What to look for in (and recommendations for) road shoes?
I’m considering going full
retardroadie and getting a pair of proper shoes, but not sure on what I should be looking for really. I’m looking for something fairly comfy, but doesn’t compromise on out and out performance (I’m no racer, just don’t like compromise). So, what should I be looking for, and what shoes are good? Budget is flexible, I don’t mind paying for stuff as long as it works! Currently using basic xc shoes on SPDs
All help appreciated!Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
I’ve always like shimano. Just pick something that matches your budget. There isn’t much difference in the pedals so I’ve never been tempted to go above 105.
Fit is important as is a stiff sole. Couldn’t get on with fizik shoes despite some amazing offers because of the high arch.Posted 4 years agopaulosoxoSubscriber
I quite like Look Keo pedals, but the cleats are soft as anything, shoe wise, just buy something that feels comfortable. If you spend a bit money, you’ll get ratchets and carbon, instead of Velcro and plastic. Velcro and plastic works just fine.
Lightweight road shoes can be REALLY well ventillated. So bear that on mind for anything other than winter riding.Posted 4 years agorichiethesilverfishMember
The best piece of advice I can give you is choose some that are thermo mouldable.
The difference in comfort is amazing.
I use the entry level £80 Spiuk Brios and it’s been faultless. I had SWorks before that which were equally impressive but twice the price.Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
I use Specialized carbon soled ones with BG foot beds along with exustar (look copies) pedals and they’ve been faultless and very comfortable.
Had the shoes for over 4 years and they’re as good now as when I got them, they’re white too which is a given for road shoes.
Just don’t get bright yellow ones unless you are of course a world champPosted 4 years agobrakesMember
my thoughts:Posted 4 years ago
– stiff sole (usually carbon/ composite).
– ratchet – shoes stretch over time and having just velcro doesn’t cut it in my opinion. I’d like to try the Boa lacing system on my next pair too.
– some of the more expensive shoes are for racing so they’re minimal/ light/ airy – and may not be that durable.
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