Ever since the pandemic caused us to spend more time indoors, spinning, and indoor cycling has become more popular than ever.
Whether you are already hooked on indoor cycling or you’re keen to see what all the fuss is about, you’ll need to make sure you have the right gear to help you get the most from your workouts. At the top of your shopping list should be some suitable spin shoes.
If you attend spin classes at a studio, you don’t want to rely on a sweaty and ill-fitting pair of rentals. For those who have been using the same pair of spin shoes for years, it’s likely time to consider an upgrade. Regular riders should replace spin shoes on a yearly basis. The clip mechanisms degrade over time so don’t skimp on replacing worn shoes.
Before you explore our showcase of the best spin shoes, consider the following pointers:
- Intended use: If you are a serious road cyclist, you may find it worth spending a few hundred dollars on cycling shoes made from upscale materials to give you an extra competitive edge on your bike. If you only plan to ride a stationary bike once in a while, whether at home or in a studio, you might be looking for more cost-effective equipment.
- Cleat system: Most bikes will have a two-bolt SPD clip system or a three-bolt Look Delta clip system. As an example, Peloton bikes use the Delta system, while SoulCycle studio bikes ae equipped with pedals featuring both SPD and Delta clip systems. Make sure you check for compatibility before committing to purchase.
- Ventilation: If you find that your feet perspire heavily or they get overheated as you cycle, you may consider investing in some road bike shoes. These shoes will be thinner and equipped with more integrated insulation. Mountain bike shoes, by contrast, are thicker and less well-insulated.
- Closure: Almost all spin shoes have Velcro or Boa closures. Some use a combination of both closures. Velcro is lightweight and highly adjustable but tends to lose its stickiness over time. Boa closures give you wires in place of laces, wires you can adjust to fit using a knob.
- Walking: If you intend to walk around the studio or gym after spinning sessions, you should look at shoes with recessed cleats. The cleats on these shoes are sunken into the shoe making it easier for you to walk.
- Unisex or gendered shoes: Most athletic shoes are gendered not to cater for style preferences, but rather due to the slight differences in the morphology of male and female feet. Broadly speaking, male feet are wider across the toes and heel. Look for individual fit and comfort over the gender of the spin shoes on your shortlist.
If you keep these simple elements in mind, you should find it easy to compare the spin shoes we review like for like.
The 12 Best Spin Shoes
1. Our Pick: Shimano Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: SPD and SPD-SL
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 8 inches
Shimano is one of the best-known bike brands, so you’re in safe hands with these shoes designed for both indoor cycling and road cycling.
Intended for both men and women, these shoes will fit snugly, although those with wider feet might find they are too tight in the toe box.
Made from a combination of synthetic leather and mesh, the shoes are hardwearing yet comfy, and they are also highly breathable.
The shoes are compatible with SPD cleats and also SPD-L cleats. You can also use these shoes in clip-in pedals if you take your road bike out for a spin. No cleats are bundled with these shoes, though, so you’ll need to make provision of those for indoor cycling.
A simple slip-on style means these shoes are a cinch to put on or remove. The single-strap closure is user-friendly and gives the shoes a nice snug fit on your foot.
The sole of the shoes is reinforced with fiberglass, allowing for superb power transfer and improved performance in the gym or the studio.
As long as you don’t have extra-wide feet, these Shimano shoes are one of the most versatile options at your disposal for cycling indoors or outdoors. Check closely for sizing as a few disgruntled consumers report encountering discrepancies with the sizing chart.
2. GAVIN Indoor Fitness Shoes
- Cleat system: SPD, MTB, and Crank Brothers
- Weight: 6 pounds
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.6 x 4.1 inches
Next up in today’s collection of the best spin shoes comes from GAVIN and is a much more heavyweight offering.
These shoes are designed primarily for use on mountain bikes, although you can also use them for the purposes of spinning and indoor cycling.
Compatible with two-bolt cleat systems – SPD, MTB, and Crank Brothers – you’re in safe hands here as long as you don’t need compatibility with the Delta clip system. You must buy the cleats separately, so factor this into your budgeting.
Hook-and-loop closures made from carbon fiber promote a snug fit that doesn’t cramp your feet.
The insole of these shoes is one of the key benefits. Not only is it lightweight and breathable, but it will also dry out quickly streamlining upkeep.
Despite the manufacturer’s claim that these are lightweight shoes, they are quite heavy and bulky, so you might want to look elsewhere if your feet are prone to overheating.
In spite of the heavyweight form factor, these are not the longest-lasting shoes out there, especially if you plan to use them for outdoor cycling. If your focus is on indoor cycling, though, you should find they will give you plenty of faithful service.
3. Santic Road Bike Shoes
- Cleat system: Most cleats
- Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.8 x 8.7 inches
These Santic road bike shoes are also suitable for indoor use.
Where many spin shoes are finished in the same black or gray colorways, these are available in an array of commanding designs to match you bike and your personality.
Luckily, it’s not a case of form over function, though. Investing in these shoes will not only make your bike rides more comfortable, but you will also find they help optimize your performance.
One of the primary draws with these shoes is the breathability. If your feet are prone to sweating and overheating during spin classes, the Santic provide a lightweight and highly breathable solution. This is achieved through a series of oversized ventilation holes in the outer of the shoes.
You get a reasonable choice of sizes, with these shoes running true to size. The shoes are of average width, so should fit most male and females with standard shaped feet.
Note that no cleats are included with the Santic road bike shoes, so you’ll need to purchase these separately.
As an added bonus, the shoes come backed by a one-year limited warranty. Few manufacturers will guarantee bike shoes for longer than this due to the way the clip mechanisms weaken over time.
Compatible with almost all cleat types, these versatile spin shoes are well worth a place on your shortlist, especially if you enjoy cycling outdoors as well as attending spin classes.
4. Venzo Indoor Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: SPD and Look Delta
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions: 13.6 x 8.5 x 5.1 inches
Venzo has a deep bench of cycling accessories that are competitively priced yet have a sharp focus on performance.
You can freely use these shoes with both Look Delta and SPD clip systems, giving you great compatibility. You get some Look Delta cleats included with the shoes, too, allowing you to get going right out the box.
Choose from one of two vibrant designs to match your mood and benefit from improved performance as you get better power transfer from your legs to the pedals when wearing these shoes.
Compatibility is excellent with these shoes ideal for indoor cycling, road riding, commuter cycling, or spin classes.
The cleat area of the shoe will accommodate all types of cleats. You get some Look Delta cleats thrown in, perfect for use with spin bikes like Peloton.
The uppers are made from a blend of mesh and synthetic material that promotes breathability and ensures you don’t end up with hot, sweaty fit by the end of spin class.
While these shoes are keenly priced and loaded with benefits, keep an eye out for the straps as these are a potential weak point that could shorten the lifespan of these shoes if you don’t handle them with care.
5. Tommaso Strada Indoor Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: Look Delta
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.7 x 9.8 inches
Next in line is one of several pairs of shoes from the Tommaso stable, this pair intended for indoor cycling.
Designed expressly for use with Peloton, you will benefit from a set of Look Delta cleats if you invest in these spin shoes. Not only are the cleats bundled, btu they are also pre-installed, saving you from a potentially tricky installation. Beginners or anyone uncomfortable with DIY will especially appreciate this.
If you are concerned about buying shoes online, this manufacturer is the only one to offer a lifetime guarantee as well as a fit guarantee, allowing you to buy with complete confidence.
The shoes are quite lightweight at 2.2 pounds, the median weight for spin shoes in this class.
Synthetic leather uppers will hug the contours of your feet without leaving your feet feeling cramped or restricted. A combination of a buckle closure and Velcro straps ensure the shoes stay snugly in place during even the most vigorous spin sessions.
Wearing these shoes will allow you to transfer power from your legs to the pedals more efficiently, improving both your performance and the physical health benefits delivered by your workout.
Aside from a few gripes about premature lifespan issues, most user testimony for these shoes is positive and they are among the favorite pairs on our shortlist today.
6. Pearl Izumi Men’s Road Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: SPD and road cleats
- Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.6 x 4.1 inches
As we hit the midpoint of our spin shoes reviews, we have some versatile and performance-oriented shoes from the inimitable Pearl Izumi.
The shoes are available in either a plain white or plain black finish, giving you a minimalist edge as you cycle indoors in the gym or at the studio.
The lightweight shoes are primarily designed for road bikes, so performance is uppermost here. That said, you can also easily switch to indoor cycling.
Compatible with both road cleats and SPD clip systems, you have plenty of options here.
Perforated mesh helps to keep your feet from overheating and the three-strap closure ensures the shoes stay snugly positioned with no unnecessary movement to mar your workout.
A carbon fiber insert in the forefoot of the shoes adds some valuable stiffness without compromising comfort.
These shoes are intended mainly for men, but some women may also appreciate the fit.
Backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and impeccable brand heritage, you have nothing to lose by giving these spin shoes a try. If you are not totally happy, contact the manufacturer and get your money back. We don’t think there’s much chance you’ll be doing that, though.
7. TIEM Slipstream Indoor Cycling Shoe
- Cleat system: SPD and dual pedals
- Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Dimensions: 11.1 x 4 x 4.2 inches
Cycling specialist TIEM serves up some spin shoes to help you maximize your performance and workout the easy way.
Unlike many spin shoes, you’ll find these are simple to walk in, allowing you to catch up with friends after spin class without worrying about taking a tumble or damaging your shoes.
The lightweight nature of the shoes is impressive, and it’s combined with durability and stiffness to deliver all-round performance at a reasonable price point. While these shoes are among the most expensive we review today, overall value is unbeatable.
Choose from a range of bright colorways or these more muted black shoes. There is something for everyone here.
Easy to slip on or off, the single-strap closure enhances both aesthetics and ease of use.
The blended mesh and textile uppers of the shoes give you breathability that outflanks most of the competition.
Compatible with SPD cleat systems and also dual pedal systems, you cannot use these shoes with Look Delta clip systems. You’ll need to purchase some cleats separately, too, so take care of this to avoid disappointment and an extra wait when unboxing.
As long as you don’t mind digging a bit deeper for the privilege, these are among the most effective spin shoes you’ll find in a crowded market segment.
8. Venzo Women’s Indoor Bike Shoes
- Cleat system: Look Delta
- Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions: 14 x 4.9 x 6.6 inches
Another pair of spin shows from the Venzo line next with these women’s shoes intended for indoor cycling. From home to gym to studio, you’ll be ready to ride any bike with a Look Delta clip system when you invest in these spin shoes.
As an inbuilt bonus, you can also comfortably press these shoes into action outdoors.
Although the shoes are designed to fit women’s feet snugly, males with narrow feet may appreciate the snugness of the fit here.
Unlike many other shoes in this niche, these come with a set of premium Look Delta cleats, allowing you to get right down to business after unboxing.
The mesh uppers of the shoes help to keep your feet cool as you hit the pedals hard during spin class or when you’re taking your road bike outside.
The liner of the shoes is removable for drying or washing.
Aside from a handful of complaints about the poor quality of customer care offered, there is not much else to knock about these gendered spin shoes from Venzo. Do they make the right fit for you, though?
9. Shimano Women’s Indoor Bike Shoes
- Cleat system: SPD
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 8 inches
As we near the end of our search for the best indoor bike shoes, we have another offering from the always-reliable Shimano stable. How do these gendered spin shoes stand and fall, then?
If you often walk around after spin class, you’ll find you can do that fuss-free when you’re wearing these shoes thanks to the recessed cleats.
Choose from one of three bright colors or this plain black variant.
The grippy rubber soles give you great traction as you pedal your indoor bike, strengthening the power transfer from your legs to the pedals. You will find it easier to pick up speed, and you will also get a more rigorous and demanding workout, further boosting your fitness levels.
Unlike many of the more versatile spin shoes on our list today, these are only suitable for indoor use, so don’t make the mistake of trying to take them outside.
Although the shoes are impressively comfortable, you will also find they provide sufficient stiffness and rigidity for optimal performance when cycling indoors.
10. Tommaso Pista Women’s Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: All cleats
- Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.7 x 9.8 inches
The first of another two pairs of spin shoes from the Tommaso range, this time the Pista shoes designed expressly for women cycling and spinning indoors.
You get just three colors to choose from here including these traditional black shoes.
Compatible with all cleats, you get none included with purchase so invest in some of these separately in line with the indoor bike you plan to ride. You can use the shoes with both two-bolt and three-bolt cleat systems, opening up almost all spinning bikes and indoor bikes.
As with all spin shoes, these allow you to maximize power transfer from legs to pedals, increasing the efficiency or your workout as well as boosting your overall performance.
The hook-and-loop closure sits low and features Velcro for complete convenience. As with all Velcro straps, you may find the stickiness degrades over time.
Another notable drawback with these shoes is that the arrangement of the cleat system makes it very tough to walk around wearing these shoes. Look at some of the many other spin shoes above and below if this would likely inconvenience you.
Ventilation, on the other hand, is excellent, so you won’t find your feet overheating.
For a great all-round spin shoe you can use with almost any indoor bike, we strongly recommend the Tommaso Pista.
11. Tommaso Pista Women’s Indoor Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: Look Delta, SPD, SPD-L, and Speedplay
- Weight: 1.75 pounds
- Dimensions: 11.2 x 4.2 x 11.2 inches
Yet another pair of shoes from the Tommaso stable next with these breathable spin shoes for women.
As with the shoes showcased above, you’ll find this iteration of the Pista makes a smooth fit with almost any indoor bicycle. The manufacturer includes a highly effective set of Look Delta cleats to get you going out the box. Even better, the cleats are pre-installed, something for which beginners especially will be thankful.
These shoes make a great bet for any cyclist looking to get the most out of their indoor cycling workout, but without compromising comfort to achieve this.
Ventilation is top-notch and the shoes are also extremely breathable. If your feet tend to sweat lots when you cycle indoors, they won’t end up hot and smelly if you invest in these Tommaso.
The three-strap closure system is not the quickest to operate, but the result is a snugly fitting spin shoe that will help you optimize your workouts without breaking the bank.
The only minor downside among a shower of benefits concerns the holes on the cleat system. A few dissatisfied customers report problems developing over time. On the plus side, you should replace your spin shoes roughly once a year anyway if you ride regularly, so this shouldn’t become an issue.
12. Giro Cadet Women’s Road Cycling Shoes
- Cleat system: All cleats
- Weight: 0.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 11.4 x 4.2 x 8.8 inches
Last up today is this pair of indoor cycling shoes designed for women from a lesser known brand, Giro.
The first thing to point out is that these shoes have a very narrow fit. Men are sometimes tempted to try out women’s cycling shoes, but in this case that would be inadvisable.
The outsole of the shoes is loaded with carbon fiber, giving you a stiff and supportive but comfortable spin shoe at a far lower price point than much of the opposition.
Instant-release Boa closures involve a slight learning curve. As soon as you master using these wires with the knob, you’ll find you can get the snuggest fit from these shoes, almost as though they were made to measure.
Not only do these shoes promote unbeatable power transfer, but they are also very lightweight and also surprisingly hardwearing.
Although this might not be the first brand you think of when shopping for cycling shoes, the Giro Cadet are among the best budget spin shoes out there. Additionally, you can wear these shoes outdoors on your road bike, giving you incredible value without sacrificing comfort or performance.
1) Are spin shoes and cycling shoes the same thing?
No. Spin shoes are designed specifically for use with indoor cycling bikes. The clips on these shoes are intended to fit into the pedals of the spinning bikes you find in a studio or gym. You may find that you can wear some road bike shoes on indoor bikes, but this is not always possible, and neither is it necessarily the best option.
2) How should spin shoes fit?
When you are shopping for spin shoes, you need to think about the length and the width of the shoe, as well as the heel grip. In terms of width, avoid shoes with so much space inside that your feet move from side to side. At the same time, you need to make sure the shoes are not so narrow that you can feel pressure on the sides of your feet. Look for the same happy medium when considering the length of spin shoes. The back of the spin shoes should fit comfortably and firmly up against your heel. Get this wrong and the shoes will not be stable enough for purpose.
3) Is it worth buying a pair of indoor cycling shoes?
Yes. If you are just starting out, you may think that toe clips will be sufficient. Attaching your feet to the pedals with stiff cycling shoes, though, makes a dramatic difference to your performance. You will find you can transfer much more power to the bike when you’re wearing dedicated cleated shoes, and you can achieve this throughout the entire pedal rotation. As you push down when wearing spin shoes, the stiff soles transfer maximum power from your legs to the pedals. Ripping the pedals upwards allows you hamstrings to come into play when you’re wearing the right shoes. Choosing the best spin shoes, then, will not only help you to cycle faster, but will also lead to a more effective workout.
4) Can I wear mountain bike shoes for indoor cycling?
Yes, MTB shoes are rugged enough for indoor and outdoor use, although you may find your feet get overheated or sweaty.
5) Can I use my spin shoes for other activities like running?
No. Reserve your spin shoes for indoor cycling, whether at home, in the gym, or at the studio.
6) Is it not possible to rent spin shoes?
Yes, it is, but you will run the hygiene risk of using shoes worn by countless other people pedaling hard during spin classes. Also, there is no guarantee that the shoes provided will fit you snugly. Do yourself a favor and invest in some spin shoes. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to your overall performance.
We hope today’s guide to the best spin shoes has given you plenty of inspiration, whatever your intended use.
With spin shoes available at a wide range of price points to suit all different needs, don’t feel guilty about investing in the best shoes you can afford. Once you start riding a stationary bike with a pair of cleated shoes, you’ll be overjoyed at the difference it makes to your performance.
Invest in yourself and in your favorite hobby and let us know how you get on if you choose any of the spin shoes we shortlist today.
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