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I bought a pair of Shimano M230L mtn bike shoes a few months ago. I use them for commuting to work. I like them. I bought them because I'm happy with the road version I bought a few years ago -- not because of the custom foot pad.

If you go to a Shimano dealer, they can be customized using some kind of machine that only Shimano authorized dealers have. Has anyone done this? Is the fit that much better? Its pretty good as is. I bought these on-line, so I feel a little weird about walking into a bike shop and asking them to work on my shoes.
 

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I doubt the same thing, as orthotics are just the bottom. I'd imagine with custom fitting, you'd get an extremely comfortable shoe. Would have bought it, but lacked the funds.
 

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My wife bought me a pair for my birthday last year. I'm really happy with them. They were very comfortable from the first day. They corrected problems that I never knew I had - discomfort that I always thought was inevitable (or unrelated to shoes) went away. Compared to the Sidis I have used for years, the Shimanos were much better and I would buy another pair.
 

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My wife bought me a pair for my birthday last year. I'm really happy with them. They were very comfortable from the first day. They corrected problems that I never knew I had - discomfort that I always thought was inevitable (or unrelated to shoes) went away. Compared to the Sidis I have used for years, the Shimanos were much better and I would buy another pair.
Mine fit great too. I'm not a fan of Sidi shoes either. Did you take it to a Shimano dealer and get the inserts molded to fit your feet? I'm just trying to figure out if this really makes a difference or is just a gimmick.
 

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It is not a gimmick but it only makes a difference if you need the reshaping.
I have Lake shoes and they were totally unwarable before reforming so off course it makes a big difference.
Shimano's approach is different and they size the shoe, pre molding, as an ordinary shoe so not everyone 'needs' to change the shape.
 

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I'm going through the same process with a pair of R220's. I made an inquirty to one of the authorized centers. A very frank response.

"Yes we are an accredited Shimano ThermoFit store. Fittings are by appointment with our specialist, and cost $50 for shoes not purchased through us.

I will say though that the thermo fit process doesn't work for everyone. Despite what Shimano would have you believe, it's not really a 'Custom Fit' system. The process will just remove the small areas of void in the shoe, and just allow you to have your shoe looser without it moving around. Some people need this, some do not. I have three pairs of thermofit Shimano shoes, and have only thermofitted one of them. I personally noticed no difference, other people noticed a solid difference.

The thing I would say before you commit to a thermofit, is come by with your shoes and see our specialist and get his opinion as to whether or not you'll benefit from it."

And that's what I intend to do.
 

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boneman said:
I'm going through the same process with a pair of R220's. I made an inquirty to one of the authorized centers. A very frank response.

"Yes we are an accredited Shimano ThermoFit store. Fittings are by appointment with our specialist, and cost $50 for shoes not purchased through us.

I will say though that the thermo fit process doesn't work for everyone. Despite what Shimano would have you believe, it's not really a 'Custom Fit' system. The process will just remove the small areas of void in the shoe, and just allow you to have your shoe looser without it moving around. Some people need this, some do not. I have three pairs of thermofit Shimano shoes, and have only thermofitted one of them. I personally noticed no difference, other people noticed a solid difference.

The thing I would say before you commit to a thermofit, is come by with your shoes and see our specialist and get his opinion as to whether or not you'll benefit from it."

And that's what I intend to do.
My question to you Boneman is, what is the cost for the fitting if the shoes were purchased at your store. Is it included in the cost of the shoe?
 

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As I did not initially purchase them at a store but online, I did not ask when inquiring about the fitting. Oh, that amount is in $ASD.
I see. The reason I am asking is that I got a pair of these shoes and I got mine directly through the Shimano Elite program so they come straight from Shimano and I am going to start checking around to see where I can get this done and how much I can expect to pay.
 

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Check around

I currently live in Singapore but travel quite a bit in Asia and Australia. Next trip is Oz so I only inquired at one location. I have a quick trip to the States in August but so far, no response.


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I see. The reason I am asking is that I got a pair of these shoes and I got mine directly through the Shimano Elite program so they come straight from Shimano and I am going to start checking around to see where I can get this done and how much I can expect to pay.
 

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Mine fit great too. I'm not a fan of Sidi shoes either. Did you take it to a Shimano dealer and get the inserts molded to fit your feet? I'm just trying to figure out if this really makes a difference or is just a gimmick.
I had the fit at the dealer and while the process is a little surreal (hot vacuum baggie on your foot), I can't argue with the final result. I don't know if it's a gimmick or not because I haven't ridden without the fitting.
 

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boneman said:
I'm going through the same process with a pair of R220's. I made an inquirty to one of the authorized centers. A very frank response.

"Yes we are an accredited Shimano ThermoFit store. Fittings are by appointment with our specialist, and cost $50 for shoes not purchased through us.

I will say though that the thermo fit process doesn't work for everyone. Despite what Shimano would have you believe, it's not really a 'Custom Fit' system. The process will just remove the small areas of void in the shoe, and just allow you to have your shoe looser without it moving around. Some people need this, some do not. I have three pairs of thermofit Shimano shoes, and have only thermofitted one of them. I personally noticed no difference, other people noticed a solid difference.

The thing I would say before you commit to a thermofit, is come by with your shoes and see our specialist and get his opinion as to whether or not you'll benefit from it."

And that's what I intend to do.
I'd say with an honest answer like that to your inquiry, these guys sound pretty solid. I'd def swing by and see what they say.
 
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