The notion of cheap cycling shoes might, to some, feel like hypocrisy, especially because the best cycling shoes nowadays are anything but cheap.
As with anything, when the price decreases, so does the quality of the materials and ultimately, the performance of the product, but you might not need a hyper-stiff carbon fibre sole on your cycling shoes.
When searching Google for ‘cheap’ anything, you’re probably not intending on finding badly made, poor quality products. What you want is good value for money, or the best product within budget constraints. Therefore below, we outline a few picks of cheap cycling shoes, as well as a roundup of the best deals, all with the aim of helping you get a little bit more for your money.
Just be careful, while simple in concept, cycling shoes are meticulously scrutinised in operation. Comfort is king but it’s closely followed by stiffness, weight and even style.
Style is easy to gauge from pictures alone, weight is a simple numerical comparison, and stiffness is comparable to a point but comfort is difficult, especially when shopping online. Cycling shoes are far from an inexpensive proposition, so to cycle (pun very much intended) through five pairs of cycling shoes (even cheap ones) to find a comfortable pair can be a costly endeavour.
Cycling shoes are a personal choice for cyclists of all abilities. Quite commonly, due to the comfort requirement, even professional riders are given the freedom to make their own decision on shoes. You’ll commonly see Chris Froome wearing Sidi shoes, alongside Geraint Thomas sporting Fizik. They might not have to pay for theirs, but the likelihood is that you do, so scroll down to take advantage of our roundup of the cycling shoes deals available today.
Was £85.00 | Now £55.00
With a couple of colours available, Leisure Lakes has these budget shoes available at just £55.00 in a range of sizes. If you’re a road cyclist after a pair of durable, comfortable shoes, look no further. View Deal
Was £124.99 | Now £94.99
There are only two sizes available here, but they include EU sizes 37 and 39. Also, it’s limited to a single colour of navy/pink. View Deal
Was £229.99 | Now £129.99
These lightweight MTB shoes are available in three colours and sizes that range from EU40 to 48. They’re a mountain bike shoe, so you’re getting SPD compatibility. A lightweight shoe that will be great for gravel, summer XC or ‘cross racing. View Deal
Giro Empire ACC – Women’s | 40% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was £259.99 | Now £154.99
These are only available in limited sizes, but if the boot fits, then you can get a great deal on these black and pink lace-up shoes. View Deal
Giro Trans BOA | 22% off at Tredz
Was £179.99 | From £139.99
Sizes for the Giro Trans Boa range from EU41 to 47, and there are a choice of three colours which include Black, Red/Black, and White/Black. Most of them are £139.99, but you won’t pay more than £149.99. View Deal
Shimano RP9 Road Shoe | 35% off at Rutland Cycling
Was £219.19 | Now £142.99
Rutland Cycling has these shoes in 39, 40, or 47 across two colours. If you wanted sizes 44, 45 or 46, you can still get these shoes at Leisure Lakes, but you’ll pay a bit more. View Deal
Specialized Torch 3.0 | Up to 30% off at Tredz
Was £210.00 | Now from £147.00
There’s not a complete size run in each colour, but between the three colours there’s a shoe that’ll fit everyone. All of which get a saving of 30%. View Deal
Giro Empire E70 Knit | 30% off at Tredz
Was £199.99 | From £155.00
These knit shoes would be perfect for indoor cycling, thanks to their improved ventilation. There are four sizes available: 40. 41, 43 and 44, however only the size 41 gets the best price. All others are at £169.99. There are two colours on offer, which include black and grey/yellow.View Deal
Fizik R5 Tempo Powerstrap | 30% off at Jenson USA
Was $119.99 | Now $64.99
Choose from four colours (black, white, red, navy) and sizing from 36, 37 and 37.5. All of which see 46% off. View Deal
dhb Dorica Road Shoe | 25% off at Wiggle USA
Was $100.00 | Now $75.00
With a choice of black, white, grey or Autumn Glory (orange), and sizing from EU40 – EU48, there will be a pair of shoes here to match the majority of our wants and needs. View Deal
Shimano SH-RT400 | 25% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $120.00| Now $89.97
In a grey/mint colourway, the SH-RT400 is a women’s cycling shoe available in EU36, 37, 42, 43 and 44. With a quarter off, this entry-level women’s shoe is now just $89.97. View Deal
Giro Empire ACC | 65% off at Jenson USA
Was $300.00 | Now $104.99
If the previous Giro Empire ACC deal doesn’t have your size, there’s still a great deal on the Empire ACC shoes, with the silver option having sizes ranging from EU39 to 44.5. View Deal
Pearl Izumi V5 | 31% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $160.00 | Now $109.99
With a red and black colourway, the Pearl Izumi V5 is available in select sizes ranging from EU40 to EU47. Retention is actioned via a BOA dial which operates a central lace-like system across the forefoot. View Deal
Fizik Aria R3 | 40% off at Jenson USA
Was $299.95 | Now from $179.99
Sizes are limited to EU40.5 at Jenson. However, if you want sizes EU37, 40.5, 45.5, 46, 46.5 or 48, head to Competitive Cyclist.View Deal
Shimano RP9 | 30% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $300.00 | Now from $209.97
With availability spanning three colours and a full spectrum of sizing, there’s sure to be something here for all of us. White gets the biggest discount, but you won’t pay more than $224.99.View Deal
Best budget cycling shoes
Best for beginners
Cleats: Two-bolt, three-bolt | Retention: Boa, Velcro | Sole material: 85% Nylon, 15% Fibreglass
Two and three-bolt cleat compatibility
Only two colours to choose from
With its two- and three-bolt cleat compatibility, the Circuit shoes from Bontrager are great for beginners who might prefer the easier clipless action of two-bolt SPD pedals (mountain bike) vs the more secure hold of three-bolt SPD-SL (road).
The two colour choices might be a little limited, but both offer a stylish aesthetic at what is a reasonably affordable price point. The fibreglass-and-nylon-mix sole will offer a combination of comfort and stiffness, and the velcro strap combines with a Boa L6 dial to provide a secure, yet comfortable fit.
Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5
Best for style
Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Velcro | Sole material: Carbon reinforced nylon
Comfortable multi-wrap velcro
Only two colours to choose from
Trickling technology down from the type of shoes worn by Fizik’s sponsored team Movistar, the Tempo Powerstrap R5 shoes offer a great deal of that premium aesthetic at a surprisingly affordable price. Looks aren’t everything though, so it’s reassuring to know that, thanks to the wrap-over velcro straps, the Fizik shoes are super comfortable for most foot shapes.
These cheap cycling shoes are anything but cheap when it comes to build quality, and the only shoe in this lineup to use carbon fibre in the sole, it’s unsurprising to see the Fizik shoes tip the scales at just 255 grams. Not the lightest here, but not far off.
There are four colours to choose from, and sizes range from a dainty EU36 to a plenty-big-enough EU48.
Mavic Cosmic Boa
Best for light weight
Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass
Weight of 250g (claimed)
All four colours are nice
Tipping the scales at a meagre 250 grams, the Cosmic Boa is a lightweight, narrow shoe with a well-ventilated sole and a breathable upper.
Retention is actioned by a single L6 Boa dial, which operates a lace-like closure across the forefoot for increased comfort. This comfort is complemented by an Ortholite insole and a roomier toe-box to prevent squashed toes.
The outsole is constructed from a mix of nylon and fibreglass, which combine to offer a comfortable platform without a loss of power transfer.
Available in four colours to satisfy all style requirements.
Best for comfort
Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass
Weight of 250g (claimed)
Lots of cleat adjustability
Shimano really knows how to make a great pair of cycling shoes. The Japanese components brand may be better known for its groupsets, but it came out on top of our recent gravel shoes grouptest, and received a strong 4.5 stars in our recent Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes review.
The RC5 features plenty of trickle-down technology from the upper echelons of the range including a Boa dial and Velcro strap for closure, the highly adjustable cleat positioning, and specifically placed padding for improved comfort.
Specialized Torch 1.0
Best for stiffness
Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Injection-molded nylon
Body Geometry comfort considerations
Makers of some of the most popular shoes in the WorldTour and amateur scenes, Specialized sure knows what it’s doing when it comes to footwear. The Torch 1.0 road shoes offer an injection moulded sole for increased stiffness and efficient power transfer. The Boa dial is paired with a velcro strap like a few of the other shoes featured here, and the heel cup features reflective detailing for increased low-light safety.
Rated at 6/15 on the stiffness index, the Torch 1.0 shoes are plenty responsive when it comes to jumping on the pedals, yet the slight flex and Body Geometry sole and footbeds will combine to offer increased comfort for longer days.
The older Torch 1.0 shoes – which feature three velcro straps instead of the Boa dial – are still sparsely available, often with huge discounts, so if you’re not sold on the Boa dial for retention, a discount might be available.
Looking for more than shoes in the cycling sales?
If you’re shopping for something specific and haven’t found it here, don’t worry, Cyclingnews has loads of great cycling buying advice. We also have a number of deals roundups, where you can find deals on road bikes, e-bikes, helmets, turbo trainers and more: