How to choose your road cycling shoes?

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You want to buy your first road cycling shoes or renew your current pair? There is no shortage of models! Here is a small guide that will help you to choose between the models.

First of all, there are several types of tightening: 2 Velcro, 3 Velcro or with micrometric strap.

The 2 scratch tightening is for entry-level models (less than 50 dollars). This type of tightening is often recommended for beginners because the foot will be less well maintained in the shoe than with a system with 3 scratches or a micrometric strap.

  • Hiland Road Bike Cycling Shoes Lock Pedal Bike Shoes Cleated Bicycle Ciclismo Shoes Compatible with SPD Cleats
    Compatible with both 3 holes system and 2 holes system,including all major pedal systems(LOOK KEO/DELTA,SHIMANO SPD/SPD-SL). Light shoes,super comfortable,breathable:Ventilated microfiber uppers; Vented sole. Three hook loop velcro straps closure;Reflective heel detail. Stiff nylon sole,durable Toe Box:Front PVC toe cup promotes more protection;Constucted with firm sandwich structure that resists impacts. Weight:About 1.35 LB/Pair (630 g),Color:Black,White.ATTENTION:①This is a widen version shoes,if you have thin feet,recommend taking one size down according to the size chart.②CLEATS NOT INCLUDED
  • Fizik Tempo R5 Powerstrap Cycling Shoe, Black/ - 41, Black/Black
    Powerstrap: foot-wrapping Velcro closure designed for an enveloping fit The instep and the Midfoot are separately adjustable areas that provide a fully customized fit and compression R5 nylon composite outsole: delivers balance between comfort and pedalling efficiency Tempo: versatility road Series designed for the most enjoyable riding experience Road: designed and engineered to perform on paved roads, from the smoothest tarmac to the most demanding pave

The 3 scratch system is a model very sold by the brands. Very well placed in price (it is necessary to spend between 60 and 140 dollars), it offers a good support of the foot as well as a great comfort of use.

Finally there is the system with micrometric strap. This system is often coupled with one or more velcro straps. There are top-of-the-range models with a 100% micrometric tightening. It allows you to adjust your shoe very precisely to your foot but also to tighten it while riding (we often see the pros tighten their shoes before a sprint finish for example) to have a fixed foot and get a maximum performance in the pedal stroke. There are “strap” or “wheel” type tightenings. The system varies depending on the brand and the patents they hold or use. The prices of shoes with micrometric straps vary between 100 and 350 dollars.

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Road Cycling shoes with Composite, fiberglass or carbon sole

Then you have to take into account the composition of the sole: composite, fiberglass or carbon.

More flexible than the fiberglass or carbon sole, the composite sole has the advantage of being very well priced. It can be found on entry-level models at less than 50 dollars, but also on mid-range models (often with 3 velcro straps between 60 and 140 dollars) or on the first models with micrometric strap (between 100 and 160 dollars). This type of sole is recommended for beginners or for cycle touring. It is also used by some cyclosportives.

More rigid than the composite sole, the fiberglass sole is less and less present in stores since the arrival on the market of carbon soles. Nevertheless, we can find composite soles that are reinforced with fiberglass to gain in rigidity.

  • Tiebao Fiberglass-Nylon Road Bicycle Cycling Bike Cycling Sho SPD SL Look Strada Mesh Breathable Ultralight Mens Womens Cycling Shoe Blue
    Model Number: TB36-B1428 Characteristic:Road Cycling Shoes Upper material: Synthetic microfibre leather, breathable mesh Fastener:Buckle Compatibility: SPD/LOOK/SPD-R/SPD-SL
  • Tommaso Pista Women's Road Bike Cycling Spin Shoe Dual Cleat Compatibility - Black/Pink - 40
    FACTORY DIRCET VALUE: By offering our Tommaso products factory direct, we are able to offer a level of quality and value that the competition can’t touch. PLEASE NOTE: these shoes DO NOT include cleats. If you need cleats for indoor cycling class, please select our Pista Indoor Cycling Ready Bundle and select the cleats you need for your indoor cycling class. VERSATILITY & COMPATIBILITY: By blending comfort and performance together, we created an amazingly versatile shoe that is perfect for road riding, commuting, touring, and indoor cycling class use. The cleat area is compatible with 2-bolt & 3-bolt cleat sets (cleats not included), offering the perfect platform no matter what pedals you ride. QUALITY & PRECISION FIT: 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty. Please use Size Chart to ensure correct fit. If unsure of sizing, please check the CM sizing on your current shoes. Low profile hook and lock Velcro straps offer precision ergonomic fit, adding comfort and security to all of your rides. (‘M’ on size chart indicates medium or normal width) INCREASE POWER: Get the most out of every pedals stroke with our fiberglass reinforced sole, which provides optimal stiffness and maximizes power transfer. This breakthrough technology allows users to ride longer and faster using less energy. COMFORTABLE: Durable synthetic leather upper hugs your foot for all day comfort, while ventilated mesh portions help to cool your feet with ease.

As for the carbon sole, rigid and light, the vast majority of high-end shoes are equipped with it. Coupled with a micrometric strap it allows the cyclist to transmit a maximum of energy to the pedal. To combine comfort and optimal performance, the carbon soles are now multi-density (the thickness is not the same throughout the sole) and ventilated (manufacturers manage to make vents in the sole).

Finally, the coating of road bike shoes is now very ventilated. Indeed, brands now use microfiber, mesh and nylon materials on most of their models (from the first price to the high-end model). The difference is in the finish.

  • Sidi Genius 7 Carbon Cycling Shoe Shadow Black Men's (42)
    Millennium 5 Carbon Composite Sole features injected carbon fiber in a matrix of Nylon Features an Adjustable Soft Instep Closure System and padded tongue eliminating pressure points Caliper Buckle two-way ratchet for easy on-bike adjustment with incremental tightening and loosening High Security Velcro won't shift or slip Breathable, supple and durable vented Microfibra Microtech upper with cooling mesh panels
  • Giro Empire SLX Mens Road Cycling Shoe − 45, Carbon Black (2021)
    PRO-LEVEL PERFORMANCE AND STYLE: Performance, comfort and style - proven on the road at the highest levels of the sport COMFORTABLE AND SUPPORTIVE FIT: One-piece Synchwire upper with laced closure for supple-yet-supportive fit and great breathability ULTIMATE FIT ADJUSTMENT: Empire laces offer unrivaled fit adjustment, hold a knot securely and are the lightest closure system available POWERFUL PEDALING: Easton EC90 SLX2 high-modulus carbon outsole for optimal power transfer, with stainless steel hardware and replaceable heel pads for durability CUSTOMIZABLE SUPPORT AND 3-BOLT CLEAT COMPATIBLE: Includes SuperNatural Fit Kit footbed with adjustable arch support to enhance comfort and pedaling performance, plus XT2 fiber top sheet to fight odor. Works with all 3-bolt pedal/cleat systems including Look, Shimano SPD-SL, etc. Other systems may require an adapter

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