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Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:00 pm
by Velofreak
I have a pair of Sidi's in size 46; what size of Specialized BG insoles should I order? I think 45-46 it's ok, as they can be cut down. 44-45 may be two small in the end, right? thanks in advance.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:25 pm
by nathanong87
From my experience specialized insoles are far from special. Then again not too many stock insoles are...

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:17 pm
by sungod
Velofreak wrote:I have a pair of Sidi's in size 46; what size of Specialized BG insoles should I order? I think 45-46 it's ok, as they can be cut down. 44-45 may be two small in the end, right? thanks in advance.


get the 45-46

i'm size 46 in both sidi and specialized shoes, the bg footbeds fit both without cutting, and they're dramatically better than the sidi rubbish footbeds

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:30 pm
by Velofreak
thanks a lot for the help. considering the price of these soles, and the fact that they don't have to be molded or heat molded and that they are "solid", i think they will be a superb upgrade. my feet has been already measured in a bike expo by the guys at specialized.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:10 pm
by terry
I use them in two pair of Sidi's and the fit is fine. Almost anything beats the Sidi insoles.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:46 pm
by KWalker
Don't mess with Speci insoles- they're too soft to provide real correction under compression. Go with e-soles. I've run both in Sidis and they work fine.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:52 pm
by Rick
I have not tried e-soles, but I have tried about every type of non-custom insole.
I think the Specialized are different: the Blues and definitely the Greens have a much higher arch than any others I tried (except the walkfits, which are very heavy). And I do find them plenty rigid enough for support.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:47 pm
by KWalker
Rick wrote:I have not tried e-soles, but I have tried about every type of non-custom insole.
I think the Specialized are different: the Blues and definitely the Greens have a much higher arch than any others I tried (except the walkfits, which are very heavy). And I do find them plenty rigid enough for support.


They don't hold under load. Sure when standing there they feel great, but compress a lot under load and do not support the arch very well.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:04 pm
by Rick
Not trying to be argumentative about it, because I haven't tried e-soles, and maybe they really are a lot better.
But the whole reason I have tried a lot of insoles is because I have a high arch that needs a lot of support, not just for cycling, but also for running, where I think the foot come under a lot more compressive impact stress than in cycling. So I did want something with "a lot of non-compressing support" and the Spec worked just fine, where numerous others were just laughably ineffective.

Maybe the e-soles are better. ;)

I'd actually like to try the e-soles. Where do you recommend getting them ?

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:09 pm
by spud
I've used both e-soles and Specialized. The E soles are nicer, but Specialized are completely fine for me (medium arch, minor pronation), and they are a hell of a lot easier to deal with (take up less room in the shoe), and of course, way cheaper.

Your mileage may vary.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:12 pm
by Rick
Is this what you are referring to: (e-soles)
http://www.walmart.com/ip/13825791?wmls ... la&veh=sem

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:15 pm
by KWalker
Wow, did not know they stocked them- but yes the orange colored sole. Before he went bonkers about magnetic field, Hogg had some great posts about footbeds and selecting arch support and wedging that helped me a lot. I can say that using the highest E-Soles arches on my flat feet with two heel wedges corrected my alignment issues and provide a ton of support. Specialized blues and greens with forefoot wedges did not and were less comfortable as well.

E-Soles are something I will never, ever switch out.

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:51 pm
by Rick
The Walmart ones are green colored. Is the color a fit or support code ?

If I go to the official e-soles sight, it seems like I have to be "scanned" before buying their insoles ?

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:15 pm
by KWalker
I don't think you need to be scanned. The ones I've always seen used for bike fitting are orange or blue: http://www.esoles.com/products/efit.aspx

Re: Specialized BG Footbeds in Sidi shoes?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:12 am
by thebadger
KWalker wrote:Before he went bonkers about magnetic field, Hogg had some great posts about footbeds and selecting arch support and wedging that helped me a lot. I can say that using the highest E-Soles arches on my flat feet with two heel wedges corrected my alignment issues and provide a ton of support. Specialized blues and greens with forefoot wedges did not and were less comfortable as well.


Couldn't agree more with all of this. I use the blue insole in my Ergo 3's, because it's the one the BG fit specified for me. It's not nearly enough arch support, and it's soft, so I stacked cotton wool balls under there for custom fit :)
Cheap, and you can adjust to fit very minutely.