While you can technically bike in most shoe styles, there’s no denying that footwear designed specifically for cycling will enhance your performance. Unlike regular sneakers, bike shoes feature stiffer soles to promote more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. A good pair should also be highly breathable and quick-drying to keep you cool throughout your ride. To help you find the perfect bike shoes, we did some research and curated a brief list featuring our favorite options for men. Each of our picks is lightweight, supportive and engineered to take your cycling experience to the next level.
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1. Venzo Bike Shoes
This model features a mesh and synthetic upper that allows the foot to breathe and dries fast.
Pros: A removable textile sockliner offers added comfort. They’re compatible with all SPD, SPD-SL and Look Keo-style pedal systems.
Cons: They may run a tad small.
2. Giro Rumble VR MTB Shoes
These are also made with a supple synthetic fiber and breathable mesh while grippy Vibram outsoles make them comfortable.
Pros: A molded inner shank with an optimized cleat zone helps transfer your power to the pedals. They’re offered in three colors. A die-cut EVA footbed and EVA midsole enhance comfort.
Cons: They may run slightly small.
3. Gavin Velo Road Bike Shoe
The shoe has flexible synthetic leather construction, adjustable velcro straps and a nylon fiberglass sole with air-flow vents.
Pros: These are compatible with Look, SPD, SPD-R & SPD-SL cleats. A molded heel cup encourages heel stability and reflective heel tabs ensure you’re visible at night.
Cons: Some wearers may prefer they were a little more flexible.