Shimano IC5 indoor cycling shoes review

Designed specifically for indoor cycling and specifically for women

Shimano IC5 Indoor Shoes
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At first glance the Shimano IC5 indoor shoes seem almost a gimmick, but they quickly demonstrated their abilities in terms of fit, comfort, breathability, and performance. They could be a gamechanger for riders upgrading from trainers. Just a shame they don't make them for men too. 

Reasons to buy
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    Secure fitting

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    No slip sole

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    Micro adjust fit

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    Women specific fit

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    Small sizes

Reasons to avoid
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    Sole flex

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Well this is a first. Other than specific bike brands (aka Liv) and sports bras (and cycling skorts, but I'm not sure anyone makes them at all anymore), it's rare to find a product within cycling that exists to serve the female market first. The Shimano IC5 indoor cycling shoes, with no male equivalent, break the mold.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.