Sidi Swift AirEditor's Choice Under
- Performance Carbon Sole
- Great Quality and Durability
- Recessed Cleats
Peral iZumiEditor's Choice Under
- Breathable Mesh Upper Part
- SPD and Look Compatible
- Affordable Price
By Fitnosia Team: Updated in 2021
Indoor cycling is a different joy from riding out on the road or mountain track. However, it is a great way to stay fit and active without having to leave your home. Whether you have just bought your first indoor spin bike, upgraded your pedals, or need to replace your current shoes, you have found the right article to help you find the best spin shoes for men. If you are new to indoor cycling, do not worry. This article will help you make sense of all the jargon and guide you to make an informed decision.
It can be tempting for seasoned cyclists to try to use the same shoes that you cycle outside in. However, you quickly realize that they are far too smelly and dirty to be in the house or spin studio. Your next pair of cycling shoes should be comfortable, compatible with your favorite cleats, and aid your performance to help you achieve your fitness goals. Here is the list of the best indoor spin shoes for men.
|1||Sidi Swift Air Carbon Shadow Shoes||Carbon||Straps||SPD (2-Bolt)||Not Included||Politex|
|2||PEARL IZUMI Select Road V5 Studio||Synthetic||Velcro||2-Bolt & 3-Bolt||Not Included||Mesh|
|3||Fizik R5 Cycling Tempo Shoe||Nylon||Velcro||3-Bolt||Not Included||Microtex|
|4||Giro Republic R Knit||Nylon||Laces||SPD (2-Bolt)||Not Included||Xnetic Knit|
|5||Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4||Nylon & Rubber||Velcro||SPD (2-Bolt)||Not Included||Synthetic Leather|
|6||Giro Men's Road Shoes||Carbon||Laces||3-Bolt||Not Included||Evofiber Synthetic|
|7||SHIMANO SH-RP301 LSG Series||Synthetic||Velcro||3-Bolt||Not Included||Synthetic Leather|
|8||SHIMANO SH-RP301 LSG Series||Nylon||BOA||2-Bolt & 3-Bolt||Not Included||Mesh|
|9||Triseven Premium||Fiberglass||Velcro||2-Bolt & 3-Bolt||Not Included||Synthetic & Mesh|
The Swift Air Carbon Shadow Indoor Cycling Shoes are stylish and well built at an affordable price. You get the option of white or black, depending on what style you prefer. They come with 2-bolt compatibility only, so you can only use these indoor cycling shoes if your spin bike has SPD pedals.
They are a slim design similar that road bike shoes. This makes them look sporty and sleek on your feet. The upper part of the shoes is made of Politex, which is highly breathable, perfect for spinning cycling shoes.
These indoor spinning shoes for men come with a ‘competition sole,’ which basically means that they are firm and light. Exactly what you need when you are trying to hit your PB during a sprint or beat your mates on the last leg of your Zwift ride.
Surprisingly affordable considering how much thought has gone into making these men’s cycling shoes for spinning. The Velcro closure system is easy to tighten and undo without feeling loose while you are busy spinning the pedals.
The PEARL IZUMI Men’s Select Road V5 Studio Cycling shoes take all that was right with a road bike shoe and upgrade it to be better suited to be more comfortable spin shoes. Although they may look like a bog-standard road cycling shoe, they are anything but.
These spin shoes come with anti-microbial upper mesh that is not only more breathable but it helps to resist odor-causing bacteria and fungus. Any man who has spent a long time cycling indoors will appreciate it, especially if you are in a spin class and not the comfort of your own home.
In addition to the mesh on the upper part of the shoe, these spinning shoes have added ventilation holes on the sole for enhanced breathability. This is a really nice touch when you do not have to worry about your feet getting wet (from the outside).
Thanks to the added breathability providing additional comfort when you do not have any wind to keep you cool, these are some of the best shoes for a spin class for men. They come with three velcro straps for added stability and compatibility, with both 2 and 3 bolt cleats making them one of the top spin shoes for men.
Fizik is renowned for making top quality men’s cycling shoes. The Tempo Powerstrap range is a great indoor spin shoe for men. Thanks to its slim design, innovative closure system, and lightweight design.
The Powerstrap system wraps the shoes around the whole of your feet using a velcro system. This ensures that your cycling shoes are tight all the way down your foot and you are not putting too much pressure on your ankle. It also gives a lot more adjustability than most indoor cycling shoes.
The strong nylon composited outsole is firm and delivers the perfect balance between pedaling efficiency and comfort. The top of the shoes has several little ventilation holes, but they are not quite as effective as mesh at letting your feet breathe.
There is no denying that these are some stylish cycling shoes that will help you look like a pro when you turn up to your next spin class. Despite their incredible comfort and adjustability, there are better and more affordable indoor cycling shoes that are more suitable for indoor cycling.
There is no denying that as far as men’s cycling shoes for spinning goes, these look awesome. Thanks to Giro’s unique Xnetic Nit upper, these shoes look stylish while still helping you perform at your best.
The Giro Republic R Knit men’s indoor cycling shoes are unique thanks to their laced up closing design. The laces are easy to tuck into the mouth of the shoe, which is good, as you do not want to get them caught up in the drivetrain.
Thanks to their injected nylon outsole, these shoes are great at transferring your power directly to the flywheel with no lost energy. These shoes are lightweight and very breathable, thanks to their unique knitted design.
They may not be cheap, but if you are looking for stylish men’s shoes for a spin class, these are a great option. Although they only have 2-bolt compatibility, these are some of the lightest and highest performing indoor men’s cycling shoes you can get.
Another entry here from Fizik, you were warned, these guys know how to make quality cycling shoes for men (and women). The Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 Shoes are designed for gravel biking and off-roading.
These are designed to combine the road bike style shoes with the suppleness and flexibility required when cycling off-road. For that reason, these are some of the most comfortable men’s spin shoes available.
They still make use of the Powerstrap design, which may not allow for micro-adjustments, but it does mean that you can tighten and fit the shoe precisely to the shape and size of your feet. Also, the x4 nylon outsole is not quite as stiff as the Fizik R5 Cycling Tempo Shoe. Resulting in a slightly more comfortable and forgiving ride, especially if you are doing a long indoor cycling training session.
Although these shoes were created for the great outdoors, they have many benefits that make them good spin shoes. The rubber tread that protects the 2-bolt cleats and slightly more flexible sole is perfect for walking, so you can happily wear these on your way to a spin class without being uncomfortable.
These are modern-day classics. The Empire ACC from Giro are performance orientated road shoes. However, for the same reasons they are so popular on the road, these make excellent men’s spinning shoes.
The iconic laced closure that Giro shoes offer allows you to tighten and wrap the shoes tightly to achieve a perfect fit for your feet. The full carbon sole of the Empire ACC shoes makes them stiff and super lightweight, perfect for keeping up with the best during a spin class.
One of the best features of these iconic cycling shoes (that is really useful for indoor cycling) is the premium EvoFiber breathable microfiber upper. Without the need for lots of mesh or vents, these high-quality premium indoor cycling shoes allow your feet to breathe, even while cycling for an extended period indoors.
They are not cheap, but if you are looking for high-performance bike shoes for spinning, they are worth the investment no matter the price tag. For the average cyclist, the performance-enhancing features included in these shoes may be wasted. However, if you are already very fit and want a pair of indoor spinning shoes that can help you level up your fitness and performance, then these are perfect.
Shimano makes the most popular cleats, making sense that they also have some incredible indoor cycling shows to offer cyclists. The SH-RP301 LSG Series cycling shoes are high-performance shoes at a fraction of the price of more fashionable brands such as Giro and Fizik.
These shoes were created for the everyday cyclist. The breathable synthetic leather upper and super low profile makes them good spin shoes. These also come with a buckle at the top of the shoe, which allows you to make micro-adjustments, enabling you to find the perfect fit.
You also have the option to get these shoes in a specific wide fit. A nice touch, as a lot of cycling shoes have a very narrow design, making these the best spin shoes for wide feet.
If you are not too concerned about the aesthetics and just want a high performing pair of indoor spinning shoes, these Shimano’s cycling shoes have a lot to offer. The addition of vents on the front of the sole is a really nice touch, especially during extreme efforts.
These Premium Microtex Shoes are very affordable and surprisingly effective for indoor cycling. Not only do they help you to build up and maintain speed (as the shoe tells you), but they are also very breathable, making them great shoes for a spinning class.
The upper of this shoe is lightweight and breathable. The foam padding effectively absorbs and wicks away sweat, with the vents on the soles helping to promote airflow to keep your feet cool.
They come in a range of colors and designs. However, one staple is the word “Speed” on the shoe’s back and the single velcro strap. The rotating buckle at the top of the shoes is a nice touch for a pair of cycling shoes at this price. It allows for easy micro-adjustments to the fit mid-ride.
Although you get a choice of several colors, it is a bit annoying that the word “Speed” is plastered all over these cycling shoes. If you are someone that lets their actions speak louder than words, then maybe these are not for you. However, if you do not mind having the pressure of proving your shoes were right during a spin class, these are very good and affordable indoor cycling shoes.
To round off the list of the best indoor spin shoes for men, we have a pair of Triseven premium cycling shoes. They have some features to help make them perfect for a triathlon. However, many of these features also make them great indoor cycling shoes.
Firstly, they are ultralightweight, thanks to the carbon sole and breathable mesh upper. This mesh upper also makes them very effective at keeping your feet cool. The system is there to allow airflow from the front of the shoe and out the back.
These cycling shoes are supportive without being restrictive. They have a velcro closure system, with a large tab at the top, making them easy to tighten and secure (even while cycling). The loop at the back is also useful to pull the shoes on, even if you are not against the clock to get on your indoor bike.
The main reason why these are such great indoor cycling shoes is their breathability. It is super important that your shoes allow your feet to breathe while doing a spin class or training at home. If you are training for a triathlon, using these shoes on your indoor bike trainer beforehand is an excellent way of getting used to them before race day.
The best indoor cycling shoes for men need to work with you to help keep you cool. Cycling in a spin studio or at home is not the same as feeling the wind against your face on the open road. You need to look at what type of ventilation and materials the upper part and sole of the cycling shoes are. One of the most effective methods to increase airflow is several mesh patches on the shoe’s upper part. When combined with vents in the sole, it creates an airflow that will help keep your feet cooler and sweat less.
Be mindful that many cycling shoes designed for traditional use on bikes outside will not have the same focus on breathability. That is not to say that road cycling shoes are worthless during an indoor cycling session. But be aware that the cycling shoes that have made the list have been chosen thanks to their unique and innovative ways of keeping your feet cool, even when there is no wind.
If your spin bike does not already have the right pedals for your favorite type of cleats, do not settle for second best. Get yourself some new pedals for your indoor bike (check out – Best Spin Bike Pedals – for some inspiration).
You have the choice of 2 or 3 bolt cleat systems. If you want, Look Delta, SPD and SPD-SL shoes for spinning, you need to choose a cycling shoe with both cleat configurations. This is an important purchasing factor as you do not want to be left riding something that you do not enjoy. Buying cycling shoes that have the option to have both gives you some freedom. Especially if you have a spin bike at home and will be going to the spin studio. You do not want to have to buy two separate pairs of shoes.
There is little evidence to suggest 2-bolt (SPD) or 3-bold (SPD-SL) are any more effective in terms of performance. It is down to personal preference. You will generally find that 3-bolt cleats feel a bit more secure and allow for less float while spinning. However, that does not necessarily mean you will be faster at turning the freewheel during your next workout.
Comfort and sizing
The most comfortable spin shoes are those that are a snug fit, allow your feet to breathe, and give you the option to loosen them slightly once you have warmed up. It is generally recommended that you buy cycling shoes ½ size smaller than you would buy in everyday shoes. However, as with any generalizations, also check out the reviews and any sizing guides included in the listing.
To summarise, when you are looking for the best spin shoes for you, you need to consider how breathable they are, the construction and firmness of the sole, and what fastening they use. There is no one size fits all. However, after extensive research and testing, the best men’s spin shoes are the PEARL IZUMI Men’s Select Road V5 Studio Cycling. Fundamentally these are cycling shoes that were made for indoor spin studios. The combination of innovative mesh and vents throughout, antimicrobial protection, and broad cleat compatibility make these the best indoor spin shoes for men.