There are few things more relaxing than taking a leisurely Sunday cruise on a bicycle, until rigid bike shoes begin putting stress on bunions. In order to alleviate this problem, BikeFit developed its Bunion Shoe Stretcher.
The device is a two-armed cast iron vice tool that allows users to customize their bike shoes according to the size and location of their bunions. Recently, BikeRadar reviewed the product and gave it four out of five stars.
The biking news source reported that the stretcher worked temporarily on most shoes, but gave more permanent results for shoes made with heat-moldable materials. They recommended wetting or heating the area to be stretched with a hair dryer before applying the device.
"No longer did we have to leave certain sections of some shoes a bit loose to prevent irritation. We could happily snug things down as tight as we dared with no long-term discomfort to speak of and certainly no stinging pain," BikeRadar.com reported.
According to sporting equipment retailer REI, stiff soles are a desired feature in biking shoes because they provide a more energy efficient ride.