While the shoes of runners, footballers, tennis players and a whole host of other sports get pounded in the mud and dirt, the same can’t really be said of cyclists’ footwear. That’s not to say that cycling shoes aren’t important – as a contact point between rider and bike, they serve a vital function. But there’s a new function that pro cyclists’ shoes have grown to serve in the past few years: self expression.
Most of a pro rider’s kit is strictly dictated by the team, but shoes are one area where it seems pretty much anything goes. Riders can use their shoes to exclaim their nationality, celebrate past success, send a message, be individual or just have a bit of fun.
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Here we’ve collected together some of the wild and wonderful designs worn by riders over the past couple of years.
Photos by Andy Jones and Graham Watson
Laura Trott was sporting these flowery Nalini shoes at the Track World Cup in London
Adam Blythe can usually be relied upon to wear something out of the ordinary
Sir Chris Hoy is not one to show off: he’s went for a subtle personalised look in these Bont shoes for the 2009 Manchester World Cup
Nike sponsored athlete Mark Cavendish also goes for classy black with his trademark signature
Philippe Gilbert‘s rainbow shoes worn during the 2013 Tour de France
David Millar wore a different pair of Fizik shoes for every race he took part in during his last season (2014). The shoes were then auctioned off for charity. These are from Tirreno-Adriatico