Shimano IC102 Indoor Cycling Shoes review - great sock-like upper comfort from what is a budget shoe

A good, inexpensive option for indoor training and spin sessions. Not ideal for heavy sprint efforts, though

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

These indoor-specific shoes offer a great budget introduction to cleated cycling shoes, either for spin classes or indoor training sessions on the turbo. The sole is certainly not in the same stiffness league as carbon soled shoes, but works well for everything apart from hard sprints and low cadence efforts. The upper is comfortable and hugs your feet nicely, but can be a bit loose when sprinting. Colour options are limited but the size range is huge, plus the provision for both three and two cleats makes these very accessible to many users.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight - especially for such a budget shoe

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    Comfortable (foot-shape dependant, of course)

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    Excellent value

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    Both three and two-bolt cleat fixings is a nice feature

Reasons to avoid
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    Not great for maximal power transfer

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    Strap can create a pressure point on the side of feet

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    When sprinting your feet can move around inside the shoe

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    No colour options other than black

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Mention Shimano, and the first thought has probably jumped straight to groupsets. It’s a fair association - the Japanese giant is the world’s biggest producer, after all.

But Shimano’s portfolio stretches more widely than that, boasting some of the best cycling shoes in the form of its range-topping S-Phyre road cycling line. The Shimano IC102 Indoor Cycling Shoes we have on test here slot into a quite different segment of the market, the best indoor cycling clothing one - at a much lower price point and specifically for use riding indoors, these are excellent value and comfortable for sweaty sessions too. 

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