For those who are on a budget, but still want to get quality cycling shoes, there are a number of budget options available. In this article, Cyclist reviews six of the best budget shoes on the market. The Specialized Torch 1.0 shoes are a great example of trickle down technology; the company has brought many features from the higher end of the market down to the entry level.
Vitatalpa Men’s Cycling Shoes
The Vitatalpa Men’s Cycling shoes are lightweight, quick-drying, and anti-slip. They feature an adjustable clasp and hook-and-loop straps for a snug fit. They are available in a variety of colors and are compatible with SPD-SL cleat systems.
The shoe has been redesigned with the comfort of the rider in mind. The backside of the shoe is constructed with a breathable mesh material and a thicker heel for extra safety. The shoe is available in a wide range of sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for any foot size.
Sidi Alba 2 Mega
The Sidi Alba 2 Mega women’s cycle shoes are made from a lightweight, flexible and breathable material called Politex. The material is knitted and layered for added comfort. The material is dyed to maintain its color for a long time. The shoe also resists tearing, stretching and fading. It is manufactured under strict European regulations to meet the highest standards of comfort and durability.
Sidi’s Alba 2 Mega women’s cycling shoes are made to last for long rides and deliver great performance while remaining comfortable. The carbon composite sole and Tecno 3 closure system keep your feet comfortable for an entire day in the saddle. Whether you’re pedaling on a smooth, paved road or navigating a twisting canyon road, the Sidi Alba 2 Mega cycling shoe will keep you on track.
Fit is essential. SIDI cycling shoes are designed with the cyclist in mind, so be sure to purchase the correct size. The SIDI Alba 2 Mega’s sizing chart can help you find the correct size for you. You can find this information on every SIDI product page. The size chart uses a ‘D’ width foot, but you can find half sizes if needed.
Sidi’s Soft Instep 3 Closure System is made of EVA foam and is adjustable on both sides. It distributes pressure evenly throughout the instep region and is easy to replace. Sidi’s Techno-3 System dials in fit along the length of the shoe. The proprietary heel cup design helps maintain shape longer.
Pearl Izumi Race
Pearl Izumi’s Race women’s cycling shoes are an ideal choice for serious racers who are looking for the ultimate fit and comfort. The shoes feature dual BOA closures, a women-specific design and a stiff carbon midsole for optimum pedalling comfort. They tend to run a bit small, so it’s important to buy a pair that fits properly.
The Circuit is a great shoe for road and gravel rides. The synthetic mesh and TPU upper allows for good breathability. The toe box has a split tongue for added comfort. The Circuit’s last was also improved from the previous model year. The shoe features an updated BOA dial for easy adjustments.
It has a lightweight synthetic mesh upper that allows air to circulate and helps the BOA fasten and release. The shoe also includes a padded midfoot and arch for extra comfort. This road shoe is also very durable, and is a good option for long-distance riding.
The Bontrager Circuit road cycling shoe is equal parts comfortable and stiff. It’s compatible with both two and three-bolt SPD-style cleats. It also features an internal midsole for increased ventilation. The Bontrager Circuit women’s cycling shoe also comes with a two-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.