The Best Cycling Shoes of 2014

The best new road and mountain cleats. 


—Aaron Gulley

(Inga Hendrickson)

The best new road and mountain cleats. 


—Aaron Gulley

Shimano SH-R260

BEST FOR: Feeling Fast

Shimano says that by slightly increasing the cant of the toes and simultaneously locking the heel in place, this shoe ($300) improves pedaling efficiency and reduces fatigue on long rides. Hard to say if it made us faster, but testers loved the svelte new profile and trimmer weight. 9.4 oz

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Lake CX237

BEST FOR: Hard-to-Fit Feet

Microadjustment features on the CX237’s ($280) Boa system make it easy to hone the fit 
on this carbon-soled racer. Extremely supple leather adds to the comfort of this 
no-nonsense, high-end shoe with a clean, classic look. 9.4 oz

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro Republic

BEST FOR: Touring and Urban Riding

Though it’s intended for riding the road, the Republic ($150) is built around an SPD pedal (read: MTB variety), so the cleat is neatly recessed for easy walking. Replaceable rubber pads on the outsole mean no slip-sliding at café stops or on tricky gravel sections when out touring. 10.1 oz

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0

BEST FOR: Adventure Riders

A carbon midsole that runs the length of the X-Project ($210) makes it impressively rigid when you’re pedaling. But there’s a secret weapon: a flexible plate at the ball of the foot for walking comfort. We appreciated that give on long days of backcountry hike-a-bike. Our only gripe: you can’t replace the lugs when they wear out. 12.6 oz

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Five Ten Maltese Race

BEST FOR: Slick Rock, Enduro Runs

The climbing-shoe-grade rubber on the sole, rand, and toe box make billy-goating down steep, rocky terrain a much less dicey proposition. The only downside to all that rubber (and the oversize Velcro straps): it gets a bit stuffy in hot weather ($140). 14.4 oz

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Specialized S-Works XC

BEST FOR: Shaming the Competition

This narrow-fit, flashy shoe ($400) is so lightweight, it feels a bit like cheating. We loved the accuracy of the dual Boa closure but also appreciated the bottom Velcro strap, which keeps the toe box from stretching. 11.2 oz

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)

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