The Best Shoes for Indoor Cycling

The Best Shoes for Indoor Cycling

Our pick

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (women's)

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (women’s)

The best women’s shoes for indoor cycling

This well-vented Garneau pair fits snugly yet comfortably, transfers power to the pedal well, and is safe to walk in.

Buying Options

$100 from Backcountry
$67 from Amazon

May be out of stock

$70 $48 from REI

Use promo code LABORDAY20 for 20% off (with store pickup).

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (men's)

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (men’s)

The best men’s shoes for indoor cycling

These shoes are the same as the women’s model, in men’s sizes.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon

The Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (men’s and women’s) proved to be the most breathable of the five mountain-bike-style shoes we tested, with ample mesh inserts for ventilation. The design is also outfitted with sole lugs that are relatively level and make it easier and more comfortable to walk around off the bike; most MTB shoes, in contrast, have an awkward, uphill angle (that is, they position your toes higher than your heels). The Multi Air Flex shoes fit securely without being too narrow—a common issue among cycling shoes—and have a well-padded heel collar and tongue. Our only real complaint is that they run a bit small (or perhaps Garneau’s size chart is off), so you may prefer to go one size larger than usual.

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Runner-up

Pearl Izumi Women’s All-Road v4

Pearl Izumi Women’s All-Road v4

A locked-down fit for women

Secure and sturdy, these Pearl Izumi shoes fit snugly for powerful pedaling but may be too tight for wider feet.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $63.

Pearl Izumi Men’s All-Road v4

Pearl Izumi Men’s All-Road v4

A locked-down fit for men

These shoes are the same design as the women’s model, in men’s sizes.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $82.

The Pearl Izumi All-Road v4 (men’s and women’s), a sturdier-feeling shoe than our top pick, feels particularly secure on the feet and on the bike. The robust, full-length lugs yield an even flatter, almost horizontal sole than on the Garneau pair, making these shoes feel almost normal to walk around in. The All-Road design’s third strap, closest to the ankle, is wider than most and provides a particularly good locked-in feel. Still, its three straps seem shorter than those on the other shoes we tested, so folks with wide or high-volume feet might find that these shoes fit too snugly. And although they seem more durable than our top pick—perhaps because of how much material is involved in their uppers—they are far less ventilated and could get pretty hot in a longer or more intense class.

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Our pick

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (women's)

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (women’s)

The best women’s shoes for indoor cycling

This well-vented Garneau pair fits snugly yet comfortably, transfers power to the pedal well, and is safe to walk in.

Buying Options

$100 from Backcountry
$67 from Amazon

May be out of stock

$70 $48 from REI

Use promo code LABORDAY20 for 20% off (with store pickup).

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (men's)

Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex (men’s)

The best men’s shoes for indoor cycling

These shoes are the same as the women’s model, in men’s sizes.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon

Runner-up

Pearl Izumi Women’s All-Road v4

Pearl Izumi Women’s All-Road v4

A locked-down fit for women

Secure and sturdy, these Pearl Izumi shoes fit snugly for powerful pedaling but may be too tight for wider feet.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $63.

Pearl Izumi Men’s All-Road v4

Pearl Izumi Men’s All-Road v4

A locked-down fit for men

These shoes are the same design as the women’s model, in men’s sizes.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $82.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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