How did your casual cycling shoes survive last season? Is it time to try some new shoes or upgrade?
Wait, you don’t have cycling shoes?
So you ask, should I get some?
You would choose cycling shoes over sneakers for two reasons: One, to allow cleats and clipless pedals so you are connected to the pedal; and two, with a stiffer sole allows for better energy transfer from you to the pedals to make pedaling more efficient.
So if you like to ride regularly, cycling shoes are worth the investment. But you don’t need the extremely hard sole shoes.
Shoes designed for casual riding usually have a recessed cleat and a softer sole to make walking easier. Shoes designed for road racing are very light and have a carbon or hard plastic sole for maximum stiffness.
Ben’s Cycle shares reviews on some Giro, DZR, Chrome, and Specialized shoes for casual riding
Giro Petra VR Cycling Shoe is Great All-Arounder
Although the Petra is considered a dirt shoe by Giro, road.cc calls it a more all-around do-everything casual shoe. They can be run clipless or with flat pedals.
The Giro Petra VR Shoes are designed for those times when there’s going to be a fair bit of walking as well as riding, and when a more low-key looking shoe may be the thing. But they’re still technical.
Officially in Giro’s ‘dirt’ section of the company’s website, the Petra VR is more a touring or casual shoe in my opinion, rather than a technical mountain bike shoe. They lace up, have a Vibram sole, and feature a removable plate under which lurks SPD attachment points, but they are styled much more casually.
road.cc says the shoes are well-made of solid materials, with good performance and comfort for both walking and riding.
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DZR Midnight, Mechanic, H20 Good Casual Cycling Shoes
DZR makes a great line of casual cycling shoes that can be worn all day, going out at night, or heading out on the trails.
The DZR Midnight is designed to be a casual shoe that is right at home on mountain bike trails.
Midnight review from Activegearreview.com
The shoe is great! It fits true to size and performs even better! Main features on the DZR Midnight Bike Shoes really shine on the trails with the Gum Rubber outsole to keep your feet stuck to the rock you may be hiking, the Variable Flex Shank made from nylon to assist in power transfer when pedaling and a nice flex for walking, and the recessed area where this shank is placed that is designed to help you clip in faster and more efficiently! I love products like this where the designers really think through what a consumer wants and needs.
Chrome Kursk is Stylish Casual Shoe
Here’s a review of the Kursk from Zappos:
This shoe takes a little while to break in but after you do they are pretty comfortable. The rubber toe (top and front) are good for bike clips. The material is pretty durable and has stayed pretty clean. It is not waterproof, but you can bike through a pretty bad downpour and your socks will be dry, although the shoe will be really wet and will need to dry.
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Specialized Cadette, Cadet Casual Cycling Shoes
Specialized updated its men’s and women’s lines of casual shoes with the Cadet (for men) and Cadette (for women).
Both shoes offer a great balance of the pedaling efficiency that comes with a harder sole and off-the-bike stability for walking. Plus all Specialized shoes are ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment.
One reviewer said,
Perfect commuting shoes5 / 517 April 2015
I prefer mtb pedals on my road bike to ride in the lunatic London traffic so I was looking for a new pair of shoes.
After a week of commuting I’m quite happy with those: they are comfy even on my wide feet, reasonable light and they look nice and discrete: no one can spot the difference between the cadet and a pair of trainers.The only cons I can think about is its quite tricky to setup the cleats: other than than is a 5 stars commuting shoes