At a wallet-friendly price-point, the road shoes on test today are ideal for those looking for an introduction to clipless pedals, add comfort to their commutes, or even pick up the pace on club runs

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.

Northwave Sonic SRS

Malleable, soft leather and a reasonably wide fit made these shoes very comfortable from the off. The heel cups are…

Score 9

Specialized BG Elite

A well-padded tongue and heel cup lend a real luxury feel to these shoes. The slightly square and narrow toe…

Score 8


Shimano R107

Just like the £50 more expensive R170 that won last year’s big group test, the R107 is a no-nonsense, no-frills…

Score 9

Pearl Izumi Select Road

The Select Road shoes come up quite small — more so in length than in width — so you may…

Score 8

Louis Garneau Revo XR3

Comfortable from the first turn of the pedals, with a secure feel thanks to strong Velcro and a decent ratchet,…

Score 9

DMT Aries

Unashamedly pitched as a shoe for beginners and touring riders, the Aries is more about comfort than it is competition.…

Score 7

Spiuk Brios

For £10 shy of our £100 limit, there’s a lot going on with these Spanish road shoes. Ventilation is generous…

Score 8

Bont Riot cycling shoes

Bont Riot cycling shoes

The Bont Riot is cheapest road shoe from the Australian comoany, yet for under £100 you still get distinctive styling,…

Score 8

Giro Apeckx

Recently marked down £20 to fit into the competitive sub-£100 price bracket and to free up a little space further…

Score 10

Lake CX160

Lake’s entry-level shoes might be the heaviest on test, but then they’re also among the few brands that use real…

Score 7