sole (not inner sole) so that the shoe can support your weight on the pedal. What will happen is a wonderful power output to the pedal, meaning you can actually pedal hard without injuring your foot. You will have the support you needed.
Money! I hear you groan. A good pair of cycling shoes cost in the region of R400. Of course if you want to splash out, go for it! The best pair of cycling shoes I ever had, and I had many, is the SIDI mountain bike shoes. Fits like a glove, (or is it shoe), with leather uppers, it is soft but with a stiff sole and it gives me real support for an excessive power pedal stroke. Go to the various cycling shops and try them on, don't just buy. When your feet are happy, then you buy. By the way, who of you saw the SIDI stand at the Argus Expo? The shoes there displayed were fantastic and so were the prices, but on the other hand, how many pairs of feet do you have?