By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
I love cycling, and if I’m not riding my
So, what you should look for before buying your pair of cycling shoes?
Types of Cycling Shoes
What Do We Look For When Buying Shoes?
It’s very easy to start by looking for the loveliest color and design you like the most, but in my opinion, this is only half the battle. You want to be proud of what you’re wearing, and yes, we want to look good. You can get away with uncomfortable shoes on a night out, but cycling you can’t. We need our shoes to function to stop us from feeling uncomfortable and help us perform to the best of our ability, so what do I look for in a cycling shoe?
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Should I add padding to my shoes to make them more comfortable?
It’s common that your feet can hurt when riding long distances, how do we avoid this? Having extra cushioning in the form of a memory foam pad is often used, but I’d try to avoid this as it can actually make your feet feel worse by pushing them too high into the top of the shoe. The best way to go is to buy some cycling shoe insoles to match your foot shape.
Is a Lightweight Shoe Better for Long Distance?
Normally a lightweight shoe will be less padded. The weight loss will be so small it won’t make much difference to performance. If the shoe is comfortable then go for it. If it isn’t, find something with more support for your foot which might be heavier.
How Much Should I Spend on Cycling Shoes?
It’s personal for everyone as it does come down to budget more than anything. If you can afford it, spending $200 compared to $50 will make a vast difference to the way a shoe feels to use.
Is There a Type of Shoe That
Bike Riders Should Avoid at All Costs?
If it’s very cheap and the plastic doesn’t have much give in it on the top of the shoes then this is a big red flag for me.
Before buying a set of cycling shoes, it’s vital to know what you’re buying. Check your cleats and make sure the shoes are of decent quality because if not, there’s a good chance you will regret it later. If you can try the shoes on in a shop first, do it!