- 1 Ten best Shoes for Spinning:
- 2 Our pick of the best Indoor Cycling / Spinning Shoe for Men:
- 3 For Women our top 5 Spinning Shoe Picks are:
- 4 What to consider when choosing the best shoes for Spinning
- 5 Types of Cleats Suitable for Spinning:
- 6 The stiffer the shoe the better
- 7 Best towels for Spinning Classes
If you have just started Indoor Cycling, or Spinning, then you will probably want to get the right gear for the job, choosing the best shoes for spinning is really down to personal taste and what works for you. In this guide we will take you through the best of the market, and show what to look for when it comes to choosing the right spinning shoes for you.
Ten best Shoes for Spinning:
Our pick of the best Indoor Cycling / Spinning Shoe for Men:
Alternatives Indoor Cycling Shoes For Men to consider:
Pearl iZUMi Men’s Race Road II Cycling Shoe
Giro Grynd Bike Shoe
Shimano Unisex Sh-Ct41 Bicycle Shoes
X-ALP ENDURO IV
Mavic Mountain Indoor Cycling Shoes
For Women our top 5 Spinning Shoe Picks are:
Our Pick of the best Spinning Shoe For Women: Pearl Izumi – Ride Women
Pearl Izumi – Ride Women’s W X-ALP Enduro Iv Cycling Shoe
Giro Riela Bike Shoe – Women’s
Zol White MTB Indoor Cycling Shoes
Shimano SH-RP2 Women’s Touring Road Cycling Synthetic Leather Shoes
. This is the lightest of the lot, providing great ventilation for the feet ensuring you stay comfortable even when the temeratures start rising. Strong velcro straps ensure the shoes remain tightly fitting, and vents in the side allow air to circulate.
Best Cleats for Spin and Indoor Cycling Shoes: Wellgo SPD Cleats
First up, if you do choose a clip less pedal then you will need to order Cleats at the same time you order your Shoes. We found the best pair of cleats for Indoor cycling shoes are the Wellgo SPD Cleats (they are also the cheapest):See latest price
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What to consider when choosing the best shoes for Spinning
Spinning may be intense and hard work, but its not really competitive. This makes a huge difference in how much you need to spend on the shoes, as there is no need to spend money on marginal gains.
Besides not needing marginal gains, there is also the fact that most Spin Classes take place indoors, so again we don’t need to worry about expensive waterproof fabrics or warmth. If fact you really want shoes that keep your feet cool rather than warm, like many mountain bike shoes.
Types of Cleats Suitable for Spinning:
If you look at the pedals on spin bikes you will see that most of them are double sided. On one side they have a side with a flat pedal covered with a toe clip (a plastic cage with a nylon strap to tighten your foot to the pedal, the other side has a little metal cleat. Both versions have their advantages.
Flat pedals mean that you can use any shoes to cycle, this could be your trainers or a pair of running shoes. The clip side though can only be used with specially adapted spinning shoes with SPD Cleats attached.
The advantage of the SPD cleats is that your foot is firmly attached to the pedal, as you raise your foot on the upstroke you are transferring the maximum power of your leg, through your foot and onto the flywheel via the pedals. This makes cycling very efficient, which is why SPDs are very popular for cyclists.
Our Pick of the Best Cleats for Indoor Cycling: Shimano SM-SH56 SPD Cleat Set
The stiffer the shoe the better
And why trainers are a bad idea for spinning
When I started spinning, like everyone else I wore my normal gym trainers. This was a terrible idea! Within a few weeks I had unwittingly ruined my soft soled trainers.
The problem was the pedals on the spinning bikes were sharp metal, this cut right into the sole of my trainers, nearly cutting them in half.
Also I found that I could not put the same pressure onto the pedal of the spin bike as I could my mountain bike, simply because the trainer would bend wasting all the effort. My foot would also cut into the pedal which was becoming uncomfortable.
This is why I took the decision to buy a pair of dedicated shoes for spinning, and look for the best shoes for spinning.
Best towels for Spinning Classes
If you do become a regular in indoor cycling sessions then you will become hot and sweaty, this is normal and even the best air con can’t really prevent it. Our advice is to pack a towel.
When choosing a towel for spinning there are a couple of things to think about, like size and how to store it safely.