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Shimano RC100 Road Shoes

Pushing pedals is comfier with the best cheap cycling shoes you can buy

by John Stevenson

UPDATED Thu, Nov 25, 2021 14:11

First Published Mar 14, 2021

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Looking for the best cheap cycling shoes? Welcome to our guide to the best SPD and road cycling shoes for under £70.

  • Shoes with stiff soles and soles that accommodate clipless pedals start around £30

  • Choose between mountain bike-style ('SPD') walkable shoes with a recessed pocket for the cleat and racier shoes that put the cleat on the outside of the sole

  • Race-style shoes are stiffer for better power-transmission, mountain bike-style shoes have more flexible shoes for walking

  • Most cheap cycling shoes use laces or Velcro straps to close them

Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc’s buyer's guide to inexpensive cycling shoes in which you’ll find everything you need to know to find the right sensibly-priced shoes for you, plus our pick of the best cycling shoes under £70.

Deals on shoes come and go as models come to an end and distributors clear excess stock, so if you're reading this a few weeks after it was updated they might be gone. Try these links for shoes under £70:
Wiggle
Chain Reaction Cycles
ProBikeKit
Tredz
Merlin Cycles road shoes & SPD shoes

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The best cheap cycling shoes

  • Cheap SPD shoes
    • Triban RC 100 road shoes — £34.99
    • Muddyfox Tour 100 Low Cycling Shoes — £37.99
    • Triban RC 500 — £44.99 - £49.99
    • Giro Berm — £63.99
  • Cheap road shoes
    • Shimano RC100 — £53.99
    • Northwave Core Road Shoes — £49.99
    • dhb Dorica — £40.00
    • Shimano RP1 — £39.99
    • Muddyfox RBS100 shoes — £37.99
    • Van Rysel 500 road shoes — £49.99

Cycling shoes have stiffer soles than, say, trainers or running shoes, which makes them more comfortable to pedal in. You can pay hundreds of pounds for high-tech shoes with carbon fibre soles, but you can get perfectly usable shoes for under £70.

As Mat Brett discusses at length in our article covering everything you need to know about cycling shoes, there are broadly two types of cycling shoes: road racing style and SPD/mountain bike style.

SPD/mountain bike style shoes have a small cleat (a special stud) recessed into the sole. They're easier to walk in than road racing shoes and because the pedals are usually double-sided they're easier to get into. They're the way to go if you want to get started with clipless pedals.

Road racing shoes have stiff, smooth soles with threaded holes for a cleat that stands proud from the shoe and fits into the attachment mechanism on a matching pedal. They're efficient and secure, but there's a learning curve to getting in to the usually single-sided pedals and the shoes are hard to walk in.

Let's see what we can find by way of shoe bargains.

Cheap SPD shoes

Triban RC 100 road shoes — £34.99

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These from French-based sport store chain Decathlon look like a bargain entry point when it comes cheap cycling shoes. They're billed as road shoes, but have a two-bolt mounting for mountain bike-style cleats, so you'll be able to walk in them easily.

Muddyfox Tour 100 Low Cycling Shoes — £37.99

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Just under forty quid is the starting price for cycling shoes and these from Sports Direct brand Muddyfox are typical of what you'll find. You get a padded mesh fabric body, with laces and Velcro strap to cover the knot and lace ends and a cushioned heel outsole for walking.

Triban RC 500 — £44.99 - £49.99

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The latest shoes from Decathlon, these have a two-bolt sole for mountain bike style cleats so you can walk in them easily. They look just the job for touring, commuting and even club runs. They're also available in all black, or with blue or red in place of orange.

Giro Berm — £63.99

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A shoe that seems to have lots of happy users, with reviewers citing the roomy toebox and stiff-but-not-too-stiff sole as advantages for one and off bike use.

Cheap road shoes

Shimano RC100 — £53.99

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Straightforward synthetic leather shoes from Shimano with a three-strap closure and a fibreglass-reinforced sole set up for three-bolt cleats such as Shimano's own SPD-SL system and Look, among others.

Northwave Core Road Shoes — £49.99

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Carbon-fibre reinforced soles for stiffness and low weight are very nice things to find on shoes that cost under £60 a pair. Northwave has been making cycling shoes for literally decades so these three-strap shoes may be entry-level but they won't be low-rent.

dhb Dorica — £40.00

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Lace-up road shoes are achingly trendy and practical too thanks to the ability to fine-tune the tension right across your foot. The synthetic upper is well assembled, the stitching feels quality and the overall impression is of a more expensive shoe. There are many ventilation holes along the top, and muted dhb logos side and rear.

This road version will take SPD cleats, but there's a version with a proper walkable SPD sole for the same money.

Read our review of the dhb Dorica shoes

Shimano RP1 — £39.99

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Owners seem very happy with their RP1 shoes, praising the fit, comfort, sole stiffness and faff-free two-strap closure. The sole gets its stiffness from fibreglass reinforcement and there's a reflective patch on the back for visibility. They're compatible with two-bolt SPD and three-bolt Look-style cleats.

Muddyfox RBS100 shoes — £37.99

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These budget road shoes from Muddyfox are available in a white and black colour scheme and have a three-strap closure, with a very broad strap across the top to spread the tension over your foot, and Amazon reviewers say the sole is plenty stiff. For just £38, they do the job.

Van Rysel 500 road shoes — £49.99

With a fibreglass-reinforced nylon sole and classic trio of Velcro straps, these road shoes from Decathlon look to be very good value. They'll take either three-bolt cleats or two-bolt SPD cleats.

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John Stevenson

Johnhas been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founderTony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Sriracha | 3 years ago

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"Buy [shoes] now from Decathlon" gets you one of these:
RC500 WOMEN'S WATERPROOF CYCLING JACKET - BLACK

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TheBillder | 3 years ago

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9 pairs described. 0 of them tested. I find great value in your reviews, so it would be very interesting if you could look more at the cheaper kit in general. I know the commercials might be tricky for more obscure cheap kit, but surely Shimano, Wiggle, Decathlon etc could be persuaded to provide review samples.

Perhaps it would be possible to do an eBay or Amazon special across a few products as well.

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Sriracha replied to TheBillder | 3 years ago

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Especially when they claim they are "10 of the best". How do they know?

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dooderooni | 4 years ago

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Regarding the Dorica's, I bought a pair of the carbon soled road shoes and after 500km or so I'm a big fan. I find them really comfortable though I do think people with wide feet might not agree with me. They look great on the bike tooBest cheap cycling shoes 2024 — get road or mountain bike shoes for under £70 (18)

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leaway2 | 4 years ago

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I can't understand why retailers don't show the underside of cycling shoes. This has to be just as important as the top, perhaps more so!

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Lefty | 4 years ago

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Looking to buyany ofshimano rp1, rp2, rp3. Ialways wear 10.5 US. But when i re-measured my foot, it’s 10.5 inches (27 cm.) which is size 10 US. What fitsme best, 45 or 46? I’ve read that you need to go a size up with shimanos.

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Cam77 | 5 years ago

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such a pity that the BTwin shoes only cater up to size 11/46. Most other makes now cater up to and beyond size 14 so why wont they?

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Zebra | 5 years ago

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Alexb:My only criticism is that the tongue presses on my foot a bit at the front of the shoe, but I'm expecting that, as the padding beds in, this will disappear,

I found the same thing with my DHB Aerons. I has improved with wear, but the biggest improvement was after I started listening to my coach's advice, and dropping my heels instead of riding very toe-down.

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alexb | 5 years ago

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I've done a few 100km+ rides wearing the new dhb Dorica lace-up shoes (I'm using the ones with the MTB sole). In my opinion Wiggle missed a trick as they should have been marketing these for Audaxers or "Gravel Riders", these are great shoes at a really good price point. They're not overly stiff, but as a result, "hike a bike" or walking is reasonably comfortable and the cleats are fully protected. My white shoes have a few scuffs and dirt on them, but have cleaned up OK and look great on the bike.

My only criticism is that the tongue presses on my foot a bit at the front of the shoe, but I'm expecting that, as the padding beds in, this will disappear,

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Zebra | 5 years ago

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I have the DHB aeron carbons, and I'm happy with them. They are a big size, as Wiggle say on thier website, so most people will need to go a size down. My existing shoes were 43 and a bit tight, so I stuck with 43 and the fit in the aerons is good. My only criticism is that the inners offer no support at all to the instep of the foot - they are very flat. I have just ordered some superfeet carbon inners to go in them, which I am hoping will provide some more support on longer rides.

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BetterNever | 5 years ago

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Mavic Aksium II aren't 2-bolt SPD compatible, they only take 3-bolts.

The tour versions of the Aksium and Ksyrium shoes are, but they seem to have stopped making them, annoyingly as they're pretty much my go-to shoes - decent road shoes that work properly with 2-bolt SPDs and have enough of a tread that you can actually walk with them. I've yet to find anything as good.

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Markus | 5 years ago

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Thx

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mtbtomo | 5 years ago

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Louis Garneau at Evans have a few lace up versions below £100

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Markus | 5 years ago

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Any suggestions for cheap shoes with laces only? For the vintage ride.

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Jimthebikeguy.com replied to Markus | 5 years ago

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Markus wrote:

Any suggestions for cheap shoes with laces only? For the vintage ride.

Dhb make a lace up own brand shoe.

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JohnnyEnglish replied to Markus | 5 years ago

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Markus wrote:

Any suggestions for cheap shoes with laces only? For the vintage ride.

Shimano RT4.

http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/gl/fw/products/explorer/18ss_003rt4...

Widely available for under £70. Road.cc did a test on the velcro counterparts, the RT5 - review athttp://road.cc/content/tech-news/227112-first-look-shimano-rt5-road-shoe...

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mdava | 5 years ago

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I own one pair of bike shoes - the cheap(ish) Nike ones that I bought in 2003. The velcro closures on each shoe came adrift at differnet times, and each was replaced at the local cobblers for a few quid.AdmittedlyI am a leisure riderbut apart from years with a significant injury do about 5,000km a year,all year round.

Perhaps I should treat myself to a new pair this summer?

Interestingly, they came as a package with some Look delta pedals. I have been through four sets of pedals in the lifetime of the shoes (Cheap Deltas made of plastic wore out, second pair of Deltas got to the point of chronic, uncurable squeaking, switched to SPD-SLs and left the first pair behind on an overseas visit so replaced them with the same).

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Jetmans Dad | 6 years ago

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In the interests of fairness, I did exactly the same, and my first pair of Tour 100s lasted well over 2 years, and I was so pleased with them I bought another pair to replace them when they wore out. That second pair is now reaching the end of its useful life (again 2 years or so later) and I will likely get another as they have given me not trouble and no reason to look elsewhere.

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ClubSmed | 6 years ago

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Muddyfox Tour 100 Low Cycling Shoes were what I bought when I wanted to try clipping in but did not want to spend a lot of money to find out it wasn't for me. These shoes lasted just long enough for me to find out that it was for me (2 weeks). Completely false economy, I then got the shimano ones that were £15more and they are still going strong 2 years later (they are refusing to die and I really want to start wearing the new shoes I bought).

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FAQs

Can I use road shoes for mountain biking? ›

I'm assuming both bikes have clipless pedals. If so, you can but it's usually not a good idea. Mountain biking often includes some hike-a-bike and road shoes normally have exposed cleats, making them difficult to walk in. This would be especially true if the trail involves riding over large rocks.

Are mountain bike shoes the same as road bike shoes? ›

Soles: Bike shoe soles are made from hard nylon or lightweight carbon fiber on premium models. Road bike shoes are designed to be as stiff as possible for efficient power transfer to the pedals and aren't built for walking. Mountain bike shoes have additional tread for walking short distances off the bike.

What are the best shoes to wear when mountain biking? ›

Comparison Table
MTB SHOETREELINE AWARDBEST USES
Crankbrothers Stamp Boa (Men's/ Unisex)Best Trail Flat Read whyTrail
Five Ten Freerider Pro (Men's) (Women's)Best Downhill Flat Read whyEnduro, Trail, Downhill
Giro Empire VR90 (Men's) (Women's)Best Overall Clipless and Best Cross-Country Read whyCross-Country
13 more rows

Is it better to size up or down in cycling shoes? ›

It's suggested to size up if you're between sizes, it's important ot keep in mind cycling shoes are intended to wrap snuggly around the foot. Similar to how running shoes are created to help keep you comfortable and enhance performance, bike shoes were also designed with a specific purpose in mind as well: pedaling.

Is it OK to wear trail shoes on the road? ›

Because of the softer rubber, wearing trail-running shoes on the road, where they will regularly pound and rub on hard pavement, can wear the soles out more quickly than if you stick to the softer surface of a trail.

What is the difference between road and mountain bike cleats? ›

Road cleats on a MTB off road are less fun. They have poor grip so if you have to put a foot down for any reason, that foot may skate away over rocks, or catch in vegetation, or generally not help you. Conversely, MTB cleats on a MTB off road is ideal, with lots of foot tread to work better as a shoe.

Do road bike shoes make a difference? ›

Good quality cycling shoes can have a huge impact on the quality of your ride and how much you enjoy it. The shoes you wear while cycling help you pedal more effectively and comfortably, for a better and safer overall ride.

Should road bike shoes be tight or loose? ›

Cycling shoe fit

Good cycling shoes are stiff, snug, and supportive. Unlike running shoes, a roomy forefoot isn't necessary since the foot does not roll forward while pedaling. About 1.5 cm of toe room should be plenty. Stiff soles and snug shoes stabilize the foot, but they should not be so tight that they pinch.

Do I need special shoes for road bike? ›

Nearly everyone starts off riding in their sneakers, but if you find yourself heading out for longer rides or training for events, you'll want to look into shoes designed just for cycling. Cycling-specific shoes will help you stay more comfortable and perform your best on the bike.

Are there special shoes for mountain biking? ›

Clipless or flat.

There are two main types of mountain biking shoes available. Flat shoes are easy to walk in if you're hopping on and off your bike. They offer a strong grip on the outer sole and are made from tough, stiff outer materials.

Do you need special shoes for mountain biking? ›

Of course, you can ride a mountain bike with any shoes, but your performance and experience will be limited. So, to really make the most of your time on the bike, a pair of mountain bike shoes are necessary for many reasons. In this article, we'll cover why wearing mountain bike shoes is worth it.

Should my toes touch the end of my cycling shoes? ›

A few millimetres of space in front of the big toes in the cycling shoe is completely sufficient. If the shoe is too long, the cleats cannot be mounted biomechanically. The result is a loss of power transmission.

Should you wear socks with cycling shoes? ›

Cycling shoes should be stiff and snug for efficient pedaling, so it's important that socks integrate with bike shoes and don't compromise the fit with protrusive seams and padding. Bike socks are made from synthetic materials and merino wool rather than cotton. These materials are thin, lightweight, and extra soft.

What happens if my cycling shoes are too big? ›

Issues such as burning foot or numbness can be symptoms of a cycling shoe worn too big. Important to note is that trying on a shoe and walking about in the store isn't going to replicate the pressures experienced while seated and pedalling on the bike.

Do you need certain shoes for mountain biking? ›

The toe box of mountain bike shoes is much stiffer than ordinary shoes. This is important as it helps protect your toes from strikes or in the event of a crash, without restricting your range of movement while riding.

Can you mountain bike in skate shoes? ›

Skate shoes, or other sneakers, despite being flat soled, are not particularly well suited to riding mountain bikes.

Are walking shoes good for mountain biking? ›

For MTB, if you're not clipped in, a reasonably thick or stiff sole is good. In many ways I like my cross-country running shoes on the MTB, because they grip the pedals well and drain freely if I ride through deep water.

Are flat shoes better for mountain biking? ›

Running or hiking shoes will work on flat pedals, but special shoes meant for mountain biking are recommended because they tend to be stiffer, more supportive underfoot and have soles made of grippy rubber with a special tread pattern designed to grip the pins.

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