If you want to ride comfortably and efficiently you need to own a pair of cycling specific shoes, you probably already know this if you have been doing a lot of cycling. The big problem is to work out which cycling shoes are correct for you and the form of cycling that you choose to take part in.
Which Shoes Should I Buy?
The first answer is easy, there are specific biking shoes for each different discipline; from mountain biking to road shoes, track and spinning. There are even shoes that are specificly designed to keep your feet warm in the winter.
A word to women’s cycling shoes
Size and shape are the main problems for women to find the perfect cycling shoe, all the usual manufacturers. Sidi, just like the men’s ones, make some of the nicest and covers all the sizes that the ladies need.
Look out for comfort on the inside of the shoe, any seems or joints will rub your foot and cause problems. The closure systems are the same as the men’s, and will not cause you any problems.
Finding the correct size is the most important thing, and some of the manufacturers don’t make small enough shoes, check this out first on the manufacturer’s web-site then try to find a pair in a bike/sports shop that fits.
What to Look For: Comfort is the most important thing with shoes, they must fit well and the fastening system must hold your feet in the shoe securely and without constricting them and causing any numbness.
The toe area must give you room and around the ankle must be comfortable, check that the heel gives support and holds your heel without movement, if your heel is moving around in the shoe it can cause discomfort and could cause a knee or hip injury.
Get the best you can afford, but make sure that they are comfortable!!
Look at the table below….there are as many different shoes as we can image. BCR hopes that this will help you to make an informed purchase. There are some basic guide lines; price, fit, looks and function:
|Road Bike Shoes||Introduction and basics to road cycling shoes. What you need to know before buying your next ones. The sole, shoe plate, leather, and systems to see which is most comfortable for you|
|Road Shoes Manufacturers Review||Review of the principal road shoes manufacturers. Talks about the Sidi Ergo 2, Shimano, DTM, Lake, Spiuk, Adidas.|
|Mountain Bike Shoes||Reviews of mountain biking shoes. Shimano SPD, clipless pedals, studs for grip in muddy and fittings.|
|Winter Cycling Shoes||Further readings on special cycling shoes for training in winter. Shimano, Sidi, Nalini and North Wave are the few brand names that make these special boots.|
|Triathlon Shoes||Review of the Shimano TR50. Road shoes made for triathlon.Read the differences between road and those triahtlon specific shoes.|
|Indoor/Spinning Shoes||Quick guide on shoes for indoor cycling. Sidi and Shimano are the top manufacturers. These are not cheap, but there are others. Read on.|
|Giro Trans||Prolight aren’t the cheaper shoes in the market. Unfortunately, one may think, quality comes with a price, a saying that most of the time is true.|