Best Road Shoes 2017

Looking for a new pair of road shoes?

Here's what to consider, plus a rundown of our top picks

Whether you're a weekend warrior taking on your first sportive or a seasoned racer looking for the competitive edge, having the right pair of shoes is crucial.

So what makes an entry-level shoe different to a high-end performance model, and what about everything in-between?

Here's a quick look at the small things that make a big difference when it comes to your shoes.

  • Sole: The stiffer the sole, the less it flexes and the more energy efficient your shoes are, transferring the most power from your feet to the pedals. Entry-level shoes tend to have a plastic sole which is fine for occasional use but as you get a few more miles under your belt, you'll feel the benefit of a higher performance carbon composite or fully carbon sole.

  • Closure system: The closure system you get depends mainly on the performance level of the shoe as well as your personal choice. In general the closure choice is Velcro, ratchet, laces or dials. Velcro is used almost exclusively on entry level models, while dials from the likes of Boa appear on high end shoes. Ratchet systems and dials allow you to make minor adjustments to your fit and in the case of the dial you can make on-the-fly adjustments really easily too.

  • Weight: In the spirit of marginal gains, anywhere you can shave some weight will help. As you'd expect, high end shoes are built using the lightest materials possible and will save you the extra weight.

  • Key features to consider:

  • Sole: The stiffer the sole, the less it flexes and the more energy efficient your shoes are, transferring the most power from your feet to the pedals. Entry-level shoes tend to have a plastic sole which is fine for occasional use but as you get a few more miles under your belt, you'll feel the benefit of a higher performance carbon composite or fully carbon sole.

  • Closure system: The closure system you get depends mainly on the performance level of the shoe as well as your personal choice. In general the closure choice is Velcro, ratchet, laces or dials. Velcro is used almost exclusively on entry level models, while dials from the likes of Boa appear on high end shoes. Ratchet systems and dials allow you to make minor adjustments to your fit and in the case of the dial you can make on-the-fly adjustments really easily too.

  • Weight: In the spirit of marginal gains, anywhere you can shave some weight will help. As you'd expect, high end shoes are built using the lightest materials possible and will save you the extra weight.

Which are the best for you?

So now you know what to look for, let's take a look at our top picks!

Fizik R1B

Road Shoes 2017

Ridden at World Tour level by the stars of the pro peloton, the R1B uses a carbon sole for maximum power transfer and zero movement paired with the finest Italian styling.

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Sidi Shot

Carbon Road Shoe 2017

The shoe of choice for three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (need we continue…?), these lightweight shoes pack in a whole load of high performance and style

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Giro Factor

Techlace Shoes 2017

Lightweight and with a stiff sole, these shoes combine a Boa closure and Giro's Techlace system, making them highly adjustable and super comfortable.

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Shimano RC7

SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

Using a carbon composite sole and a highly adjustable Boa closure system, the RC7 shoes are comfortable, light and stiff – a perfect upgrade.

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Fizik R5B

SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

With over 65 hugely popular customer reviews, the R5B benefits from trickle-down technology and blends comfort, lightweight, fit, power transfer and aero efficiency.

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Giro Apeckx II

Road Shoes 2017

Using technology borrowed from Giro's higher-end shoes, if you're looking for performance and quality at an affordable price, the Apeckx II is for you.

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Giro Savix

Road SPD Shoes 2017

A Boa closure system on shoes at this pricepoint is hard to find, so paired with a stiff, responsive outsole and a sleek design, these are a top pick.

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Shimano RP5

SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

A perfect entry-level shoe, the RP5 has been designed with all-day comfort in mind. They’re lightweight, robust and well ventilated.

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Shimano RP3

SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

Durable and reliable, these RP3 shoes are the ideal introduction to 'riding clipless' and great for recreational riding or your first sportive.

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  • Fizik R1B

    Road Shoes 2017

    Ridden at World Tour level by the stars of the pro peloton, the R1B uses a carbon sole for maximum power transfer and zero movement paired with the finest Italian styling.

    More Info ►

    Sidi Shot

    Carbon Road Shoe 2017

    The shoe of choice for three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (need we continue…?), these lightweight shoes pack in a whole load of high performance and style

    More Info ►

    Giro Factor

    Techlace Shoes 2017

    Lightweight and with a stiff sole, these shoes combine a Boa closure and Giro's Techlace system, making them highly adjustable and super comfortable.

    More Info ►
  • Shimano RC7

    SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

    Using a carbon composite sole and a highly adjustable Boa closure system, the RC7 shoes are comfortable, light and stiff – a perfect upgrade.

    More Info ►

    Fizik R5B

    SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

    With over 65 hugely popular customer reviews, the R5B benefits from trickle-down technology and blends comfort, lightweight, fit, power transfer and aero efficiency.

    More Info ►

    Giro Apeckx II

    Road Shoes 2017

    Using technology borrowed from Giro's higher-end shoes, if you're looking for performance and quality at an affordable price, the Apeckx II is for you.

    More Info ►
  • Giro Savix

    Road SPD Shoes 2017

    A Boa closure system on shoes at this pricepoint is hard to find, so paired with a stiff, responsive outsole and a sleek design, these are a top pick.

    More Info ►

    Shimano RP5

    SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

    A perfect entry-level shoe, the RP5 has been designed with all-day comfort in mind. They’re lightweight, robust and well ventilated.

    More Info ►

    Shimano RP3

    SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017

    Durable and reliable, these RP3 shoes are the ideal introduction to 'riding clipless' and great for recreational riding or your first sportive.

    More Info ►