How to: Heat mold Bont Cycling shoes
Bont Cycling's proprietary resin has been perfected over the last 40 years and is designed to become malleable at relatively low temperatures. The carbon chassis (base) of all Bont Cycling shoes can be heat molded at home without the need for specialist equipment.
Bont Cycling shoes feature a unique bathtub-style construction which allows for small changes to fit and shape, not size. Any 'stiff' area can be adjusted during the heat molding process however, limitations do exist due to the characteristics of carbon fibre. Carbon fibre is not a highly flexible material nor is it designed to stretch when in its finished state and it's only through Bont Cycling's resin mix that allows it to be adjusted during the heat molding process.
Keep in mind any adjustments made to the shoe will have limitations, largely in part due to the anti-stretch upper. It's what makes our shoes so robust!
Heat molding is only designed for very small changes to fit, 1-2mm at most.
To mold your shoes, remove any cleats, cleat mounting screws and innersole before molding. The BOA Fit System (dials and BOA laces) do not need to be removed. Failure to remove the innersole can result in it becoming deformed by the heat. Pre-heat the oven to 70°C/160°F.
NOTE: Use of a microwave oven will damage your shoes and void warranty.
FIRST TIME HEAT MOLDING?: Take additional caution during your first heat molding experience as some oven can run hotter than stated. In addition, ensure your shoes are well away from possible hidden heating elements at the top and bottom of the oven. If in doubt, test the shoe temperature after 5 minutes and then again after 10 minutes. This will reduce the chance of unintended damage cause by overheating.
Place the shoe in the oven for 20 minutes. Higher temperatures will void your warranty and may damage your shoes. Caution: Do not place your feet in the hot shoes or you may burn your feet. Let them cool a little and test the shoe temperature with your hand before placing your feet in the shoes. Install the inner soles and place your feet in the shoes. Tighten the BOA dials and/or Velcro straps gently and allow to cool. If you have any lumps, minor bunions or if there are any areas causing discomfort, while the shoe is hot you can use the round end of a screwdriver to press out any part of the shoe. You can heat mold the shoes as many times as you like.
If for whatever reason your shoes fail to become malleable in your oven at the prescribed temperature (70°C/160°F), the process can be repeated again with the shoes left in the oven for a longer period of time, with periodic checking of the shoes every 10 minutes. There is no limit to the number of times Bont Cycling shoes can be heat molded
Heat molding video: youtube.com/watch?v=cA_sr_HTvvI&t=8s
Note: Bont Cycling shoes are not eligible for return once heat molded.