You will need to decide between flat or clipless shoes. These will be decided by your pedals if you are a seasoned rider, or already have a bike, however if you are just starting out, getting a pair of flat pedals and shoes will be more beginner friendly.
Flat pedals are the standard type of pedal, and they work with any type of shoe. They are easy to use and don't require any special footwear. While they work with all shoes it is still recommended to buy specific shoes if you plan on riding aggressively, which can help tremendously in climbing, and descending. They are going to be less efficient pedalling than clipless pedals due to their inability to pedal upwards.
MTB flat pedal shoes are more common than clipless, however there are a lot of riders that prefer to be locked into the bike.
Clipless pedals require special shoes with cleats on the bottom. The cleats lock into the pedal, keeping your feet secure. This can be more efficient since your feet are locked into place, but it can take some time to get used to. Being locked in also limits your ability to exit the bike once you begin riding.
Road shoes are often clipless due to their superior pedalling efficiency compared to flat pedal shoes.
So, which should you choose? If you're a beginner, start with flat pedals and shoes. Once you've gotten more experience, you can decide if clipless pedals are right for you. Whichever you choose, make sure you're comfortable with your equipment.
In the world of mountain biking, few companies are as well respected as Five ten. Their shoes are known for being both stylish and functional, with models like the Freerider Pro flat pedal shoe and the Kestrel pro clipless shoe offering riders stiff and tacky soles for efficient grip and comfort.
Ride Concepts is another big name in the space of Mountain Bike footwear. Their shoes are designed to be excellent riding shoes first, and brilliant trail shoes second. This means that shoes like the Hellion or Tallac can be used for both purposes. Ride Concepts also offers a wide variety of other mountain biking-specific shoes, such as the aforementioned Tallac, which is designed for downhill riding, and the Hellion designed for trail and enduro riding. No matter what your specific needs are, Ride Concepts has a mountain biking shoe that will help you perform at your best.
When it comes to road cycling, there are few names more trusted than Pearl Izumi. And when it comes to Pearl Izumi's line of shoes, the Elite Road Cycling Shoe is one of the most popular choices among riders.
The Elite Road Cycling Shoe is designed for comfort and performance, with a seamless synthetic upper that hugs your foot and a carbon fiber sole that provides stiffness and power transfer. The shoe also features an adjustable ratcheting strap system that lets you customize the fit, and a built-in heel counter that helps keep your foot in place while riding.
The Shimano RX800 shoes are designed specifically for riding on rough and varied terrain, with a comfortable and supportive fit that will keep your feet feeling good all day long.
The shoes feature a tough and durable synthetic upper that can withstand the rigours of off-road riding, while the Michelin outsole provides plenty of grip and traction on any surface. The Boa dial closure system makes it easy to get a snug and secure fit, while the moulded heel cup ensures your foot stays in place when pedalling hard.
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