Your shoes are one – OK, two – of the most crucial pieces of bike kit you can buy. As the interface between your feet and the pedals they need to be able to transfer your power through the drivetrain efficiently but in comfort.
The top racing shoes use very stiff, light carbon-fibre soles which provide a rigid, pressure-point-free platform over the pedal. They can also be very expensive. A rung down, nylon soles are reinforced with carbon-fibre or sometimes simple nylon composite soles will meet both budget and comfort requirements.
Uppers are usually made from a synthetic perforated microfibre for low weight, breathability and durability. Each brand has its own combination of fabrics and technologies to accomplish this. Different brands will also use different combinations of dials, Velcro straps and laces to secure the foot in the most comfortable but powerful way.
The Cycling Weekly tech team have years of experience between them. The shoes featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and we’re sure the deal at the time of writing is a good one. We wouldn’t include anything here that we wouldn’t ride ourselves.
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Shimano SH-RC9 S-Phyre shoes at Competitive Cyclist
The dream shoe for many riders, with a last that seems to fit more foot shapes than most, the S-Phyre RC9s are all about producing maximum power in maximum comfort. At this price they will cause your bank balance less discomfort too. Read our review here.
Giro Raes Techlace women’s road shoes at Wiggle $250 $110.74
Giro’s Techlace system combines a Boa L6 dial with laces for the ultimate in comfort and adjustability. The sole is made from Easton EA70 carbon-fibre and they feature replaceable walking pads. Better than half price!
Giro Savix women’s cycling shoes at Competitive Cyclist
The Giro Savix shoes feature a women’s specific fit, with extra comfort supplied by the single Boa L6 dial paired with a Velcro strap for the best of both worlds. The nylon outsole is compatible with road and mtb cleats.
Bont Helix shoes at ProBikeKit $460.99 $240.49
The only shoes we’ve ever seen with internal cable routing, the Bont Helix’s wires wrap around and under the carbon chassis for a pressure-free but super secure fit. The sole is made from Toray UD carbon-fibre. An awesome shoe now at an awesome price.