Pearl Izumi PRO Leader V4 shoes review

The latest Pearl Izumi PRO Leader V4 shoes are said to offer not only good looks but performance as well, all for well under £300 – but do they live up to that in real life?

Pearl Izumi P.R.O Leader V4 shoes
Electroplating provides a poppy sole
(Image credit: Cycling Studio)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The new Pearl Izumi PRO Leader V4s are decent cycling shoes that'll serve you well. However, they are not the most performance-led shoe and others in the high-end realms will be better in terms of stiffness.

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Pearl Izumi as a brand has been around for many years, over 60 in fact, and claims to be the first to use a Boa dial on a cycling shoe among other things. The latest top-end offering, the Pearl Izumi PRO Leader V4, promises to be lighter, stiffer and more breathable than any previous models.

The first thing to note with the new Pearl Izumi PRO Leader V4 shoes is that the sizing has changed to fall in line with its owner Shimano's sizing. We've found that Shimano's shoe sizing is widely liked so this should help those who didn't like PI's previous method, which forced most of us to size up compared to our usual shoe sizing.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.