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 want to learn more about materials, stiffness, carbon soles, or the merits of dials versus laces versus straps.
Note: The shoes on this list are all men’s or unisex options. A women’s road shoe guide is coming soon—but women may find that they prefer unisex shoe fits and styles (this editor certainly does!). BEST OVERALL: Specialized S-Works Ares
The S-Works Ares from Specialized are Bikerumor staffer’s favorite shoes. They’re the top pick for both comfort and efficiency for editors. The wrap-around Dyneema-reinforced tongueless sock that’s built into the top of the shoe is both aerodynamic and comfortable, in addition to setting the shoes apart from a purely aesthetic standpoint.
The oversized wraps that cradle the top of the foot have been designed to avoid hot spots, improve pedal stroke, and transfer power as effectively as possible, all without having to cinch them down super tight. For such a racy shoe, […]