Choosing a cycling shoe can be quite daunting as there is so much to choose from. Thankfully there is a couple of tips you can follow to find the right shoe for you. First of all, you need to consider the type of cycling you are doing. Road cycling shoes do not carry the same features as Mountain biking shoes. Secondly, you should take into account the key features of a cycling shoe: the fastening system, the sole, the cleat style and the fit.
Road cycling shoes
A proper cycling shoe is essential to establish a good connection between the rider and the bike. The road shoes transfer all the power from the rider to the pedals while being comfortable to wear. They are usually made of a stiff sole and softer upper.
Designed with a variety of fastening system and stiffness of the sole and upper, you can easily fine tune the road cycling shoes to your needs. Two types of cleat systems are available to you whether you are going purely road riding or sometimes going off trails.
Mountain Biking Shoes
Only developed in the 1990's by Shimano, the mountain bike shoes have now become an essential of any off road cyclists. Designed with a more casual look, the mountain bike shoes are very similar to outdoor walking/running shoes. The main difference being the stiffer sole and the cleat recess to fit clits on while allowing the rider to walk on it when needed.
While cycling shoes are well ventilated, it is important to keep your feet comfortable and safe from the element when the weather is less clement. The overshoes do just that. These waterproof or water-resistant shoe covers made of stretchy fabrics are essential to keep your feet warm and dry on cold, rainy and windy days.
Lastly, you should consider treating your feet to some cycling socks. Designed with a closer fit and breathable fabrics, cycling shoes prevent your shoes from rubbing and keep the moisture away from your skin, leaving your feet feeling dry.