4 Most Popular Cycling Shoe Brands

Infrequent cyclists may feel comfortable using their one pair of athletic sneakers for all their sports needs, but anyone who cycles on a regular basis is going to want to purchase cycling shoes. They differ slightly from running shoes or tennis shoes to provide the most support possible for your biking needs. The best brands are stiff and light, to increase pedaling efficiency, with mesh panels to regulate your foot temperature.

Choosing the right cycling shoe is essential. It is uncomfortable and unpleasant to pedal for any length of time in a shoe that is poorly made or doesn’t fit your foot correctly. One way to find a reliable shoe is to look for the most popular brands. Here are a few to consider.

 

1. Shimano

When discussing great athletic shoes, this brand name comes up a lot — and for a good reason. Products like their R320 win out over others because of their impressive lightness and stiffness. Even after several months of use, they keep their shape and substance. With a quality product like this, it’s not surprising that they are more on the expensive side, but you can often offset the cost by seeking out deals for Shimano cycling shoes. It’s well worth it for the comfort and the durability.

 

Shimano Men's SH-TR31 Road Cycling Shoes

Shimano Men’s SH-TR31 Road Cycling Shoes

 

Shimano 2014 Men's Recreational:Mountain Touring Bike Shoe

Shimano 2014 Men’s Recreational:Mountain Touring Bike Shoe

 

Shimano SH-WR41 Women Shoes

Shimano SH-WR41 Women Shoes

 

 

2. Specialized

One of the thing that sets this brand apart from its competitors is their Body Geometry fit option, which allows you to customize your shoe by swapping out the footbed. Most Specialized shoes come with a neutral footbed, but you can upgrade to one that caters to specific needs. Cyclists with joint problems, for example, can get a foot analysis from a Specialized dealer, who can then provide them with a footbed designed to relieve joint pressure. If you have any health issues causing foot or leg pain, this is an excellent option.

 

Specialized Expert Road Bike Shoes 42 Carbon Sole 3 Bolt BOA

Specialized Expert Road Bike Shoes 42 Carbon Sole 3 Bolt BOA

 

Specialized Pro Mountain Bike Shoes 46 Carbon Sole Buckle

Specialized Pro Mountain Bike Shoes 46 Carbon Sole Buckle

 

 

 

 

3. Bont

Bont is another high-end brand name that delivers incredible durability. The shoes are extremely stiff, providing tremendous support and protection for your feet even on long rides. The brand provides a variety of athletic and cycling shoes, but nearly all of them feature a distinctive sole shape. This shape attempts to mimic the actual pattern of your foot, rather than providing a more dramatic arch support. The shoes still provide more than adequate support, though, even with their nontraditional shape.

 

The Bont Vaypor Plus

The Bont Vaypor Plus

 

BONT Vaypor XC Mountain Shoe

BONT Vaypor XC Mountain Shoe

 

 

 

 

4. dhb

If you’re looking for a less expensive option for your feet, check out dhb. They may not offer quite as much durability or comfort as pricier options, but they provide a solid product at a very affordable cost. Compared to the others on this list, they are a little bit heavier and more likely to lock in sweat on a hot day. Aside from that, though, the shoe’s construction and comfort are both good, making this shoe a decent alternative to higher-end brands.

 

dhb M1.0 Mountain Bike Cycling Shoe

dhb M1.0 Mountain Bike Cycling Shoe

 

dhb T1.0 Triathlon Cycling Shoe

dhb T1.0 Triathlon Cycling Shoe

 

 

If you’re still not sure which shoes to buy, visit an athletic store. They can recommend specific brands to you based on how frequently and how intensely you plan to use them.