The right shoes are almost as important as the bike you ride — and we’re not just talking about how they look (although that’s kind of important too). We test Peloton shoes during the months-long R&D process, and now it’s your turn.
After all, which type of shoe you choose has a profound effect on your experience, and there’s no such thing as “one shoe fits all.”
So which Peloton shoes should you get? It depends. If you’re totally new to indoor cycling — either at home or in a studio — we’d recommend the Peloton Cycling Shoe. It’s an all-around option. But if you have a history of knee injuries, are closer to advanced level, or want more cushioning for long rides, the Peloton Cycling Sneakers are better suited to your needs. We’ll keep this page updated as new models become available. So, let’s back to the topic!
How to Connect Peloton Shoes to an Indoor Bike?
First, you’ll need to get a compatible indoor bike. Peloton currently offers its own bike, but if you have an elliptical, spin bike, or another machine already in your home, that may be easier to set up and use.
If you’re just starting out with Peloton, we’d suggest going with the bike — it’s easier to change resistance that way, and it’s designed to maximize the full Peloton experience.
Next, you’ll need the right shoes. If you’ve already got a set of Peloton Shoes, let’s get started! And if not, buy one from Amazon.
Some indoor bikes, like the Peloton Bike, come with cycling shoes already attached to the pedals. But if you have an older machine at home, or are switching out one set of pedals for another (for example, moving your Peloton bike Pedals onto a spin bike) then these instructions will help you get started.
Step 1: Locate the correct connection points on your bike.
Peloton’s compatible bikes have two places where you can connect the shoes to the pedals — but it’s important that you’re connecting to the right ones, as each type of shoe has a different corresponding pedal:
The Peloton Cycling Shoe attaches to metal prongs found underneath the pedals. The Peloton Cycling Sneakers attach to rubber “holders” located on top of the pedal. One set is completely flat, while the other has a small ridge going down its center.
Step 2: Connect your shoes to your bike’s pedals.
Peloton shoes come with a small metal plate that you’ll need to put inside each shoe. This metal plate has two connection points on either side, so you’ll want to line it up with your pedal’s metal prongs before sliding your foot in through the back of the shoe.
If you’re using Peloton Cycling Shoe, you’ll connect to the bottom set of prongs. If you’re using Peloton Cycling Sneakers, you’ll want to attach to the top “holders.”
Step 3: Fasten your shoes to your pedals.
The velcro fastener on Peloton’s cycling shoes attaches at the center back of the shoe — and should be placed about an inch lower than your ankle for optimal comfort while riding — just like you’d secure your shoes if you were playing sports or running.
Step 4: Attach pedals to bike.
Now that the shoes are connected to the pedals, just attach them to your machine at your preferred resistance level. The Peloton Bike has a built in resistance knob on its console, so it’s really easy. If you have an older bike, however, you’ll want to make sure the resistance knob is in the “off” position before riding.
Step 5: Get moving!
Now that your bike and shoes are set up, go ahead and jump on — you’ll be cruising along in no time! Just be careful when stepping off the bike to avoid hitting your foot against pedals.