Maximize your indoor cycling class by power-pedaling with the right shoe. Here are SHAPE expert tips on how to choose a shoe for your indoor cycling workout.
•Crunch Fitness ride instructor Bethany Lyons says her favorite brands are Shimano ("great support and comfort") and Sidi ("a long-lasting shoe, also with great support”). Ruth Zukerman, co-founder of Flywheel Sports cycling studio in Manhattan, prefers Specialized shoes for their snug yet comfortable fit.
•Shoes should hold the front of your foot stable, without pinching, as you peddle.
•Make sure your toes have a little "wiggle room," as with regular shoes.
•Heels should fit snugly enough to stay in place as you go through pedal rotation. "I prefer stiffer soles, so when I push the pedals there’s less give and I can apply more force," says Karolina Starczak, personal trainer.
•Look for mesh accents on the shoe. "Because your feet sweat a lot in cycling class, it’s nice to have breathable fabric that circulates air," says Zukerman.
•Most pedals accommodate either SPD or Look cleats, sold and attached separately. SPDs are recessed into the shoe so you can walk on any surface; Look's aren’t recessed and can make walking difficult, but Zukerman finds them "more stable" for cycling.