The Best Wide Cycling Shoes For Men And Women
Cycling is a fun activity and one that you can do virtually anywhere. The fun thing about cycling is that it does not feel like exercise, and so most people keep at it longer than they do the gym. You can explore nature on your bike, or cross the country if you like.
Heck, you could even move to a new country (New Zealand comes to mind) and explore the most beautiful landscape on Earth. Seeing that your bike will go places a car cannot, you will have the best view; just you, your bike, and your wide cycling shoes.
The shoes we have in stores are mostly standard; same size shoebox, same cleat adjustment range, and even the same uninspired colors (But who cares about aesthetics? Me). As someone with ‘wide foot syndrome,’ I will tell you this free: he or she who finds a cycling pair that fits the foot snugly finds a good thing.
Wide feet are just that: wider than ‘normal,’ and so the owners go the extra mile when looking for shoes. The shoebox is the area of contention. In wide cycling shoes, that part is made larger, so that it is almost the size of the rest of the shoe in width. This way, your toes will not be squished in your shoes, and you will not be cringing and cursing the entire trail.
5 Best Wide Cycling Shoes Reviews for Men
1. Shimano SHR065 Cycling Shoes - synthetic, imported
Shimano SHR065 is simple, yet sturdy and functional. It is predominantly black, and the design does not tell much about the kind of shoe it is. The details are hidden.
It is super light so that it does not wear out. The material, synthetic fiber leather, is breathable and they have a mesh on the exterior. Inside, the shoe has an integrated aeration system to allow air in and out without compromising its integrity. Your feet stay fresh and dry throughout your ride, which most long distance cyclists understand only too well.
The lightweight polyamide sole is fiberglass-reinforced for comfort. The sole is flat to offer the entire foot uniform cushioning. The padding in the inner sole makes this pair quite comfortable for riding.
The bottom part of Shimano SHR065 is ergonomic for all makes of bikes, with a wide cleat adjustment range to connect to clipless pedals. The sole does not have the most desired grip, and so they are not ideal for walking. This might be a problem for mountain bikers who need to take a break off the pedals.
2. Giro Rumble VR Cycling Shoes - leather, comfortable
This pair looks like the regular shoes you would wear anywhere. With their specs, they could pass for trainers. They are all black with a few orange patches that give them the distinct look of sophistication.
They are made of leather, with a microfiber and mesh upper for breathability. The leather material makes them water-resistant.
The shoebox is wide enough to accommodate wide feet snugly while the Velcro straps help tighten them to fit comfortably if they feel a bit loose. The microfiber, with its flexibility, gives a precise fit that leaves enough space to wiggle your toes.
The outsole is made of rubber and has excellent traction for walking as well as riding. Even though the sole has an optimized cleat zone for stiffness, it also works great for those riding flat-pedaled bikes. This can be attributed to the traction.
The lacing system is normal Velcro, which will not work well with those competing in triathlons.
3. Pearl iZUMi Cycling Shoes - lightweight, durable
The mesh on the outer part of the shoe makes it breathable, which is what every athlete wants in a pair of shoes. They are black, which you will agree is a convenient color given the nature of bike riding.
Combining the leather with nylon makes this shoe both breathable for comfort and water resistant. The contoured tongue enables more air to circulate in the shoe.
The outer sole is pure rubber, which makes them flexible and SPD (Shimano Pedaling System) compatible. This makes them not only ideal for indoor riding, but also the pair to go for when riding outside for long distances. The rubber sole also offers excellent traction for those following tricky trails that may require a bit of legwork.
The lacing system, a triple buckle, ensures a perfect fit.
4. Giro Treble II Cycling Shoes - high-quality, anti-microbial
Giro Treble II is not only available in black, but you can get it in yellow and white too. With a universal cleat mount system; this pair will accommodate both two and three boLT cleat patterns, which is something that most shoe manufacturers overlook.
It is pretty light, weighing in at 290 grams, and it is available in various sizes. The molded EVA footbed offers excellent support to the arch of the heel and aligns the foot in such a way to prevent internal injuries.
It is roomy, particularly in the toes area to avoid cramping of the toes. The three-level buckle system is tight enough for a comfortable fit while making it possible to remove the shoes on impulse.
The outer sole is carbon fiber and therefore quite stiff. While this is ideal for both indoor and outdoor cycling, it is not great for walking. Mountain bikers who follow tough trails may find this a bit disconcerting.
5. Shimano SHM065L Cycling Shoes - durable, fiberglass-reinforced
The synthetic leather that makes these shoes, makes them water resistant, without compromising their ability to stretch.
Then bottom part of the outer sole is rubber, which is ideal for two reasons. First, it lays a good foundation for the inner sole, seeing that it is not too rigid. Second, a rubber outer sole makes it possible to walk when you need to. Long distance cyclist and mountain bikers like taking a break from the pedal for a stretch, and this sole makes that possible. It has a good tread, and so you can count on the support in muddy areas.
The polyamide midsole plate is padded to balance the stiffness of the fiberglass-reinforced material and to enhance the comfort of the shoe. It takes the shape of your foot and improves your stroke.
The extra-large toe room accommodates wide feet without affecting the shoe size.
5 Best Wide Cycling Shoes Reviews for Women
Colorful, supportive sole
Breathable, water resistant
Snug fit, comfortable
1. Louis Garneau Cycling Shoes - colorful, supportive sole
This model comes in various colors as if to appeal to the target market. Louis Garneau cycling shoes are not designated for that one activity. They have excellent traction thanks to the rubber outer sole--a feature that makes them ideal for other outdoor activities too.
The toe room is wide to provide wiggling room, but this does not affect the shoe size. The synthetic leather exterior is waterproof, and it is complemented by a mesh that enhances air circulation.
The Multi Air Flex outsole is ventilated to keep the feet dry while easing pressure on the heel. It gives the feet a bounce for those who land on their heels and even takes off the pressure from the mid part of the foot.
The reflective heel is a good addition as it improves visibility at night. The HRS-80 retention system in this pair positions the heel for a powerful stroke. Louis Garneau cycling shoes are fitted with a backing system to secure a universal cleat.
It pair has three Velcro straps for a snug fit. I like Velcro straps because they are easy to undo especially when you are transitioning to the next activity.
2. Shimano SH-RP2 Cycling Shoes - lightweight
Shimano SH-RP2 Women's cycling shoes are leather-made, water resistant, but still flexible enough to allow your foot to move. They have the perfect balance of stiffness and flexibility, thanks to the lightweight fiberglass-reinforced nylon sole.
The upper mesh keeps the feet dry and comfortable given their ability to manage airflow. The synthetic material on the exterior of this pair is lighter than real leather, and it has been treated for durability. This pair will set you back a good deal, but it will stay in great shape for years.
It is low-maintenance, and will only need a good wash, optimal drying, and storage in a dry place.
It is gender-specific, with an inner sole that literally hugs the foot and aligns it well to avoid straining the middle part. The inner sole is further padded for comfort.
3. Pearl Izumi Cycling Shoes - SPD compatible
This pair is black with a little purple definition at the front and oozes style. It is backed by three Velcro straps for quick fastening and removal, as well as a snug fit.
The inside of this shoe is mostly mesh and fabric to prevent heat from building up and also to enhance mobility.
The inner sole makes it a worthy buy that will last for years. The padded collar provides enough comfort and support from the stiff leather material that makes the exterior. The upper hardly stretches which is why it is advisable to buy one size up.
The sole is rubber and quite flexible for walking in. Pearl Izumi Women's cycling shoe is ideal for spin classes, outdoor cycling, mountain biking, and for triathlon athlete (thanks to the Velcro straps).
The 1:1 power plate is compatible with the entire range of (SPD) Shimano Pedal System. The cleat mounting area is already recessed, but you will need to buy the cleats separately.
4. Giro Riela R Cycling Shoes - breathable, water resistant
This Giro pair is designed differently from other brands, but it conforms to the company’s style. Instead of the usual mesh, the company pokes holes for aeration, which is not only unique but effective too. The entire outer part is synthetic leather, which is both light and durable.
The insole is molded EVA and has minimum arch support for those with feet concerns. The padded collar allows perfect aeration for comfort and stability.
True to Giro’s culture, below the toe area are pre-drilled slots to accommodate steel toe spikes that come in handy in gnarly trails. To top that up, the outsole made of injected nylon provides just the right amount of stiffness to power a pedal while retaining the flexibility to walk when needed.
Three Velcro straps prevent the shoe from slipping off your foot, and they are also favored to laces as they enable a quick removal when you need to take a breather.
5. Giro GF22180 Cycling Shoes - snug fit, comfortable
This Giro pair is the only one you want when hitting the road on pedals. Synthetic leather exterior, mesh on the upper part for airflow, and a rubber sole with pedal compatibility is what you get when you purchase this pair. Granted it is not cheap, but then again, the quality is worth the investment.
The outsole is injected nylon, which is a mixture of both stiff and flexible. The stiffness makes it possible to adapt to various pedaling systems and boost the foot’s upstroke while the flexibility makes this shoe comfortable to walk on.
It has a universal cleat mounting system which fits both three-bolt and two-bolt cleats. It is recessed to ensure comfort when you walk, but the clip will still make a little noise when walking on uncarpeted floors. They run small, and so you may want to order a size up.
Factors to Consider When Buying Wide Cycling Shoes
Apart from size and fitting, there are other factors that you will need to consider. Some people swear by brands, but what matters to me is finding the ideal pair, regardless of who made it.
Cycling shoes, whether wide or not, need to be breathable. You will be taking long rides on your bike, which means that you will be sweating a tad bit more than usual, but mostly depending on the terrain and distance covered. For comfort, you will need a pair that is easily aerated, which will be determined by the inner and outer material.
- "Clip-in" Technology
The cleat on your shoe meets the pedal and attaches to give you fluid movements. In a way, clip-in shoes give you a better riding experience. They are particularly useful when your bike uses the clipless pedal system (like what you find on stationary bikes).
With a clipless pedal, the cleat will connect the pedal and the shoe to make it easier to pull the pedal and to push it down, which essentially improves your stroke and helps you ride faster.
There are three main lacing systems for cycling shoes. You have the good ol’ Velcro straps, buckling, and BOA strapping. Velcro laces provide support, and you can tighten them to suit your liking. Buckling is easy to undo when you want to yank the shoes off your feet, and BOA is still quite new.
This simple lacing system avoids contact with skin and is a super fast way of fastening your shoes. All three methods have their unique pros and cons, and the choice is purely personal. Choose what works best for you, and then find a pair that conforms.
- Type Of Cycling
Are you doing it for fun on weekends, covering long distances, riding a mountain bike on a rough trail, or are you competing in a triathlon? For fun rides, the shoes only need be comfortable. You may not be concerned with the cleat and clip-in technology as yours is purely fun and you are not looking to challenge your time.
Long distances need comfortable shoes with the clip-in technology to help your strokes. The lacing may also matter, seeing that you need comfort and sturdiness. Velcro would do here.
For the tri competitor, you will need, above all else, to be able to yank them off as fast as you can. So, lacing will play a significant role here. Buckles would be the fastest to undo. They should also have a softer sole so that you can wear them without sox should you wish. It is all about the transition.
- Sole Flexibility
The sole should be soft and flexible--especially for mountain bikers. You want it to adjust to landscape changes, and still be gentle enough to walk in when you have to get off your bike.
Which Do We Like Best?
Wide cycling shoes treat the toes right to give you a great biking experience. They are also designed with cyclists in mind, and they will conform to the requirements of your pedal.The best? Always a tough one, but we like Shimano SHR065 All-Around Sports Shoe Men's Cycling for the men’s section. Why is that so? The design is clean, material not only durable but breathable too, and the price is not too bad for a pair with its life expectancy.
In the women’s category, Louis Garneau Women's Multi-Air Flex Fitness/Mountain Cycling Shoe takes it for a compatible cleat mounting system, multi-function, and a super supportive sole that aligns itself with the foot. We did not hate the colors either. It sets you back a good amount, but what are good investments if they do not dent your pocket?