7 Best Spd Cycling Shoes, 90+ Shoes Tested in 2023

Rhys Smith
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7 Best Spd Cycling Shoes, 90+ Shoes Tested in 2023

There are over 100 SPD cycling shoes that you can get here at RunRepeat. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly SPD cycling shoe, one that can be used for indoor cycling, or others, you are bound to find your match.

However, choosing can be an arduous task with so many models to choose from. So, to help you find an SPD cycling model that will fit your needs, we tested them and picked out the best shoes for each category for you!

How we test cycling shoes

We want what's best for you. That is why we made a list of the best (not the most popular) SPD cycling shoes for different categories.

We gave each a Corescore of 0 to 100 and picked out the highest scorers. We considered the experts' and actual users' reviews and ratings when scoring them.

Aside from listing them below, we included their advantages and disadvantages so that you wouldn't have to do your own research. 

Best spd cycling shoes overall

Shimano RX800
Shimano RX800

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 491 users
87 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Impressive power transfer
  • Walkable for short distances
  • Secure foothold
  • Easily adjustable BOA
  • Tuneable arch support
  • Don’t soak up the sweat
  • Excellent grip on dry surfaces
  • Reasonably-priced

Cons

  • Not the most durable treads
  • Not for hot weather

Verdict

RX800 is Shimano’s first cycling shoe made specifically for gravel racing which really knocks it out of the park. It feels a lot like the brand’s high-end road racing shoes but with the added lugs and ruggedness of an MTB shoe. Unbelievably lightweight and fairly stiff, the RX800 can keep you going on the longest off-road adventures.
Shimano RX800 full review

Best spd mountain cycling shoes

Giro Rincon
Giro Rincon

CoreScore

86
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 526 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfortable on and off the bike
  • Well-ventilated
  • Quick-dry
  • Superb lockdown
  • Easy to adjust
  • Adequate grip
  • Direct pedal connection
  • Accurate power transfer
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Lacks stiffness
  • Lacks arch support

Verdict

The Giro Rincon is a mountain bike shoe specifically designed for gravel cycling's versatile demands. It borrows features from both road bike shoes and MTB shoes to perform on the trails and rock-heavy paths. It is not recommended to bikers who are after uber stiff soles. However, keep in mind that this pair's soles are designed to be quite pliable to provide comfort off-bike.
Giro Rincon full review

Best spd road cycling shoes

Pearl Izumi Tour Road
Pearl Izumi Tour Road

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 99 users
90 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Satisfactory comfort
  • Adorable retro design
  • Budget-friendly
  • Secure fit
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Premium quality

Cons

  • Unreplaceable rubber pads
  • Needs recessed cleat area
  • Uncomfortable during the first few rides

Verdict

The Pearl Izumi Tour Road bike shoes belong to the brand’s affordable road shoe section. This model is revered for its comfort and retro looks. It is also SPD and Look pedal-compatible, making it an all-around choice. Despite some minor complaints, its good attributes outweigh them.
Pearl Izumi Tour Road full review

Best spd winter cycling shoes

Fizik Artica X5
Fizik Artica X5

CoreScore

79
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 658 users
86 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Excellent ventilation
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Sleek styling
  • Lightweight
  • Reflective design
  • Supportive fit

Cons

  • Restrictive high cuff
  • Too stiff

Verdict

The Fizik Artica R5 is a winter bike shoe that presents an impermeable structure for long-lasting comfort through extreme conditions. Folks in the cycling community applauded the shoe for its lightweight nature, waterproof features, supportive fit, and appealing design. However, its high cuff construction and rigidity did not sit well with some bike enthusiasts. Despite the grievances, the many positive qualities the Artica R5 offers outweighed the negatives.
Fizik Artica X5 full review

Best spd indoor cycling shoes

Nike SuperRep Cycle
Nike SuperRep Cycle

CoreScore

84
Good!
4.1 / 5 from 1,928 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Visually appealing
  • No hot spots or blisters
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • High-quality materials
  • Good power transfer
  • SPD and Look Delta compatible
  • Wide toe box

Cons

  • Can feel the cleats

Verdict

The Nike SuperRep Cycle is an indoor bike shoe engineered to deliver comfort and breathability. Its modern style and compatibility with major cleat systems captured enthusiasts' attention. The level of power transfer won't satisfy elite cyclists, but this clientele isn't the target market of the shoe. Despite a few minor misfires, the pair's wide toe box, excellent airflow, comfort, and versatility might be a good addition to your collection.
Nike SuperRep Cycle full review

Best value spd cycling shoes

Adidas The Velosamba Vegan
Adidas The Velosamba Vegan

CoreScore

84
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 1,450 users
N/A

Pros

  • All-time favorite silhouette
  • Practical for city rides
  • Good walkability
  • Can do indoor cycling
  • Water-resistant
  • Sustainable materials
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Not for wide feet
  • Not reflective

Verdict

Fans of the iconic Adidas Samba rejoice that their favorite sneaker silhouette has been adapted to a casual biking shoe. With the Velosamba, you don’t have to worry about transitioning from the bike to a coffee shop as the shoe looks just like the OG, only with an SPD setup underneath.
Adidas The Velosamba Vegan full review
Author
Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.