How to Choose Shoes Size?

Created by Andry Kristianto Mar 20, 2020 10:49:18 AM Published in Product 696 Views.


You can ride a bike in just about any shoes, but anyone who rides regularly can benefit from shoes designed specifically for bicycling. Compared to typical athletic shoes, bike shoes are designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal.

Road Bike Shoes

Virtually all road bike shoes offer lightweight construction, smooth outsoles, and good ventilation. They are distinguished by their exceptionally stiff soles to facilitate power transfer to your pedals. Road bike shoes are not designed for extended walking due to their lack of traction on the sole and their inability to flex.

Mountain Bike Shoes

These shoes have a fairly stiff sole for efficient pedaling, but have enough flex and a rubber-lug outsole to allow good traction for walking on slick or rugged trails. The cleats on mountain bike shoes are typically recessed into the soles, which makes for easier walking. This makes mountain bike shoes a popular choice for more casual road biking, touring, and indoor cycling classes as well.

City Bike Shoes

City bike shoes are best for urban cycling, recreational cycling and indoor cycling classes. A hybrid between cycling footwear, and casual footwear, city bike shoes offer compatibility with clipless pedal systems, but they have rubber outsoles and recessed cleats to allow easy walking.

Road Bike Shoes Mountain Bike & City Bike Shoes
Shoe outsole Smooth Lugged
Shoe sole Very stiff Stiff
Cleat style Protrudes from sole Recessed into sole
Pedal style Typically 3-hole Typically 2-hole


Choose bike shoes that fit comfortably from the get-go. Due to their stiff soles, shoes that are not comfortable initially have little chance to break in and become so later. All shoes should allow your toes enough room to wiggle slightly. Your arch should be snug and supported and your heel should not slide up and down.

Bike shoes are sold in either U.S. or European sizing depending on the manufacturer.


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