Buyers Guide to Cycling Shoes 

Upgrading to cycling shoes is a turning point in every cyclists budding career, the first feeling of clipping in, then realising you can’t clip out whilst falling slowly to the ground. Like everything else in sport, you dust yourself down, pick your ego back up and practice until it’s perfect. Now you might be looking for a new pair of cycling shoes to replace the ones you started with, or you might be an experienced cyclist interested in upgrading the shoes you have, either way you’re in the right place. Take a look below at The Cycletribe Shoe Guide.

You’re feet are the main point of contact between you and your bike, so it’s in your greatest interest to keep it comfortable, your feet will thank you for it! There is a wide variation when it comes to cycling shoes, such as the different types of cycling shoes – MTB, Road and touring shoes. The main difference between MTB shoes and road are the cleats in MTB shoes are SPD, meaning they are a lot easier to clip in and out of on the go. Some road cyclists and commuters like to use these cleats for this reason. Touring shoe can provide added support and comfort for those longer rides where you could be out all day.

Depending on the road cleat, there are various levels of float/play offered depending on the cleat. (How much wiggle room the cleat has whilst in the pedal) For look cleats, they use a colour graded system where black offers 0 degrees of float, grey cleats have 4.5 degrees of float and red have the most at 9 degrees. Most cyclists would prefer 4.5 degrees of float as it is a happy medium.

For many cyclists they face the issue of having a wide foot, but not to worry as most cycling shoe manufacturers these days offer their shoes in a ‘wide fit’ option, the most important thing is that your cycling shoe fits you.

Along with a wide fit option, there are also shoes that come in a ‘narrow fit’. With a lot of Italian shoe manufacturers they offer specific shoes for narrow feet off the shelf which are generally narrower. Most people when it comes to Italian shoes usually will go up one size they normally wear when purchasing Italian shoes. One of the brands we stock is Sidi, one of the main cycling names worldwide, founded in Italy in 1970 they originally made motorcycle shoes. Since then many of the best cyclists within the professional peloton have won wearing Sidi shoes.

Adjustability matters. Cycling shoes have come on leaps and bounds on the technology side of development in recent years, the move away from the traditional Velcro fastening straps to the new BOA dial system is one of the main changes in cycling shoes. BOA dials on cycling shoes mean they can be adjusted by a simple turn to tighten or loosen the shoes, this can be handy whilst on the go if you need to make a quick adjustment. Lace up cycling shoes have also became popular again in recent years, but lack the ease of accessibility whilst on the go.

There also winter specific cycling shoes that we stock from Northwave. Winter cycling shoes have specifically made features that prevent your feet from the cold, with added water and windproof features along with thicker insulation. Many people see these shoes with ventilation on the soles, but due to clever engineering they are designed to regulate your feet temperature without allowing any cold elements into your warm shoes!

When deciding which cycling shoes to purchase there are a lot of factors, the price, weight, sole stiffness, and carbon soles or non-carbon soles. Many carbon fibre soled cycling shoes are lightweight and have increased stiffness for racing but are not always ideal for long days in the saddle, these shoes are a tad bit more expensive off the shelf than other options.

We have a wide range of cycling shoes to suit every cyclists shoe needs over on our website Cycletribe.ie , we hope you gained some new knowledge of cycling shoes from reading this blog!

Until the next time.

Sam Gilmore