59 best road cycling shoes

Based on reviews from 194 experts and 1,167 users. Learn how our rankings work or see our guide to road cycling shoes. Updated May 2020.

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      Shoes designed for long distance rides on the bike therefore little attention went into off-bike use. These shoes usually have a smooth and rigid plastic or carbon sole, devoid of grips or lugs, while the uppers are usually vented for breathability. See road cycling shoes

      Mountain

      These shoes have more aggressive, lugged outsoles to better aid the rider while off the bike. Tends to be crafted from tougher and water resistant materials for rough and muddy trails. This section includes Enduro cycling shoes. See mountain cycling shoes

      Triathlon

      Almost similar to road shoes but are designed to be easily removable, have soft lining for sockless comfort, and good drainage. See Triathlon cycling shoes

      Track

      Also take after road shoes, but tend to be very simple in aesthetic and almost always equipped with traditional lace closures. See track cycling shoes

      Indoor

      Often called spinning shoes and related to fitness, this type is considered to be a fusion of both road and mountain shoes, as it has more rubber than a road shoe for walking around but sleeker than a mountain bike shoe. See indoor cycling shoes

      Cyclocross

      This cycling activity houses various footwear designs. When the course is wet, shoes used resemble mountain bike shoes, but if it is wet, flat pedals and sneakers are usually used. See Cyclocross cycling shoes

      Casual

      These shoes usually display a casually stylish design that includes footwear used for leisurely biking, commuting, and touring. It houses skate-inspired bike sneakers, BMX footwear and bike sandals suitable for the urban jungle to rocky terrains. See casual cycling shoes.

      Winter

      Cycling shoes with insulated and/or waterproof features and usually with over-the-ankle coverage. Engineered to protect from the cold, wind or moisture during chilly seasons. See winter cycling shoes

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    • 2 holes

      The most common type of cleat system as it could be used for all types of cycling. Get shoes with a 2-bolt cleat system

      3 holes

      Most commonly used for road cycling because it provides a stable platform for energy transfer and more secure connection to the bike while cycling. Get shoes with a 3-bolt cleat system

      4 holes

      These shoes are almost exclusively made for riding. It provides more adjustability options in the shoe-pedal connection. Get shoes with a 4-bolt cleat system

      Flat

      Cycling shoes with normal rubber sole designs. Do not feature any bolt system and are often used for casual cycling. Get Flat cycling shoes

      Cleat design
    • Lace

      Cycling footwear that uses shoelaces to secure feet in place. See lace-up cycling shoes

      Velcro Strap

      Also called hook and loop, this closure system fastens via straps. These shoes are relatively easy to put on and off. See Velcro strap cycling shoes

      BOA

      This closure is a patented system that consists of three parts: micro-adjustable dial, ultra durable yet lightweight laces, and low friction lace guides. It is designed to provide optimal fit and precision. See BOA-equipped cycling shoes

      Buckle

      Shoes with a device that secures two loose ends. It is usually made from metal or plastic.

      Rachet

      Shoes that use a micro-adjusting plastic strap, usually located at the top of the shoe. See Ratchet cycling shoes

      Closure
    • Traction Tread

      Shoes with this feature provide excellent grip and are essentially slip-resistant. Check Traction Tread cycling shoes

      Waterproof

      Crafted from waterproof materials, these shoes protect the wearer’s feet from getting wet and may be used in wet conditions. Check waterproof cycling shoes

      Water-resistant

      These shoes' materials are able to hold off the penetration of water to some degree but not fully. See water-resistant cycling shoes

      Reflective

      Shoes with reflective materials aim to enhance visibility in low-light areas for the wearer’s safety. Check reflective cycling shoes

      Breathable

      Cycling shoes that allow air to permeate through the materials. These shoes usually employ perforated textiles or there are ventilation holes throughout. See breathable cycling shoes

      Replaceable Sole

      Most often found on Road Cycling shoes' smooth outsoles. The sole guards provide traction and grip when off the bike. Replaceable ones are deemed to be more practical. See shoes with Replaceable Sole Guards

      Lace Tucks

      Lace closures are the original lockdown system of cycling shoes. However, cyclists fear these laces getting caught in their bikes while riding. This is where Lace Tucks come in handy. Some shoes employ different techniques such as sleeves, pockets, and garter loops to keep laces safe and tucked away. See cycling shoes with Lace Tucks

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    • Leather Upper

      This material is commonly used in leisure-based cycling shoes. Due to its durable and flexible nature, leather works excellently for commuting or hike-a-biking. See leather cycling shoes

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    1. Pearl Izumi Race Road v5 - Red
    2. Bont Riot - White/Black
    3. Fizik R4B - Noir/jaune - Noir/jaune
      $200 $105 Save 48%
    4. Shimano RC901 - Black
      $400 $299 Save 25%
    5. Mavic Cosmic Ultimate SL - Black
    6. Fizik Tempo Overcurve R5 - Black / Pink
    7. Sidi Wire 2 Carbon - Blue / White
      $355 $279 Save 21%
    8. Shimano RP901 - Blue
      $300 $180 Save 40%
    9. Fizik Artica R5 - Black
      $230 $143 Save 38%
    10. Fizik Infinito R1 Knit - Black/Red
    11. Giro Prolight Techlace - Black 19
    12. Northwave Extreme - giallo
      $420 $190 Save 55%
    13. Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 - Black/Lime
    14. Pearl Izumi Select Road v5 - black/black
    15. Scott Road Comp BOA - Black
      $120 $100 Save 17%
    16. Giro Savix - White/Black 20
      $145 $92 Save 37%
    17. Northwave Flash TH - Black
    18. Giro Imperial - Bright Red
    19. Scott Road Comp - noir/rouge
      $120 $100 Save 17%
    20. Bont Vaypor+ - White/Black
      $449 $348 Save 22%
    21. Sidi Shot - White
      $350 $320 Save 9%
    22. Bont Vaypor - bont-vaypor-e215
    23. Mavic Cosmic Pro - Fiery Red/Fiery Red/Black
    24. Shimano RP501 - shimano-rp501-3611
    25. Scott Road RC SL - Jaune
    26. Scott Road RC Ultimate - black
    27. Sidi Alba 2 - Black Flo Yellow
      $215 $163 Save 24%
    28. Sidi Ergo 5 - sidi-ergo-5-cf05
      $400 $215 Save 46%
    29. Mavic Allroad Pro - Black / Magnet
      $275 $188 Save 32%