Sidi Alba Carbon Cycling Shoe - Women's
We're pretty excited about the Women's Alba Carbon Cycling Shoe from Sidi. Sidi is well known to the serious cyclist and if you're looking to step up your road cycling shoe game or maybe investing in your first pair of cycling shoes, the Alba's provide quality, fit, and comfort that we've come to expect from Sidi. Typically, Sidi shoes are priced out of the range of many riders, especially those new to the sport. What has us thrilled about these shoes are that Sidi packs many of the features we find on their higher-tier shoes offering its renowned fit and performance, at a price that’s attainable to help more riders reach their cycling goals.
For the upper, Sidi uses a material known as Politex. It's a strong and durable material that allows excellent breathing and fit qualities. Sidi bonds different technical fabrics together, all having unique properties, to provide this non-stretching, long-lasting upper. The face fabric layer provides protection from the elements and makes this shoe as easy to clean as it is racking up the training miles. A reinforced heel anchors the foot in the optimal position and keeps the shape of the heel intact over the life of the shoe.
On the bottom of the shoe, Sidi uses a Millenium 4 carbon composite sole, which is a blend of carbon reinforced nylon providing near-competition level stiffness. Typically shoes at this price point, especially from Sidi, feature an all nylon sole which is heavier and not as stiff. The sole is drilled for 3-hole road cleats and has a replaceable heel tab that aids in walking while off the bike and protects the sole.
Cinching up the shoes is a breeze with the Techno Push 3 system. It also allows you to adjust the fit on the fly according to the weather conditions and your efforts. Across the top of your foot, the Soft Instep 3 strap distributes pressure evenly so you can concentrate on the scenery and not aching feet. Sidi uses two hook-and-loop straps over the lower foot for lightweight and a customized fit. This shoe oozes Sidi style and quality at a price that makes us all rejoice.
Pearl Izumi SELECT Road V5 Cycling Shoe - Women's
Minimalist, but not lacking, the Pearl Izumi Women's Road V5 Cycling Shoes make for the perfect partner on all-day weekend cruises, and after work group rides alike. That's because they pack a good punch in their simple profile, with three hook-and-loop straps to enclose your foot with a customized fit, and synthetic uppers that support you through the longest miles. The sole might flex a touch more than the Road Race model, but they still push forward with a good degree of stiffness thanks to a composite matrix reinforced with nylon, landing it right in the middle of Pearl's stiffness scale, so you have a little forgiveness when you head for your first century, when comfort is a bit more important than pedaling efficiency. The sole is finished with traction at the heel and toe to help you keep upright when those long days in the saddle are punctuated by refueling stops at convenience stores with slippery linoleum floors.
Shimano SH-GR7W Cycling Shoe - Women's
Is riding with platform pedals is where you find your heart is content? Do you want a ladies specific shoe that can dominate every part of the mountain? Are you tired of the world of Shrink-it-and-Pink-it? If you said yes to any of those questions, take a gander at Shimano’s SH-GR7W women’s specific flat pedal kicks. From the reinforced sidewalls and EVA midsole, to perforated synthetic leather uppers and stretch mesh ankle collar, there’s an acute attention to detail and precision that we’ve learned comes along with the Shimano name. Finally you’ve found a pair of shoes that can give you the power and support you need, with the fit you’ve been looking for.
Built on a narrower last than their men’s shoes, Shimano aims to hook us up with the perfect fit for narrower ankles and the more slender forefoot we ladies often possess. Despite the difference in profile, burly materials are thrown into the shoe, making sure that you have a tough shoe that has no problem keeping up with you as you barrel past the guys on the downhill.
Downhill and Enduro riding often kick up excesses of rocks and debris, so you’ve got a stretch mesh ankle collar holding tight against your sock, reducing the need to stop to get that rock out from under your foot. Durable perforated synthetic leather uppers repel water and help to aid in heat dissipation, reducing the dreaded hot-foot that many other burly shoes bestow upon us. A heavy duty molded toe cap protects your little piggies even the gnarliest downhill trails. Speaking of downhill, Shimano uses their AM footwear technology, originally designed for Downhill and Gravity riders, to ensure that you’ve got the technology needed for a solid sole. A pro rider-calibrated shank plate delivers rigidity, EVA midsole reduces weight and increases comfort, reinforced sidewalls provide your feet with the armor they need, and the cherry on top (or in this case, bottom) is the rubber outsole. Michelin proudly makes some of the tackier rubber we can get our hands on, and Shimano throws their own tread patterns on it before planting it on the outsole of the shoe. Aggressive lugs cover the toe and heel for when hiking a bike is necessary, and a lower profile tread lands itself on your contact patch, ensuring you’re just as connected to the pedals as riding clipless, but have a bit more flexibility to float your foot around to your own sweet spot on the pedal.
Shimano SH-RP4 Cycling Shoe - Women's
Shimano's SH-RP4 Cycling Shoe might represent the most value paced shoe we've seen to date. Boa dial closure, good looks, and dialed construction all for under $125? Unheard of. It doesn't take much for us to sing the praises of Shimano shoes as we've been treated to unmatched comfort and reliability in the past, so we have no reservations recommending these shoes if your old ones have given up the ghost or it's your first clipless go around.
Up top, it uses a high-density, low maintenance synthetic leather upper with perforations that help improve the fit and increase its breathability. That before mentioned Boa L6 dial closure offering quick micro-adjustments of the upper most offset strap works in conjunction with the two lower hook-and-loop closure straps to provide an impressive foothold without excessive pressure. Down below, the lightweight glass-fiber reinforced nylon sole gets the power to the pedals and its wide heel pad helps prevent the floor at the coffee shop from turning into a skating rink.
Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch SPD Cycling Shoe - Women's
Riding clipped in doesn't have to mean you're regulated to goofy looking carbon soled kicks that make you walk like a puppy in high-heels. With options like the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch SPD Mountain Bike Shoes for Women you'll fly down trails with the power of clipless shoes, but with a sense of street style that passes on the brewery patio when your ride ends and its time for a crisp IPA to cut the summer heat. These style-loaded shoes don't stop there, though, they load you up with adventure-ready technology that can charge deep into the woods to blast berms previously only lapped by elk and rabbits. With a bonded upper your feet will be hugged into place securely, keeping your footing sure on or off of the bike, and rugged soles grip the dirt when you need to hop off the bike to scope out the trail ahead before dropping in.
The X-ALP Launch SPD's set you up with a stiff enough sole, thanks to a nylon composite shank, and serious grip that locks into the trail when you're off the bike. Its built with an EVA midsole that cushions blows from sharp rocks or lofty drops, and Vibram Megagrip outsoles that holds true to the dirt under foot. The lugs are designed with open an chevron shaped pattern, directionally placed to give you braking power in the heel, and propelling power in the toe while maintaining surefooted grip. Even the pedal zone features Vibram Megagrip with siping to keep mud away, so engaging is quick and snappy when you clip in.
Scott Road Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling Shoe - Women's
Whether you're heading out for an early morning ride, or making your commute at sundown, visibility is key to having a safe and enjoyable ride. The Scott Road Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling Shoe is ideal for these situations as it features a fully reflective upper that helps you be seen in low-light conditions. And considering that it provides all of the same benefits as the popular Road Comp Boa, it's a good option for your everyday riding shoe, too.
The Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling shoes wrap your feet in supportive comfort thanks to the adaptive fit upper pattern and the micro-adjustable Boa closure system. Combined with the lower anatomic strap, the shoes articulate to best fit the shape of the rider's foot. They employ Scott's "Sport Fit" which features a larger volume, more relaxed fit that's great for long days in the saddle. The ErgoLogic footbed cushions the underside of your foot, and features adjustable arch and metatarsal support. The composite outsole rates at a 6 out of 10 on Scott's stiffness scale, efficiently transferring power to the pedals while maintaining all-day comfort and off-the-bike walkability.
Mavic Sequence Elite Cycling Shoe - Women's
You've got a new bike, a MIPS helmet, and a closet full of kit, and all you need to live your road riding dreams is a pair of shoes that affordably balances comfort and efficient power transfer. Mavic's Sequence Elite Women's Cycling Shoes tick all those boxes with a streamlined profile that will make any kit look pro. With a carbon reinforced composite sole and supportive, micro-adjustable fit, the Sequence represents a definitive step-up from Mavic's entry-level offerings that still leave room in your cash flow for weekend ride adventures and local race fees.
Dialing in a micro-adjustable fit along the shoe's upper, the Ergo Dial maintains support while its quick-release functionality makes removal a painless affair, which will be much appreciated after a long day in the saddle The Ergo Dial is paired with two Ergo Straps along the mid-foot and lower for easy adjustments on the fly.