New Heel Wedges–Better Material, Better Fit.

Finally!  We heard your concerns about our In-The-Shoe(ITS) Heel Wedges slipping and received the pictures of them electrical taped or duct-taped to the insoles of cycling shoes.  Consequently, we’ve changed the formula to improve grip between the Heel Wedge pieces.  Easier to install and remove, and they remain in place in the shoe.

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Our new ITS Heel Wedges have all the benefits of the old ones:

  • Stackable in 2, 3 or 4-degree increments.
  • They do not raise the heel out of the shoe.
  • Great for that “in-between” foot tilt solution (when you are not sure if you need 2 or 3 wedges).
  • Work perfectly in conjunction with ITS-F Wedges and Cleat Wedges.
  • Allows foot to remain in its natural position in the shoe.
  • Now with grippier material.

Shoe Fit Remains the Same:

Other heel wedges create volume in the shoe, which in turn, affects your fit.  The last thing you want is to attempt to correct for a problem and create another one.  Our heel wedges naturally offset the heel tilt and allow you to stack the wedges in order to find the perfect fit.

 

When you need Heel Wedges:

  • Your heel or calcaneus is curved.
  • You may need a second ITS-F Wedge but it could increase shoe volume.
  • You feel pressure under your 1st metatarsal or bone behind the big toe.

In The Shoe Wedges or Cleat Wedges?

In The Shoe Wedges

As long as you are talking about BikeFit branded wedges, this is not one wedge against another. Both of the wedge styles offered from BikeFit work extremely well. Each wedge, however, has its place.  In most cases, it’s preferential to use the Cleat Wedge.

When to Use In-the-Shoe Wedges

1.) Cleats not compatible with Cleat Wedges

In the Shoe

 

The In The Shoe (ITS) Wedge often is a “fill in” product for types of cleats that are not compatible with Cleat Wedges like Crank Brothers. However,  Crank Brothers provide a shoe shield (seen on the left) where you can use Cleat Wedges with their cleats.

 

 2.) Hyper-Mobile Feet

A hypermobile foot would be a good place to use an ITS in combination with a Cleat Wedge. This type of foot needs more support. A more rigid foot tends to be more responsive with less wedging and the Cleat Wedge is a better solution for most rigid feet.  This also may be a great option for those who have room in their shoe and would not be affected by the change in volume inherent with the addition of In The Shoe Wedges.

3.) Diagnostics

In-The-Shoe Wedges are also great for diagnostics. If you are looking to determine the effects of wedging on cycling mechanics, ITS Wedges provide the ability to make quick changes.  This also holds true if you are testing out comfort but do not want to take the time to remove your cleats, add cleat wedges, and realign (time saver).  We should mention that this is usually a temporary change.  Once the comfort or mechanics are confirmed, the first choice to correct your foot’s natural angle/tilt is almost always cleat wedges.

In The Shoe Wedges

4.) Fine Tuning

In-The-Shoe Wedges also offer a fine-tuning option for cyclists “in-between” wedge levels or it is tough to tell if 2 cleat wedges or 3 cleat wedges is the better solution. In other words, if 2 or 3 cleat wedges help correct your mechanics and reduce foot pain, try using 2 cleat wedges and add an ITS as the 3rd wedge. Go out on a ride and spend some with the ITS in the shoe and some time with it in your back pocket. Over a period of time, you will usually discover the preferred amount of cleat wedging.  For many cyclists, you may require more than 3 Cleat Wedges.  Since we do not recommend using more than 3, the ITS wedge provides the extra bit of tilt needed!

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