Investing in a pair of cycling shoes is an exciting step to take when you want to take your workout to the next level. When it starts to dawn on you that the shoes you’re sporting for your daily sweat sesh are shared with countless others, it’s about time to get your own pair. You have running shoes for running and dress shoes for date night so why not cycling shoes for indoor cycling? The right shoes can make a good class freakin’ great!
Here’s Why You Should Definitely Get A Pair
1. Cycling shoes have stiffer soles
Unlike running shoes, the soles of cycling shoes are stiffer because it transfers power better when you’re pedaling. This essentially means that you lose less power since the shoe flexes around the pedal. More power goes from your leg to the pedal and as a result, you go faster. Stiffer soles also allow you to feel more comfortable and have better balance when you stand out of the saddle.
2. Stay in position
Proper cycling shoes will help your feet stay in position on the pedal. Your foot will not move forward or backward on the pedal, which helps with injury prevention! Plus, you’re able to increase your power on every pedal stroke which will allow you to reap more benefits from class.
3. Ride with maximum comfort
When you wear soft athletic shoes, you can end up with “hot spots”, which are specific areas of the foot that aches after riding for a decent period of time. Stiff soles disperse the pressure of the pedal over a greater surface so you can avoid “hot spots”. Also the mesh fabric of the shoes will help with ventilation.
4. Maximize pedal strokes
When you’re clipped in, you can lift your pedals on the up stroke when pedaling, which smooths out the pedal stroke. It will take some pressure off the quadricep muscles and bring the hamstrings into the workout.
How To Find The One
1. Be sure to check with your indoor cycling studio to see what pedal system is on their bikes.
2. Find a pair that fits best. Cycling shoes should keep the front of the foot stable, without pinching, as you peddle. Heels should fit snugly so it stays in place as you peddle through rotation.
3. Choose the right cleat that will attach to your type of cycling shoe so you can clip into the pedals on your studio’s bikes. Most pedals accommodate either SPD or Look cleats, sold and attached separately.