Best Cycling Shoes 2017: a Complete Buyer’s Guide



Check out our pick of the best cycling shoes below, and read on for more details on the merits of the various options.

1) Pearl Izumi Men’s Select RD IV Cycling Shoe | 2) SUNVP Lightweight Cycling Shoes | 3) Shimano SH-TR9 Cycling Shoe | 4) Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Road v5 Cycling | 5) Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe | 6) Five Ten Men’s Impact VXI Bike Shoe | 7) Giro Code VR70 HV Shoes | 8) Smartodoors Cycling Shoes with Carbon Soles | 9) Giro Grynd Bike Shoe | 10) Giro Sante II Bike Shoes Womens | 11) Venzo Road Bike For Shimano SPD SL Look Cycling Pedals | 12) Louis Garneau Women’s Ruby Cycling Shoes | 13) Shimano SH-RP9 Wide Road Shoes | 14) PRO LEADER II | 15) Fizik Men’s R1 Uomo Road Cycling Shoes | 16) Zol Predator MTB Mountain Bike | 17) Sidebike Men’s Road Cycling Shoes | 18) Louis Garneau L.A. 84 Road Shoes | 19) Lake MX 145 Mountain Shoes | 20) Diamondback Men’s Century Clipless Road Cycling Shoe | 21) Tommaso Strada 100 Cycling Spinning Shoe | 22) Louis Garneau Men’s Platinum Cycling Shoes | 23) Pearl Izumi X-Project Pro Cycling-Footwear | 24) Shimano Women’s Sh-cw41 | 25) Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite RD IV Cycling Shoe | 26) Tiebao Road Cycling Shoes Lock pedal Bike Shoes | 27) Shimano Mens All Around Road Sport Cycling Shoe | 28) Shimano SHRP9 Flagship Shoe Men’s Cycling | 29) Sidi Level Road Shoes | 30) Louis Garneau Women’s Tri X-Lite Cycling Shoes | 31) Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe | 32) Shimano Women’s SH-WM64 MTB Shoes | 33) Tommaso Strada 200 Road Touring Cycling Spinning Shoe | 34) Venzo Mountain Bike Shimano SPD Shoes | 35) Shimano Men’s Sh-Mw7 Mountain Bike Shoe | 36) Louis Garneau Bimax Cycling Shoe Covers |

An essential piece of kit, with a huge range of choices, the right cycling shoes will offer you comfort while unlocking your performance potential.

A good pair of cycling shoes is an essential piece of kit for anyone who is serious about their riding – but the ideal shoe for you will vary depending upon the type of cycling that you do.

When it comes to selecting the right pair of cycling shoes, there’s a plethora of options from a huge selection of brands. Choosing the right model at the best price bracket can be tricky. This guide is designed to help you hunt down the perfect pair for you, at the right price point.

The key variables when it comes to cycling shoes are the fastening system, the sole, the cleat style and of course the fit – we’ve gone into detail on each of these after the product picks, but if you’re looking for the skinny:

  • Fastening system: Boa dials offer the most precise fit, and are top of the pricing scale. Ratchets sit in the middle – the closure can be precise, but difficult to loosen on the fly. Velcro is usually the cheapest but also features on light climbing shoes. Laces are aero, and often expensive – but impossible to adjust as you ride.
  • Soles: Carbon soles are light and stiff, making them the more desirable option for most riders, and of course more expensive. Cheaper shoes will have plastic soles, and mid-range options often come with a composite mixture of the two. Super stiff soles don’t suit everyone.
  • Cleat style: Most road cycling shoes are designed to take three-bolt cleats. However, some are compatible with two-bolt cleats only, and some can accommodate both. Two-bolt SPD cleats are popular among commuters and touring cyclists.
  • Fit: Perhaps one of the more difficult elements to get right, riders tend to find shoes from some brands suit their feet better than others. It’s best to try before you buy. As a rule of thumb: Specialized, Fizik and Giro tend to cater for narrower feet whilst Bont and Shimano shoes tend to fit wider feet.

What Conditions will You Be Riding in Most?

If your plan is to spend most of your time racing and doing intervals, then performance cycling shoes are the way to go. These shoes will come with a stiff carbon sole which allows efficient power transfer into the drivetrain.

However, at the other end of the spectrum, if you’re doing a lot of steady rides and commutes in the range, then a pair of waterproof winter cycling shoes might be a better option. These look almost like boots and have a waterproof and insulated construction that means that there is no need to wear overshoes.

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