If you spend a lot of hours on your road bike, whether casually exploring your area, logging long training miles, racing crits, or doing triathlons, a good pair of road cycling shoes are going to make you more efficient and more comfortable.
But finding the right road bike shoe can be tricky: There are so many options available in a huge range of price points, and it can be hard to know which features really matter for you. Here, we’re sharing our favorite tried-and-tested favorite road bike shoes. Then scroll down to read our buyer’s guide and frequently asked questions if you want to learn more about materials, stiffness, carbon soles, or the merits of dials versus laces versus straps.
Notes: Updated September 21, 2022. The shoes on this list are all men’s or unisex options. Women may find that they prefer unisex shoe fits and styles, but we have a Women’s Road Bike Shoes guide, too. BEST OVERALL: Lake CX 332
Our overall top pick is the Lake CX 332 . Lake is known for using K-Lite Kangaroo leather in its shoes and says that it is stronger and more durable than other materials. The uppers go through several Duratek and Microblok Antimicrobial surface treatments to make them this strong. The outsole is 100% carbon fiber so they’re super stiff, but does not sacrifice comfort. The insole near the toebox is a little bit flexible to accommodate for natural swelling as one rides and where hot spots may form. […]