If you’re planning on getting on your bicycle more then the best thing you can do for your body is to make sure you have a decent pair of cycling shoes. Not only should they fit your feet but they must be firm enough to allow you to transfer the power from your legs to the pedals.
Whether you’re a beginner or a triathlon fan chasing that elusive PB, a lot of force goes through the feet into the bike.
From thermo-moldable soles to cycle shoes made with carbon, here are eight feet-pleasing options.
The Sundried cycle shoes have all the advanced technology you need to increase your power efficiency and improve your ride, and yet remain super comfortable to wear.
Two-way edging to the back prevents your heel slipping out and gives a locked-in feel while pedalling. The shoes fasten with side dials that can be adjusted at any time, even mid-ride, for the ultimate fit.
Laser cut detailing to the top of the cycle shoe provides ventilation while the breathable soft inner liner wicks moisture and keeps feet dry. All for under £100.
An excellent option for an entry level cycling shoe. The Shimano RP1 features two tongue-in-loop velcro straps that can be tightened to the right comfort level in a second.
Shimano shoes are renowned for using Shimano Dynalast technology to ensure the toe-spring section provides optimal support for a smoother, more efficient pedal stroke so you waste less energy. A reflective heel cup print keeps you visible if you’re on the road after dark.
Plus, these shoes are compatible with two-bolt and three-bolt SPD cleats, allowing you to use them on your bike and at your gym’s spin class.
If you enjoy mountain biking just as much as you like road cycling then the Giro Savix are the answer as the universal outsole allows you to mount either mountain bike or road cleats depending on your vehicle of choice.
With a Boa dial instead of Velcro straps, they offer a better fit than cheaper entry level shoes. You can make tiny 1mm adjustment increments when tightening to get the perfect fit for your foot. Then you’ll feel better connected to your gear and more powerful as you push through the pedals.
The Specialized S-Works 7 Road Cycling Shoes are not cheap but are a lightweight, comfortable and performance-focused offering, which you’ll appreciate if you’re trying to improve your ride times.
Thanks to the Boa dials you can achieve a precise fit and the material in the rest of the shoe is designed for speed. With a reinforced FACT Powerline carbon sole, the shoes are incredibly stiff meaning all your power is transferred through to the pedals.
You’ll feel comfortable on longer rides thanks to the breathable mesh fabric, Body Geometry sole and footbeds, and roomy toe box.
Offering excellent value for money, ZOL Stage cycling shoes are designed to keep you comfortable both on longer rides and on rainy or humid days commuting into the city.
With a synthetic leather and mesh upper, these shoes wick away perspiration in hot and wet conditions. A perforated insole helps drain sweat and water when you’re riding so your feet stay fresh and dry.
They may not be as rigid as a shoe with a carbon sole, but their Fiberglass-injected nylon is stiff enough for beginners.
The Giant Surge Pro Road Shoes are a sizeable investment but they’re the only shoes with an ‘ExoBeam’ system, which is a beam of carbon connecting the toes to the heel. This is designed to allow a small amount of movement for the lower leg and heel, which reduces strain on the knee and ankle joints.
The comfort factor is further increased by the shoe’s perforations for venting and it’s soft, padded tongue. They’re not as rigid as a completely carbon sole, but you can still push extremely hard through the pedals.
If you’re determined to hammer home a personal best this year, you’ll benefit from the full-carbon sole of the Pearson x Lake Hammertime cycle shoes. It provides unrivalled stiffness and a firm pedalling platform for exceptional power transfer.
Your feet will appreciate that the rigidity of the sole is balanced out by the exceptionally lightweight kangaroo-leather upper, which is extremely soft. There are perforations throughout the main body of the shoe for air flow, while a mesh section in the sole’s forefoot improves breathability further.
A durable, Boa-dial lacing system helps you achieve a snug fit and conserve more power.
Not only are the Bont Helix road shoes available in an aesthetically pleasing shade of black and gold but they’re engineered for comfort as well as speed. Memory foam and a Boa dual dial wiring system ensure they fit your feet perfectly leaving you no excess wiggle room as you pedal.
However, the most unique feature of these shoes is that you can put them in the oven at 70 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, wait for them to cool down and then place your feet to mold the shape exactly how you want it.
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