If you’re a Peloton addict, then you know that shoes are an important part of the experience. But with so many different types and styles of shoes on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are right for you.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of Peloton shoes and give you some tips on how to wear them. So read on to learn more!
What type of shoes should I buy?
The first question you may be asking is: “What type of shoes should I wear with my Peloton bike?” The answer depends on what kind of ride you’re planning on doing — and there are three main kinds:
- Road Riding – Riding outside on the pavement
- Treadmill Cycling – Using the Peloton bike on a treadmill
- Cycling Classes – Taking a spin class at your local gym
When you’re wearing the right type of shoes, you’ll be able to push more efficiently and effectively when you ride. Your feet should feel naturally connected to the pedals so that every stroke feels comfortable and smooth. Let’s go over each kind of shoe in more detail, one by one.
Road Riding Shoes
For road riding (i.e., outside on pavement), the ideal shoe will be stiff and unyielding to get the most efficient power transfer to the pedals. Look for a flat sole since that will be easier to attach to pedal clips than a thicker sneaker outsole.
Also, consider the material — leather is the best since it’s durable and will protect your feet from hot pedals. You can also look for a shoe that has an adjustable heel counter to get the perfect amount of tension around your ankles.
This road riding shoe by Pearl Izumi is an example of what you should wear when you go on a ride outside
Treadmill Cycling Shoes
Now let’s talk about shoes for treadmill cycling. For this, you’ll want to find a shoe with lots of flexibility and little weight. Look for something that can adapt to changing terrain while still keeping your feet comfy and supported.
Since it doesn’t matter if the backs of your heels get caught in the bars as they do outside, you can find a shoe that has a mesh or opens back. Adjustable straps and laces are also good since you don’t want it to suddenly come off mid-ride!
You’re going to sweat a lot when cycling indoors (even with the adjustable fan on), so make sure your shoes can handle it. A good example of a treadmill cycling shoe is the Mizuno Wave Dynamis.
Finally, you’ll want something that takes little time to break in. You’ll be wearing your riding shoes for an hour or two nearly every day, so it’s important that you get something that works well from the start.
This treadmill cycling shoe by Mizuno is great for indoor workouts
Cycling Classes Shoes
And finally, these are the shoes that you’ll need for spin classes at your local gym. The best cycling classes shoes have a flat sole, lots of ventilation, and a sturdy upper to withstand lots of wear and tear (and if you wear them with cleats as I do, they must be compatible with SPD clips).
Because it’s hard to be sure you won’t slip on a spin bike as it is on an outdoor ride, make sure your shoe has good traction. Look for something with lots of treads or high profile rubber outsoles for extra stability.
If you want to go fast in cycling classes, look for shoes that are lightweight and allow for quick bursts of power. If you want more cushioning for support, consider one of the shoes with air chambers or gel inserts like this cycling class shoe by Shimano.
Now you know what type of shoes to wear for your different types of rides. Remember, outdoor cycling shoes should be stiff and strong while treadmill cycling shoes need more flexibility and ventilation. And finally, spinning classes require lightweight shoes that offer good traction on the pedals.
What kind of shoes do you plan to wear when you ride? Let me know in the comments below!
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