I have a pair of cycling shoes that accept a two-bolt cleat, but require a spacer between cleat and sole to be compatible with Shimano SPD pedals. My pedal and cleat package did not come with spacers.

Does anyone make spacers of varying heights for such a situation?

  • See this question. Recommendations include ask your local bike shop, or make your own out of plastic milk jugs.
    – Kibbee
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 19:40
  • This is not clear "clean and". I suspect you mean cleat and sole.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 20:00
  • You may find spacers mean the cleat is lower than the sole and hits the ground. Its personal preference but I like being able to walk without the cleat hitting the ground and damgeing smooth surfaces (e.g. Concrete, cafe floors etc) .
    – mattnz
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 23:24

2 Answers 2


As Kibbee said, making your own out of a milk jug or soda/beer can is probably the easiest way to go. The spacer doesn't need to have the exact same footprint as the cleat to work, so you don't need to be too concerned with the sizing/shape.


Here are the spacers that you are looking for I.e. 2 bolt SPD spacers.

Shimano PD-M8000 SPD Road Bicycle Cleat Spacer Set - YL8098030

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    Shopping links are usually discouraged because they are eventually obsoleted, but this says "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." already 15 minutes after posting.
    – ojs
    Commented Apr 16, 2022 at 6:42
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    The Answerer has included the part number, which can be bought from any Shimano dealer, so it's still a good answer @ojs
    – Noise
    Commented Apr 16, 2022 at 7:22
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    I was about to write an answer that you can't make such spacers because one side of the spacer needs to be soft plastic, and another side metal having teeth that dig into the sole. Apparently Shimano has managed to make spacers, by making it entirely of metal, and matching the cleat side to the cleat teeth so that the cleat teeth go in nicely to the spacer. This is the answer, +1, you can't make it from milk jugs or beer cans because you really need the hard teeth that dig into the sole material.
    – juhist
    Commented Apr 16, 2022 at 8:30
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    So, is it now "commercial spam is OK if it's for Amazon" or "commercial spam is OK if they're not actually selling the product"?
    – ojs
    Commented Apr 16, 2022 at 11:30

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