Who remebers Levi's shrink to fit denims? Well the good news is that you won't have to sit in a fast-cooling bath feeling like a fashion victim with your new Shimano thermo formed shoes. Selected dealers (from late March onwards) will be provided with special little ovens and vacuum bags.
The result, in theory, is that you end up with the best fitting pair of shoes you've ever had. To be honest, we were sceptical when Shimano introduced us to the process on our recent trip to their production facilities in China and Malaysia. These £180 carbon soled MTB shoes were a perfectly good fit before we, somewhat reluctantly, gave them up to the oven and vacuum process.
However, the good news is that they now feel like a favourite pair of slippers, whilst retaining all the stiffness, support and positive pedaling feedback that every competitive shoe needs. Superb. It feels like a faff when you're sitting there with a hot shoe on your foot in a bag, but take our word for it, it's well worth it. Watch out for a test on the road shoes soon.