Six of the best new cycling shoes for 2018

Here’s our round-up of six of our favourite new shoes to hit the market in 2018
Playlist 20 Videos Six of the best new cycling shoes for 2018 03:05 July's tech of the month: new products from Garmin, 100%, Prime and Cannondale 19:54 Pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma F12 04:35 June’s tech of the month: New Brompton X, Cannondale SystemSix and Maxxis tyres 20:54 April's Tech of the Month: Canyon Aeroad with SRAM AXS, new Vittoria tyres and Fulcrum wheels 26:29 March's Tech of the Month: Pinarello, new Specialized shoes, DT Swiss wheels and Evoc's bike bag 27:06 February's Tech of the Month: new kit from Castelli, Le Col, Smith and Triban 24:22 Greg Van Avermaet to ride a gold Giant TCR in 2019 (video) 01:00 Watch: Top five Strava cheats (video) 04:41 January's Tech of the Month: Colnago C64, Assos Equipe RS S9, Santini Vega and Specialized S-Works Recon 18:29 December's Tech of the Month: New Shimano 105, Canyon's best bike and new helmet tech from Specialized and Met 22:31 The best new e-bikes of 2019 05:01 November's Tech of the Month: New S-Phyre shoes, a CatEye lightshow, Fulcrum carbon wheels and a big bike bag 24:26 October's Tech of the Month: New Giro helmet, rain protection from Castelli and Specialized's tubeless tyres 19:24 Watch: Seven of the hottest aero bikes for 2019 06:15 The six most exciting cycling computer releases of 2018 03:09 September's Tech of the Month: Fighter jet cycling glasses, Wahoo's indoor training system and a pair of very sensible lights 17:37 Watch: Seven stunning shoes coming in 2019 04:53 August Tech of the Month: Enve wheels, Oakley sunglasses and something very special from CeramicSpeed (video) 18:14 Watch: What are the key features to look for when buying your next bike? 09:16

Although we’ve called them the hottest new shoes for 2018, most of the shoes here are designed to be well ventilated for cooler feet during your rides next summer.

Giro E70 Knit

Knitted uppers have become popular options for athletics shoes over the last few years, and the Giro E70 Knit is one of the first cycling shoes to use the technology. Giro says it makes for a subtle, comfortable and breathable fit. It’s DWR treated too to shed the wet if the rain starts during your ride.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader V4

Pearl Izumi’s sole is a thing of beauty, with its translucent finish a refreshing change from the usual carbon black. It’s not neglected the uppers either, with an asymmetric closure designed to help relieve pressure points.

Vittoria Velar

The new Vittoria Velar shoe comes in a range of eye-catching metallic finishing colours, closed with two Boa dials. Vittoria has also designed a forged carbon sole which it says reduces weight by 28% over a standard carbon unit.

Fizik Infinito R1

The newest iteration of the R1B, the shoe worn by Philippe Gilbert and Geraint Thomas, the Infinito R1 has a new closure system, with realigned wires, which Fizik says gives improved volume control.

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There’s also a new mesh insole for added under-foot air circulation. It’s joined by a new R1 Knit shoe with a knitted upper similar to the Giro E70 Knit.

Scott Road RC SL

Scott’s latest top-end road shoe comes with carbon fibre uppers, for decreased weight and better foot support, leading to improved power delivery. All the tech in the new shoe doesn’t come cheap though, with Scott pricing the RC SL at almost £400.

Northwave Flash TH

The new Flash TH earns its “hottest” billing, as it’s designed for winter riding.

The upper is fully enclosed and features Northwave’s Biomap Aero Overlap design, for slicker windcheating. There’s also a layer of 3M Thinsulate insulation built in, to keep your feet warmer.

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