Welcome to our Staff Picks - Cycling Shoes collection, where we've handpicked the finest footwear for every type of cyclist. Whether you're a road racer, a trail blazer, a commuter, or a weekend explorer, our selection covers all the bases. Discover shoes that offer the perfect blend of comfort, performance, and style, meticulously chosen by our experts.
From road-specific designs for optimizing speed to rugged mountain biking shoes built to conquer tough terrain, our staff favorites have you covered. Explore the best options for clipless pedals, flat pedals, and everything in between. Elevate your riding experience with the perfect pair of cycling shoes, and pedal with confidence and style on every journey.
Five Ten Hellcat Pro
Picked by: Justin Cianciolo
Conquer the Mountain with Five Ten Hellcat Pro Mountain Bike Shoes.
For those who live for gravity-fueled adventures, the Adidas Five Ten Hellcat Pro is the ultimate choice. Designed for downhill and enduro enthusiasts, these mountain bike shoes deliver unparalleled all-conditions control. Featuring cleat compatibility and a stiff midsole, they enable aggressive pedaling even on the toughest terrain. Crafted with a durable synthetic upper and abrasion-resistant weldings, they're built to withstand the most demanding rides. The non-marking Stealth Marathon rubber outsole ensures exceptional grip on both pedals and the trail, providing you with the confidence to tackle any descent.
Plus, these shoes are environmentally conscious, with 20% of the upper crafted from a minimum of 50% recycled content. Gear up for gravity-powered adventures with the Five Ten Hellcat Pro.
Specialized 2fo Method
Picked by: Dave Powell
Experience the perfect blend of style and performance with the Specialized 2FO Method cycling shoes. These shoes combine the exceptional pedal grip of the SlipNot™ compound with a sleek canvas upper and low-profile design. Whether you're hitting the trails, pump track, or jump line, these shoes are ready to deliver top-tier performance.
Trusted by elite riders like Loïc Bruni and Finn Iles on the World Cup DH podiums, the SlipNot sole ensures you have the traction you need to conquer any terrain. From off-road adventures to casual hangouts, the 2FO Method cycling shoes are your key to full-spectrum cycling excitement.
Five Ten Freerider
Picked by: Julian Kennedy
The adidas Five Ten Freerider Mountain Bike Shoes are the classic, do-it-all flat pedal shoes that have set the standard in the industry. Often imitated but never duplicated, these shoes deliver legendary flat pedal control to support your every move on the bike. Their unique blend of casual style ensures a smooth transition from trail to town after your ride. With Stealth S1 rubber and a Dotty tread pattern, your feet stay securely planted on the pedals, no matter the terrain. Crafted from a mix of leather and mesh, these shoes are built to withstand the test of time, ensuring you can ride season after season. Elevate your cycling experience with the Five Ten Freerider.
Specialized 2FO Cliplite
Picked by: John Lawrence
The Specialized 2FO Cliplite cycling shoes redefine precision fit, offering unmatched pedal input for supreme on-trail control. Equipped with micro-adjustable BOA® Li2 dials and a welded upper, these shoes deliver an exceptionally comfortable fit tailored to your preferences.
Featuring a cushioned EVA foam midsole and a relaxed fit last, the 2FO Cliplite ensures you stay secure and cool during long rides without compromising off-the-bike comfort and style. With SlipNot™ FG rubber soles, these shoes provide best-in-class pedal grip and connectivity when you're pushing the limits on the trails. The 2FO Cliplite is your key to achieving all-out trail speed with precision.
Specialized 2FO Roost Clip
Picked by: Greg Hamill
The Specialized 2FO Roost Clip cycling shoes are your go-to solution for a versatile MTB shoe that seamlessly transitions from thrilling rides in the park to post-ride relaxation. These shoes exude a casual and relaxed vibe while possessing all the essential attributes for high-performance riding.
Crafted with a durable leather and textile upper, cushioned EVA foam midsole, and a relaxed fit last, they effortlessly withstand the demands of daily trail adventures without compromising off-the-bike comfort and style. What sets them apart is the SlipNot FG rubber sole, ensuring confident traction both on and off the trail. Elevate your riding experience with the 2FO Roost Clip and enjoy the best of both worlds."
Specialized Recon 3.0
Picked by: Ben Reisse
The Specialized Recon 3.0 is a true embodiment of the legendary S-Works Recon performance, tailored to cater to the needs of XC and gravel enthusiasts. These shoes prioritize comfort, power transfer, lightweight design, and style. Designed with Body Geometry, the Recon 3.0 ensures both comfort and efficiency, making it stand out on unconventional paths.
Off-road adventures often lead into unpredictable terrain, and the Recon 3.0 is ready for it. It incorporates XPEL Mesh for a comfortable fit that repels water, ensuring lightweight and quick drying. The SlipNot compound covers the entire outsole, providing reliable off-bike traction on various surfaces, aided by open treads that effortlessly shed mud. With dual L6-Snap Boas and a Velcro forefoot closure, you can achieve micro-adjustable comfort and a secure fit designed for all-day performance. Whether you're exploring open gravel roads, winding single tracks, or challenging hike-a-bike sections, the Recon 3.0 is your key to enhancing your XC and gravel cycling experience.