Pearl Izumi Tour Road review

Pearl Izumi's retro-inspired shoes pack in the performance

Cycling Weekly Verdict

With bags of comfort and enough stiffness to satisfy most riders the Pearl Izumi Tour shoes are a real treat. The classic looks, adjustability and lack of weight afforded by the lace-up style further combine with the very reasonable price to make these one of the best mid-priced shoes on the market to date.

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    Edge of the tongue was uncomfortable for first few rides

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Style, fit and function. The holy trinity of cycling shoes and the Pearl Izumi Tour answers all three and is deserving of a place in Editor’s Choice. Stiff enough to race in but with just the right amount of flex to make them work for long days, it was one of our best shoes tested in 2019.

The resurgence of lace-up cycling shoes doesn't seem to be abating any time soon and most of the mainstream brands have at least one example within their road range. For Pearl Izumi this position is filled by the Tour Road. But whereas many brands limited lace-up models to some of the more exotic and superlight examples, the Tour Road sits firmly in the more affordable section of Pearl Izumi's road range.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.