How To Choose The Right Cycling Shoes – A Buyer's Guide

How To Choose The Right Cycling Shoes – A Buyer's Guide

Road or MTB shoe? Laces or straps? In this video, Simon talks through some of the main features to consider when buying your next pair of cycling shoes.

Just like most cycling equipment, there’s a ton of choice out there when picking out footwear. Firstly, work out if most of your riding is on the road or off-road. Mountain bike shoes have grippier soles that are more suited to walking around in. Road shoes have a stiff, smooth sole which is better suited to transferring power. The stiffer the sole, the better the power transfer (so the theory goes).

The most expensive shoes on the market will be super-light, often with a full carbon sole, with a natural leather upper – the Fizik shoes we were checking out were kangaroo leather. Of course, the most important thing is how well your shoe fits – comfort comes from a nice, snug fit and a bit of ventilation that doesn’t let too much cold air in.

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  1. Al Truism on June 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Will you do a video on whats better Pros and Cons, buckles, boa, velcro, and now laces? thanks!

  2. Verne Fits on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    i like the white ones

  3. ffairlane57 on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I wear a pair of Serfas road shoes because I have a very wide but short foot. I wear size 41 and they fit perfectly because they run wide. I’m so afraid to spend more money on other brands thinking they are too narrow for my Fred Flintstone feet.

  4. Mola Diver on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    If road shoes with road cleats are so impractical for walking wouldn’t most riders want to get similar sleek looking MTB shoes instead? I’m a beginner road cyclist and I’ve already done some short trips under 50 km. Totally enjoying it but I’m definitely starting to notice that flat pedals and trainers don’t cut it. It’s slippery and unstable, and my feet hurt the next day. But since I do a few stops on the way to refill my bottle (tropical climate so lots of drinking involved), eat a meal and of course answer nature’s calls, there’s some inevitable walking involved. Those are the times I am very happy with my flat trainers and I wouldn’t want to trade that in for clumsy duck walks unless there are some definite benefits of road shoes over MTB shoes. I just don’t see the appeal of road shoes other than when you’re in a race where aerodynamics and weight are of paramount importance. Please enlighten me. 🙂

  5. Faffnr Bludbroder on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Hey man! do you have any tips for a guy like me that got a size of 10 inches around the ball of the feet?

  6. Julius Torre on June 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I will buy a new shoes, because my previous shoes broke when I crash last week. Should I buy a MTB shoes like the previous one or should I upgrade to Road bike Shoes? Now I have MTB clipless pedal on my Schwinn Road Bike.

  7. seamus johnston on June 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Can you comment on the "buying one size up" theory?

  8. Chandan Ramisetti on June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    To a road bike is it possible to use MTB cleats and shoe? If yes or no what are the advantages and science involved in it?

  9. khoa vo on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    White is better

  10. Mark john Alop on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Sir i like your shoes

  11. David Childers on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    On a long road trip, how do you walk around in road shoes? Do you have to travel with a pair of regular shoes if you want to go into a grocery store or a restaurant?

  12. George Altezza on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I just ride with skate shoes!!

  13. GamingGoon on June 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I love my Bont Blitz and only £79.99 of Merlin cycles at the moment. Only 11 grams heavier than the Specialized s works 6 road shoes which are £310. Great bargain also stiff and lightweight.

  14. Deneen Coats on June 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Kangaroo leather? 😢😔

  15. AftershockPS3 on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    My wide short fat feet never fit any cycling shoes on the right on the market

  16. 大地-T on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I wish nike makes cleats for bikes😥

  17. Tormod Emil Lunde on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    How is the sizing of the Fizik R1B Uomo shoes?

  18. Packfan on June 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Sidi Genius shoes are the best period. I have owned three pairs over the last 20 years and all I can say is wow about the shoes. Other brands don’t come close to Sidi quality and fit.

  19. aponcapone on June 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    just got my new Northwave sonic 2 plus. Amazing shoes. after 6 years of riding with 30 euro supermarker shoes..wich are still good btw i finally bought better ones.

  20. GamingGoon on June 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I’m a 12 year old and all I care about a shoe is that it’s got a niceeeeee style and lightweight.

  21. Matthew Park V on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I love my Bont vaypor plus.

  22. Maca on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    In my opinion I look for comfort and durability, as someone with narrow feet I went with Sidi Wires

  23. Maca on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    If you have a narrow foot, you can’t beat Sidi’s. great ventilation, heal retention system, great looking and I’ve had my sidi wires for 2 and a half years and they’re still unbelievably good.

  24. Oleg Petelevitch on June 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm


  25. Jack Cannon on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You blokes are awesome… Any great vid… Thanks!

  26. TreeFrog 29 on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    1:57 si’s way of getting high 😂

  27. Zhayne Batang on June 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    is it hard to walk on road shoes?

  28. Generals. Gaming on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Looks like im the only one who Used a Flat Shoes in a race 😏

  29. Katarzyna Bąbała on June 27, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Will there be a video on how you walk in those shoes? Road or MTB. A have road shoes and i dont’t know how to walk properly and kip my theet 😀

  30. K.mersch on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    If anyone hear wears a running shoe in size us 11 what size in EUR do you normally buy your cycling shoes?

  31. John Porno on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Which color to buy for SPD shoes used mostly on the road and gravel but will definitely make contact with mud?

  32. Reinis Martinsons on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    UHHHHHHHH i have vans

  33. Crowman Caveman on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    What about cycling sandles

  34. arjay2002ph on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    i have the roadbike i want to use the mtb shoes. can i?

  35. Toby Murray on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve been rocking Crank Bros pedals on my road bike for 13,000 miles. Specialized has a couple of road shoe models with the two bolt cleat on them. So calling them "mountain bike shoes" isn’t entirely accurate.

  36. slaggahammar on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Hello I am a beginner at road cycling, if I buy a Shimano SPD pedal does the cleat come with the pedal and then the cleat bolts to the shoes?

  37. Stefan Friedel on June 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Nice tribute to IKEA!

  38. Briggs on June 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Kangaroo leather?! F that!!!!

  39. Dizzy Saivate on June 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    awesome. thanks for your advice 😊🙏💒🚴‍♂️

  40. MGTOW Gamer on June 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    What mountain bike shoes that have no clip/cleats?

  41. Brian Michael on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I do want to try clipless pedals.. I have a hybrid and want a grippy shoe that can be used to walk in like the mountain bike shoes.
    Are there decent ones for $50-80?
    The black and red ones match my bike.

  42. ardvarkkkkk1 on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    My Converse high tops have worked for me since the 60s. No need to change now.

  43. StuntpilootStef on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    There are shoes that can handle both types of cleats. Spiuk Altube R for example.

  44. wauter krikilion on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I got white Shimano shoes and im looking to buy Red Bontragertriple xxx shoes

  45. Graham Austin on June 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I like MTB SPDs for my recreational riding but many MTB shoes are clunky or flexible so I have Shimano RT – Road Touring shoes. Reasonably wide fitting too.

  46. AweSum PowerZ on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    These guys are hilarious!!! Love this channel!!!

  47. Louis Caron on June 27, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Problem with velcro closing is that it attract all the dirt, hair(from my dog!!!!) and other stuff. Very difficult to clean the velcro.

  48. Gary Turbo on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    My personal choice are Zol road shoes, I needed a manufacturer that just makes shoes and gloves and ones that makes road shoes that goes with SPD pedas

  49. Justmyopinionlol on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Whatever this guy recommends is going to cost a fortune….this channel is anti-youth and anti-poor

  50. Sonny Daze on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    danny d xxx?