Finding The Right Cycling Shoe for You

A 2016 guide to buying one of the most essential pieces of your cycling kit

Introduction to Cycling Shoes

If you’re at all serious about your cycling, you’re going to need a good pair of cycling shoes. An absolutely crucial piece of any cyclist’s wardrobe, good cycling shoes are designed to be rigid to allow for maximum power transfer, breatheable and comfortable for long days in the saddle, as well as lightweight.

Modern cycling shoes are designed to work with clipless pedals. Although pedal styles differ between cycling disciplines, cycling shoes are generally equipped with a cleat, bolted into the shoe, that clips into the pedal when force is applied. Disengaging the clip is achieved by twisting the shoe, and as such you won’t find yourself accidentally unclipping when you put down the power!

“You either love spinning the pedals and watching scenery whiz by, or you don’t. And if you love it, not much can sour you on the idea of riding your bike.” — Keith Mills
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What kind of shoe do you need?

Modern cycling shoes are designed to work with clipless pedals. Although pedal styles differ between cycling disciplines, cycling shoes are generally equipped with a cleat, bolted into the shoe

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” — Greg LeMond
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