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    Default Five Ten flats: break in period

    Bit of a strange one; however I was wondering if anyone else has had issues when switching from an old worn in pair of flats to New ones?

    I have only been on flats for 12 months and using Freerider contacts. I changed to impact vxi this week and I'm finding I really have to concentrate on droppung my heels snd weighting the pedals. My freerider contacts were so soft in the end they wrapped around the pedal and i could feel every little bump. So my question is, how long does it normally take to adjust to new shoes and not have to think too much about what you are doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJC View Post
    Bit of a strange one; however I was wondering if anyone else has had issues when switching from an old worn in pair of flats to New ones?

    I have only been on flats for 12 months and using Freerider contacts. I changed to impact vxi this week and I'm finding I really have to concentrate on droppung my heels snd weighting the pedals. My freerider contacts were so soft in the end they wrapped around the pedal and i could feel every little bump. So my question is, how long does it normally take to adjust to new shoes and not have to think too much about what you are doing?

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    Guessing the same sort of time it takes switching into any new shoe. I had to break in my Maltese Falcons a little before they stopped hot spots and cramping in the foot, glove like fit now. But I know what you mean about the Freeriders, super flexy sole that wraps around the pedal, you can even feel the individual pins on the shoe through them. I'm honestly guessing it'll just be that kind of adjustment, you learn the different contact patch, and the pins int he pedal begin to groove their little positions into the sole which makes finding your foot spot easier after a little while; then all will be good.

    Give it a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaf View Post
    Guessing the same sort of time it takes switching into any new shoe. I had to break in my Maltese Falcons a little before they stopped hot spots and cramping in the foot, glove like fit now. But I know what you mean about the Freeriders, super flexy sole that wraps around the pedal, you can even feel the individual pins on the shoe through them. I'm honestly guessing it'll just be that kind of adjustment, you learn the different contact patch, and the pins int he pedal begin to groove their little positions into the sole which makes finding your foot spot easier after a little while; then all will be good.

    Give it a week or so.
    12 months of muscle memory takes time to change. Because the freeriders were so bendy my heels would naturally drop. My muscles are adopting the same position but because the shoe is stiffer my foot is probably sitting flatter.... sounds good in theory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJC View Post
    12 months of muscle memory takes time to change. Because the freeriders were so bendy my heels would naturally drop. My muscles are adopting the same position but because the shoe is stiffer my foot is probably sitting flatter.... sounds good in theory!
    When I hopped onto flats after riding for years in cleats it took a good two weeks before it started to mesh a bit more. I know the change isn't quite as radical as that, but a change in sole stiffness will effect how your foot feels on the contact point and the usual feedback you're used to. Brains are pretty clever though, they'll figure it out.

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    The impact are a much stiffer shoe, so even after a while in them it is likely they will still feel pretty stiff compared to your old shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink poodle View Post
    The impact are a much stiffer shoe, so even after a while in them it is likely they will still feel pretty stiff compared to your old shoes.
    Yes that's one of the reasons for changing. After a few months with the free riders, they had very little support left in them. Plus they were weak as piss... the soles get chewed up pretty quick and the top lace holes tore through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJC View Post
    Yes that's one of the reasons for changing. After a few months with the free riders, they had very little support left in them. Plus they were weak as piss... the soles get chewed up pretty quick and the top lace holes tore through.
    Don't expect quality from 5:10. They are all shit shoes with really sticky soles and a popular brand name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink poodle View Post
    Don't expect quality from 5:10. They are all shit shoes with really sticky soles and a popular brand name.
    they're ok if you get them cheap and have shoe goo or Kwik grip on hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJC View Post
    they're ok if you get them cheap and have shoe goo or Kwik grip on hand
    I split one pair across the sole at the ball of my foot after about 6 months. Both my big toes pushed a noticeable bump outside on their respective soles on a pair rather quickly as well. But when they are cheap...well theyre still expensive but it is damn hard to find other options for riding flats. Sad face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink poodle View Post
    I split one pair across the sole at the ball of my foot after about 6 months. Both my big toes pushed a noticeable bump outside on their respective soles on a pair rather quickly as well. But when they are cheap...well theyre still expensive but it is damn hard to find other options for riding flats. Sad face.
    Maybe we should try Skechers. Have had more than double the life compared to shitty Mizuno and New Balance!

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