With summer finally here, it’s time to ditch the overshoes and, more than likely, those well-worn, nostril-offending bacteria farms that lie beneath.
If you’ve been riding through the winter then now’s the time to celebrate by treating your feet to a spanking new pair of shoes.
Cycling shoes range massively in price from £50 for basic commuting shoes to well in excess of £300 for the lightest, stiffest racing models. For the purposes of this review we’ve chosen the most popular price point, just under the £100 mark.
For this kind of money there are some real bargains to be had with a number of shoes offering fantastic value and taking many of their design cues from shoes further up each brand’s range.
Features among our final 11 include stiff soles for power transfer; ratchet adjusters for a secure fit;
generous venting and in some cases even heat moulding for the perfect fit.
Despite a similarity in price there’s quite a mix in styles and features so hopefully over the next few pages, whether you’re touring or racing, you’ll find the perfect pair for you.
What to look for…
What you get for your £100 varies from brand to brand. While some could be best described as entry-level race shoes, others might prefer to be pitched as mid-range commuting or even sporty touring shoes.
Cleat compatibility is often a bit of a give-away as to the manufacturer’s target market for its shoes. Those with provision to fit both two and three-bolt style cleats tend to be more focused towards touring types, commuters, new riders or perhaps those looking to eventually make the switch from novice-friendly metal SPD-style cleats to plastic three-bolt road cleats.
Sole stiffness is fairly similar between the shoes on test, with most using a nylon and glass-fibre mix while others also include a carbon element to reduce weight and improve stiffness. At this price point, however, the overall weight and comfort make more of a difference.