What To Look For In A Cycling Shoe

  • By Scott Boulbol
  • Published Jun 5, 2013
  • Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 12:05 PM UTC
Photo: Scott Draper

What to Look For

These six characteristics are the key attributes of any cycling shoe—road or tri.

Weight always matters—using ultra-light material in the upper and a carbon outsole can save a half-pound or more.

Stiffness Stiffer outsoles transfer more wattage than softer ones, but too much stiffness can cause foot discomfort.

A snug fit prevents blistering and improves efficiency by locking the rider into connection with the bike.

Venting keeps feet cool during hot rides, but too much venting makes shoes unusable in cold temps.

Velcro straps are often lighter and simpler than ratcheting buckles, but harder to micro-adjust for optimal fit.

A large heel loop makes flying mounts easier—tri shoes have them; road shoes don’t.

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