Shoes are just another part of cycling thats as important as the rest of the kit you wear.  To spend hours in a pair of shoes whilst out on a ride is paramount to enjoying you’re ride, however you must look at the size and try them on to get the true feeling.

There are so many brands out there to choose from it’s easy to find one that suits you’re style of riding.  Not getting the right fitting can result in a number of things but the most common is numb toes.  Have a good look around and try your local bike shop for the best advice.

With the different types of shoes out there you can choose what you want, they all vary in price and style.  One thing I can say though, just because its expensive doesn’t mean its the comfiest.  I ride with the cheapest shoes out there and they are super comfy.  Take your time and don’t be to caught up in the look over the comfort.

The Bont Riot is cheapest road shoe from the Australian comoany, yet for under £100 you still get distinctive styling, heat-mouldable technology, and a carbon sole. The Riot has a microfibre upper, with perforations and mesh inserts for plenty of breathability.

There’s also a clever and elegant retention system, comprising a ratchet-based upper fastener and a single Z-shaped Velcro strap covering the lower part of the foot — thus saving a little bit of weight and effort. They’re pretty light too, for this price point, giving away just 40g to their senior partner the Vaypor.

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Spiuk’s latest Z16RC road shoes offer high-end performance from a stiff carbon fibre sole, with a heat-mouldable upper ensuring a comfortable fit. They come in a choice of colours you’re unlikely to find offered by many other shoe companies, and are only mildly let down by the lack of micro-adjustment from the twin rotary dials.

Giro Empire SLX road shoes

Impressive comfort, low weight and stunning looks — as close to a pair of slippers as you can get in cycling shoes. At just 408g for a size 45 pair, the Giro Empire SLX are among the very lightest shoes available. This low weight is backed up by incredible comfort from the lace-up uppers and a super stiff carbon fibre sole that doesn’t waste any of your power when sprinting for the line.

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The S-Works is not perfect. Some testers suffered heel rub and hot spots until the shoes broke in, which took a half dozen or so rides. Airflow was average: better than the Giro, but not as breezy as the Pearl Izumi or Mavic. And the S-Works is nearly 100 grams heavier per pair than the lightest in our test. But it still earned the most first-place votes, showing that even in a gram-centric test, weight isn’t everything.

No other shoe feels better on a hot day than the airy Mavic Huez, which comes in the company’s trademark yellow hue. Mesh is everywhere, making your feet feel almost as if they’re in sandals, not cycling shoes. That cool breeze comes at a cost, though: All that mesh makes for a flimsy-feeling upper under hard efforts. Clamping down on the Velcro straps to fight this soft feel just introduces hot spots on top of the shoe at the strap’s anchor points and still didn’t deliver the connected feel of the others.

An ultra-plush feel makes Pearl’s lightweight shoe feel like a slipper. Its synthetic leather upper offers a conforming fit, and it has large vents covered in fine mesh to provide generous air flow. Three Velcro straps are each angled to follow the contours of the foot, eliminating material bunching or hot spots. Although simple, this closure system comfortably secures the shoe to the foot. “Three Velcro straps—this just works for me,” says one tester. These shoes were comfortable enough to grab a first-place vote from one test rider who climbed Hawaii’s famed Haleakala volcano in these shoes. “After six hours, my feet were one of the few parts of my body that weren’t cramping or aching,” he said.

It’s rare that a shoe inspires so much confidence upon first glance and touch that you’ll take it out of the box, slip it on, cinch it up, and ride a century in it the next day. The Louis Garneau women’s Carbon LS-100 is that shoe.

“These shoes were so light, stiff, and comfortable right out of the gate, I did a 95 mile fondo on them the second day I had them,” raved one tester. Another did two, back-to-back five- to six-hour days in the shoes after a single ride without a second thought. Both loved the single Boa closure that allows for easy on and off, and on-the-bike adjustment. The supple synthetic leather-like upper hugs the foot snugly, and the slightly rough cat’s-tongue material in the heel cup prevents slippage. Testers also loved the combination of stiffness and comfort—usually a difficult marriage in a high-end, race-oriented shoe.

All of our female testers agreed on one thing about the Fi’zi:k R3B Donna, which is handmade (we like to imagine, by a quaint cobbler in Italy sipping on a doppio between stitches): It is a beautiful shoe. We loved the clean lines and simple design.