I used the S-Works 6 XC for training all winter and they are far and away the most comfortable shoes I've ever used. So naturally when it came to road racing season I got a pair of the s-works 6 road shoes.
However, an hour into the first ride I started feeling pain on the right side of my right foot, and after the ride I felt a nerve there which I've never noticed before, which was being pinched by the shoe.
This only happens on the right side, and it's because the heel cup of the road shoe has a more pronounced 'bump' then on the XC shoe.
Has anyone experienced the same/a similar problem?
Should I try and 'massage' the heel cup with warm water and play through the pain while it adjusts to my heel, or should I just stop trying and get a different pair of shoes?
You frequently see those shoes as being referred to as having an "agressive" fit, and even the favorable reviews often mention that they may not be suited to long distance rides, which suggests to me that even if they are a good match for your feet there is the potential for irritation, and if they are a bad match then it could be much worse.
I haven't tried them because I have had achilles tendon problems from (non cycling) shoes that have an overly aggressive heel cup that curves forward and rubs on the achilles, and I've also had nerve irritation from shoes that press on an old sprain injury on the front of the foot. I don't have any feedback for you on how much you can expect your shoes to break in, but I would caution you about trying to push through the discomfort, as my experience is that the irritation can last for some time even after you have ceased using the offending shoes, which is a real bummer as it can make even formerly comfortable shoes intolerable.