Biking outdoors is a great way to get exercise, but wearing any old pair tennis shoes isn’t ideal for long rides. Road cycling shoes attach to your pedals to keep feet locked in place while you clock in miles. The best kinds should allow your feet to breathe and have soles so stiff that when you press your foot down onto pedal, the shoes don’t bend or flex (this encourages better power transfer). With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best road cycling shoes for women you can buy. Shop them all ahead.
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1. Fizik Tempo Overcurve R5
These shoes feature asymmetrical Overcurve construction, which delivers a staggered collar that wraps around the ankle and contours to the foot’s anatomy. They’re compatible with three-hole road cleats.
Pros: An R5 nylon composite outsole supplies a balance between comfort and pedaling efficiency. A Microtex upper is supple yet strong and durable. A micro-adjustable Boa IP1 dial and a Velcro strap fine-tune the fit of the forefoot area. These shoes come in five colors to choose from.
2. Pearl Izumi All-Road III
The All-Road III has a synthetic leather and nylon-mesh upper that’s durable snd prevents feet from overheating. Their two-hole design is compatible with SPD cleats.
Pros: Three hook-and-loop closure straps are made to ensure an evenly-tensioned fit and eliminate hot spots. Rubber tread delivers excellent traction when off the bike. Removable select insoles provide longitudinal and transverse arch support. A breathable fabric lining enhances comfort while a nylon and composite fiber plate improves durability.
Cons: They run a bit small.
3. Louis Garneau Ruby 2
The Ruby 2 won a Eurobike award thanks to its X-Comfort Zone technology, which uses a ventilated elastomer-spandex insert that allows the shoe to stretch to accommodate a variety of foot width and prevent numbness.
Pros: A seamless PU leather and mesh upper provides breathable comfort. A patented Ergo Air injected nylon and fiberglass outsole offers ventilation and durability. The BOA IP1-S two-way micro-adjustment closure makes getting the perfect fit quick and easy. HRS-90 features a 0.4 mm membrane that keeps your heel in place and helps reduce the loss of power. They come in pink or black. Steel inserts fit all major road and SPD pedals.