Which cycling shoes are made for pedal cages?

I still use cages on the pedals of my Bianchi. I find it easier to get in and out of the pedals than clips. However, I cannot find shoes that are designed for cages. Do such shoes exist? Andy St. Paul, MN

Sep 10, 2009
Outside Magazine

The Keo Easy Pedals


Well, yes and no. Any ol’ shoe will fit in a cage. I see people riding that way all the time, a sneaker stuck into a bike pedal cage. But a true cage setup has a shoe with a sort of cage trap under your forefoot. The slot in the trap fits into a corresponding fin on the cage, you cinch the cage straps, and you have a positive connection between shoe and pedal so you can pull "up" and not pull your shoe out of the pedal.

But, that was SO 1980s. I haven’t seen serious old-style shoes that work with that setup for years. I readily admit that modern clipless pedals (which actually have more of a "clip" than the old-style shoes) take a bit of learning. But the advantages are huge. More secure. Safer. More efficient. Plus you actually can FIND them, unlike clip pedals/shoes. I’ve tried them all—Look, Time, Shimano, Eggbeaters, others. I think Look pedals are, overall, the easiest to deal with. Even easier than double-sided Shimano SPD, which makes no sense, but there it is. I have to do less “hunting" for the clip with Look than with Shimano, even though intuitively the Shimanos should be easier.

So, get yourself a pair of Look Keo Easy pedals ($80), take a few minutes with a hand against a wall to get the hang of it, and off you go. In ten minutes, you will be glad you did.

Filed To: Biking, Bike Shoes

More at Outside

Elsewhere on the Web

Not Now

Need a Gear Fix?

Open email. Get latest gear. Repeat.

Thank you!