Road cycling shoes are known for their super stiff soles, designed to improve power transfer for faster rides. Generally, they also use three-hole protruding cleats that connect to clipless pedals. And unlike indoor-centric styles, they often have little tread and flex, so they’re not ideal for walking when you get off your bike. Good ones should be lightweight and feature solid ventilation to prevent your feet from overheating, specially during the warm weather season. To help you find the perfect pair, we did some research and rounded up some of the best road cycling shoes for men on the market. Each has a breathable mesh upper and is compatible with all SPD, SPD SL and Look KEO style pedal systems.
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1. Venzo Road Cycling Shoes
In addition to mesh, these are engineered with a synthetic material that protects feet against hot or wet weather conditions.
Pros: The heel cup minimizes stress on the ankles as you pedal. Three Velcro straps ensure a snug and customizable fit.
Cons: They run a bit large.
2. Gavin Road Bike Shoes
These have a rigid fiberglass-injected nylon sole that transfers power well and vents that allow for ultimate airflow.
Pros: Perforated insoles offer lightweight, quick-drying comfort. Three hook and loop straps and a molded heel cup customize the fit and enhance foot stability. Reinforced stitching increases durability.
3. Tiebao Road Cycling Shoes
These also have a fiberglass-injected nylon sole and 3-strap closure system. Meanwhile perforated insoles that help drain moisture, while an anti-slip lining helps prevent your foot from lifting in the shoe you pedal.
Pros: An integrated toe bumper extends from the outsole helps protect your foot against rock strikes. These are available in four color combinations.
Cons: These also run somewhat small.