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Cycle Shoes Buying Guide: Cycling Shoes
Check out our pick of the best cycling shoes below, and read on for more details on the merits of the various options.1) Sidi Drako Carbon SRS Vernice MTB Shoes | 2) Tiebao Men Women Road Cycling Shoes | 3) Smartodoors Cycling Shoes with Carbon Soles | 4) Tommaso Veloce 100 Triathlon Road Cycling Shoe | 5) Giro Empire ACC Shoes | 6) Shimano Men's Commuter Recessed SPD Cycling Shoe | 7) Giro Women's Facet Tri Cycling Shoe | 8) Pearl Izumi Women's Elite RD IV Cycling Shoe | 9) Louis Garneau Men's Platinum Cycling Shoes | 10) Diadora Phantom II Cycling Shoes | 11) Shimano SH-RP2 Cycling Synthetic Leather Shoes | 12) Mavic Aksium Road Cycling Shoe | 13) Giro GF21170 Men's Cylinder Shoe | 14) Lake MXZ 303 Winter Boots | 15) Giro Carbide R Bike Shoes Mens | 16) Smartodoors Men's Mountain Bike Road Cycling Shoes | 17) Tiebao Men Women Road Cycling Shoes | 18) SUNVP Lightweight Cycling Shoes | 19) Sidi Dominator 7 | 20) Gavin VELO Road Bike Cycling Shoe | 21) Northwave Men's Extreme Winter GTX R Winter Cycling Shoe | 22) Pearl Izumi X-Project Pro Cycling-Footwear | 23) Gavin Elite Road Cycling Shoe | 24) Scott Sports 2016 Men's Tri Carbon Triathlon Cycling Shoe | 25) Shimano SHRP9LE (Wide) Flagship Road Performance Shoe | 26) Sidi Shot Carbon Road Shoes | 27) Giro Sante II Bike Shoe | 28) Shimano Men's Mountain/Sport SPD Cycling Shoes | 29) Louis Garneau Men's Carbon LS-100 Cycling Shoes | 30) Pearl Izumi Women's Elite RD IV Cycling Shoe | 31) Shimano SH-XC61 Mountain Cycling Shoes | 32) Zol Biker Indoor Urban Bike Shoes | 33) Vittoria Hora EVO Cycling Shoe | 34) Shimano SHRC7 Road Competition Shoe | 35) Lake MX 145 Mountain Shoes |
What are Cycling Shoes?
Starting with the basics, what are cycling shoes? and how are they different from normal sports shoes? Cycling shoes use "Clip-less" or "Clip-in" technology; with a 'cleat' on the bottom of the shoe you clip into the pedals. This has the advantage that you are able to generate a more fluid effort in the whole of the pedal stroke; pulling up on the pedals as well as pushing down. The result is increased efficiency and ultimately speed!
Clip-in shoes also increase efficiency through their construction compared to normal sports shoes. They tend to have stiffer, thinner soles that flex less as you pedal; translating into better power transfer through the pedals. They also feature buckles, straps and laces that help to strap your feet firmly in position, avoiding uncomfortable slipping and movement that you may encounter in traditional sports shoes.
So, cycle shoes are made specifically to be more efficient and comfortable than normal sports shoes. However, to further add to the advantages of cycle shoes, there are many adaptions to the "Clip-in" shoe. In this guide we consider the different designs, to help you get the most from you cycle shoe purchase.
Road Cycling Shoes
First up, road cycling shoes. Road shoes are easily identified; they normally have a smooth low-profile plastic or carbon sole, without grips or lugs (except maybe one on the heel). They often have vented uppers to allow your feet to remain cool in hot conditions, and they will have a combination of buckles and straps to secure your foot in place.
Triathlon Cycling Shoes
Triathlon cycling shoes are similar to road shoes in some aspects, but fundamentally different in others. The main difference is that triathlon shoes are designed to be easily removable, even whilst riding (to speed up transition). They are also likely to be softer lined, so that you can wear then without socks if you wish.
Mountain Biking Shoes
Mountain bike shoes are significantly different to road and triathlon shoes, both in function and appearance. The first and most obvious difference is that mountain bike shoes have lugs and grips on the sole, which enable you to walk and run when you are forced to dismount to open gates or in muddy conditions.
The second feature is that they have a different cleat system (more on this below). A third difference, is that these shoes tend to be made of tougher, water resistant materials such as synthetic leather, to help keep out the trail muck.
Sizing and Fit
Sizing and fit is often an area where questions arise for cycling shoes: How do sizes compare between brands? What do I do if I have the wrong size?
Wiggle has tried to make this as easy as possible for you, on every page there is a personalised size chart for the brand, such as the one shown below for Sidi shoes. This means that you can compare between brands as to what an EU45 (for example) is in Sidi shoes and dhb shoes.
If however, even after referencing our size charts, you decide the size you've ordered is not the best fit for you, you can return them to Wiggle without any cost (as long as they are unused).
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