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The Best Bike Shoes for All Your Cycling Needs

Louis Garneau Women's Jade Cycling Shoes

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Featuring high-tech performance and construction, the Garneau Jade cycling shoes are best suited for entry-level cyclists getting used to clipless riding with the SPD (2-hole) and SPD-SL (3-hole) cleat systems. This tough yet light cycling shoe is versatile, supportive, and to top it off, easier on your wallet than some pricier options. ($100;

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Pearl Izumi Women's Tri Fly V Carbon Cycling Shoes

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Increase your RPMs with the Pearl Izumi Tri Fly V—one of the lightest cycling shoes on the market that offers a patent-pending closure system for barefoot comfort without forefoot pressure and hot spots. This new model also sports improved arch support for more comfort, power, and efficiency while you hammer out your miles. ($100; (Psst: Don’t hop on your bicycle without reading this Guide to Buying the Best Cycling Shorts.) 

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Giro Women's Facet Tri Cycling Shoes

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The Giro Facet is a breathable, anti-microbial cycling shoe all triathlon junkies will love. From swim to bike or bike to run, you'll transition quickly and comfortably with the Facet Tri's adjustable arch support and looped heel pull. ($90 to $160; (These cycling accessories will also get you in gear for a better ride.)

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Lake Cycling 2015 Women's CX237-W Road Cycling Shoes

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For the competitive cyclist, the Lake Cycling CX237 is designed for you—and your feet—to handle the pressure of high-cadence riding. Slightly wider than your typical cycling shoe, this option allows your toes to spread out for optimal power transfer and comfort. ($300;

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Pearl Izumi Select RD IV Cycling Shoes

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Look and feel like a pro, whether you're clipped in or out and about. Compatible with 2-hole and 3-hole cleat systems, the versatile Pearl Izumi Select RD IV features adjustable hook-and-loop straps and cooling and drainage technology, so you can say goodbye to painful blisters and hello to fellow roadies. ($100; (P.S. Here's Why You Should Book a Front Row Bike In Spin Class

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Giro Solara II Women's Cycling Shoes

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If you're more of a recreational pedaler, the Giro Solara offers high-quality construction without the premium price tag. Benefits include reduced hot spots, increased comfort, and more efficient power from a welded and bonded upper, stiff nylon outsole and replaceable ratchet buckle. ($70 to $150;

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Pearl Izumi Race RD IV Cycling Shoes

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Upgrade to Pearl Izumi's Race RD IV, featuring the ability to adjust tightness while riding and a quick and easy release. This mid-level cycling shoe will get you from the coffee line to the finish line with flexibility and durability for a reasonable price. ($150;

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Fizik R5 UOMO BOA Road Cycling Shoes

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The highlight of the Fizik R5 UOMO BOA is its buckle—yes, its buckle!—which can be micro-adjusted from either side of the foot for a highly custom fit. What the base model lacks in stiffness it makes up for in comfort to provide a great value ideal for general and endurance rides. ($88 to $310;

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Giro Reveille Women's Cycling Shoes

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With modern styling, the Giro Reveille features a ratcheting buckle so you can make easy adjustments and replaceable walking pads to provide you with long-lasting traction and stability. When you're ready to move outdoors, clip in to its 2-bolt cleat system for a day tour through the city or a gravel road ride heading nowhere in particular. ($90; (Shoes aren’t the only key element to great cycling, check out these Rad Bikes and Cycle Gear to Enhance Your Ride.)

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