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Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport.  This activity can be performed barefoot, in sneakers and even in high heel shoes of you were determined enough.  However, if you are a serious cyclist, you may want to learn more about cycling shoes.

womens cycling shoes

Anyone who rides regularly can benefit from shoes designed specifically for bicycling.  Cycling shoes are usually paired with a compatible pedal to hold your feet securely on the bicycle.

Biking shoes are made with specific activities in mind.  Riders will select different shoes for mountain biking verse street racing.  The following are a few categories to consider while doing your research.

Biking shoes have various closures for consideration.

Most bike shoes are designed to work with clipless pedals and feature holes drilled in the soles for attaching cleats. Cleats snap into the pedals to create a secure connection. Be aware that cleats are supplied with pedals, not the shoes, and that your cleats must match the shoes for compatibility. Below are examples of some cleat styles.

Cycling Cleats

Some bike shoes are drilled to accept both 3- and 2-hole cleat designs, but most will accept only one or the other. Shoes made for use with 2-hole systems cannot be modified to use a 3-hole cleat. The 4-hole Speedplay pedal system can be adapted to fit many shoe styles.

Here is an example of a women's road bike shoe that is lightweight with carbon composite soles, 2-way ratcheting buckles.  This shoe is from the Sidi brand.

Women's Cycling Shoe Sidi

Here is what the bottom looks like.

Women's Cycling Shoe Bottom

Here are some of the features of the Sidi Genius 7 Road Bike Shoes as an example of some of the features to be found when searching for road cycling footwear.

More about specific biking activity footwear:

Road Bike Shoes: Virtually all road bike shoes offer lightweight construction, smooth outsoles and good ventilation. They are distinguished by their exceptionally stiff soles to facilitate power transfer to your pedals. Most clipless road bike shoes use either a 3-hole cleat system (Look, Time or SPD-SL styles) or 2-hole cleat system (SPD, crankbrothers or Time styles), and you’ll want to match them up with a compatible pedal. They are not designed for use with non-clipless pedals.

City Bike Shoes: this type of shoe is for the more casual rider.  They are a hybrid between cycling shoes and your every day casual footwear.  city bike shoes offer compatibility with clipless pedal systems, but they have rubber outsoles and recessed cleats to allow easy walking.

Mountain Bike Shoes: Keep in mind when mountain biking, unfortunately you sometimes have to be off the bike for walking it.  Fairly stiff sole for efficient pedaling, but have enough flex and a rubber-lug outsole to allow good traction for walking on slick or rugged trails. The cleats on mountain bike shoes are typically recessed into the soles, which makes for easier walking.  Clipless mountain bike shoes use the 2-hole cleat system (SPD, crankbrothers or Time styles) and you’ll want to match them up with a compatible pedal.  Some mountain bike shoes have flat soles that can't accept cleats. These styles are meant specifically for use with platform pedals (and optional toe clips).

Cycling shoes are shoes purpose-built for cycling. There are a variety of designs depending on the type and intensity of the cycling for which they are intended. Key features include rigidity, for more-efficient transfer of power from the cyclist to the pedals, weight, a method of attaching the shoe firmly to the pedal and adaptability for use on and off the bicycle. Most high-performance cycling shoes can be adjusted while in use, via a quick-adjusting system that has largely replaced laces.

Here are a few examples of cycling shoe covers for when you are riding in the rain.

women's cycling shoe covers

We strongly suggest you consult with your local bike store to discuss proper footwear.

When research cycling shoes, don't forget to also investigate cycling shoe cover options.

If you are going for a bike ride, you may also want to learn about the following categories.

Women's Cycling Clothing

Women's Cycling Shirts

Women's Cycling Shorts

You may also want to learn more about bike shoe covers.  When the weather turns cold or wet, it is beneficial to slip shoe covers over your cycling shoes. They are often made of neoprene or a rubberized laminate to provide insulation and water resistance.  Makes for a more comfortable ride in the rain.

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