Louis Garneau Sapphire Mountain Shoes - Women's
While we wouldn't recommend them for competitive endurance racers, the Louis Garneau women's Sapphire Shoes are more than capable of shuttling recreational mountain bikers and roadies looking to dip their toes into the trail or CX scene for some off-season cross training. The synthetic upper, mesh ventilation, and hook-and-loop straps are general across LG's road and mountain lines, but the lugged, Ergo Grip II outsole with removable studs is native only to the latter. The shoes are finished with an HRS-80 heel cup design, which keeps the foot anchored while cleaning rocky pitches.
Shimano SH-RT5 Cycling Shoe - Women's
Traditional road shoes have their place on training rides and long tarmac epics, but adventurous commuters and touring enthusiasts are usually left searching in vain for something more fitting of their ride objectives. The Shimano Women's SH-RT5 Cycling Shoes blend much-needed walkability, efficient power transfer, and comfort into an understated throwback aesthetic that turns heads at the coffee shop for all the right reasons.
Shimano fashions the RT5's upper from synthetic leather and adds three hook-and-loop straps for an easily adjustable, customizable fit. Perforations add texture to the styling while increasing ventilation on rides in warm weather. Underfoot, a glass fiber-reinforced shank stiffens the sole for effective power transfer while a full-length rubber outsole provides sure-footed grip when you dismount from your touring rig or commuter. As a final touch, reflective hits across the shoe provide 360-degree visibility as you finish evening errands around town or ride through the countryside to a dazzling sunset.
Sidi Dominator Fit Cycling Shoe - Women's
Sidi’s long-running Dominators were starting to look a little long in the tooth, by modern standards, so the Italian shoe company has refreshed them, updated the look, and kept everything you know and love about the Dominators. They still feature a nylon sole that gives just a bit to keep you feet comfortable, and they're studded with lugs that make wandering through less-than-ideal places a little bit easier.
The Dominator Fits close via Sidi’s famous Caliper Buckle and two High Security hook-and-loop straps. They’re compatible with all two-hole mountain cleats, though if you’re using Crank Brothers pedals, you’ll want to make use of the reinforcement plates that are included with the shoes.
Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch Cycling Shoe - Women's
In a world of clipless shoes, flats are often underrated. There's something about the ability to maneuver your foot around on a whim that gives not only a sense of freedom, but also control as you step off with ease, and tread ahead on foot to scope out a gnarly rock garden before diving in blindly. For those who enjoy the versatility of a flat shoe, the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch Mountain Bike Shoes make for the perfect partners in crime.
These lightweight shoes secure you into place with bonded synthetic uppers and a seamless construction for all day comfort, and lasting durability. With lace-up closure they are near futureproof, allowing you to cinch things down to the perfect fit with no risk of broken boas or ratchets, keeping you free to ride where you want with confidence. The X-Alp Launch features an EVA midsole that cushions your foot when you're off the bike, and Vibram rubber outsole that keeps your tread locked to the ground. The outsole takes it to the next level though, not just using one kind of Vibram, but two, targeting your pedaling patch with siped Vibram IdroGrip that offers near instant pedal-pin engagement to keep you secure, and Vibram MegaGrip on the toe, heel, and arch with directional chevron-shaped lugs that keep your footing secure when you hike around.
Sidi Trace Cycling Shoe - Women's
It's hard to beat hanging out at your local trail network and hammering out rolling miles of single track, but there's no doubt a challenge when you're doing it in unsupportive shoes that flex under your pedal stroke. Fortunately Sidi has that covered, with a huge array of ultra-stiff soled shoes designated for the dirt, and the Sidi Trace Cycling Shoe for Women is a pair that fits the bill. The Trace Cycling Shoes come equipped with the new MTB RS17 sole that increases stiffness without adding weight to the mix, so you can hammer out the climbs, and push to the podium on race day without flex and give that leaves you feeling squirly on the pedals.
The new MTB RS17 sole is lighter than previous SIDI MTB Soles, with a stiff nylon construction that features targeted polyurethane inserts to elevate stiffness. The sole shape is tapered specifically for mountain biking, with a little extra width in the forefoot, and assorted lugs for reliable grip when you're on foot. The toe area uses a replaceable tread, since it's the area most prone to wear and tear, and also features the ability to mount crampons, so you can elevate your grip when you hit the local cyclocross race and encounter more than just a smattering of mud.
Wrapping your foot up snugly on top is Sidi's Politex material —a burly fabric constructed by overlapping several layers of different materials, harnessing their strengths into one piece, and compacting PVC to the layers for a smooth, long lasting finish. Politex is film dyed, ensuring longer lasting color that won't fade after a summer in the sun, so your kicks stay as fresh as the day you bought them. Politex fabric is designed to resist laceration, ripping, stretching, and fading, and even hits the marks for European Green Standards, ensuring that the product is totally green, and less harmful to the environment where we spin our legs.
Topping it all off, your feet will stay secure thanks to the two hook-and-loop straps that secure your toe and arch, plus a reliable Tecno-3 buckle up top that cinches down millimeter by millimeter to dial in the perfect fit for you. The Tecno-3 system involves two ratcheting dials, Sidi's proprietary, non-stretch wire, and a customizable fit at the instep and forefoot.The heel locks your ankle into place, too, with its Tallone Sidi heel cup, that reinforces the area with protection from trail debris, and prevents deformation from extreme riding or prolonged pressure.
Shimano SH-ME3 Cycling Shoe - Women's
A good day of mountain biking starts when you hear the click of cleat into pedal and you start spinning your legs towards the trailhead. Give your feet something to be happy about when you start laying down the power with the Shimano SH-ME3 women's cycling shoes. With a recreationalist's balance of comfort and performance, they feature a middle level of flex, allowing for the stiffness necessary for laying down power but enough flex that you won't be cursing them when you need to hike-a-bike,
The sole starts out with lightweight rubber, and an all-around tread, so you have traction in all conditions when you're not on the bike, and a TORBAL midsole allows for your natural flow motion while in the saddle. Fiberglass reinforcement on the midsole gives you the stiffness you need for mashing up punchy climbs without adding much weight, and still allowing for comfortable flex.
Up top, supple synthetic leather wraps your foot securely, and a mesh patch near the toes helps prevent roasted piggies on sun-blanched trails. Holding your foot in place are two hook-and-loop straps over your forefoot and instep, and a reverse-buckle up top offers precise tightening that ratchets down, hiding the excess strap so it doesn't get hung up on trail debris. The shoe is built on a women's specific last, so it's narrower than Shimano's men's line, providing a fit tuned more towards our narrower feet. This is especially prevalent in the ankle, where it's slim and hugs your heel into place, preventing slipping on a climb laden with power moves.
Giro Riela RII Cycling Shoe - Women's
Hit the trails for a day of rolling singletrack or push it even further to full-blown backcountry adventure in the Giro Riela RII Shoes for women. Built with tough uppers, rugged outsoles, and footbeds that keep you comfortable from first to last mile, the Riela RII's are hungry for the trail, and with Giro's sleek styling, you don't have to stress hitting the brewery for a post ride pale ale with the ladies.
The Riela RII uses the same over all construction as her predecessor, the Riela R, with three hook-and-loop straps securing your foot in, and microfiber uppers, but those of us who get a wicked case of hot-foot on most rides get a big win with the addition of large mesh panels along the toe box and lateral portions of the shoes. The microfiber still uses perforations, just as it used to, to help with venting, but the added mesh aids in moisture transfer, helping your feet stay cool and comfortable all day long. A comfortable EVA footbed gives you the support you need inside of the shoe to stay comfortable, and underneath, a nylon injected outsole stiffens things up, so you don't waste your energy on a shoe flexing under your pedal stroke, and instead transfer that power directly to the bike.
The outsole is also topped off with hearty portions of rubber lugs that add traction to the shoe, so when you have to make your way through river beds or up steep, rocky faces, you'll have the grip you need to do it safely. To cap it off, there is a large recessed cleat pad underneath your foot, so you have plenty of room to lock in any 2-bolt mountain cleat, so you can clip into your favorite pedals and ride off into the sunset.
Giro Espada Boa Cycling Shoe - Women's
Feeling your shoe flex over your pedal when you're hammering out to the front of the pack on race day is less than ideal, but so is spending a fortune when you're a self-sponsored rider. Instead of diving in to budget shoes just to save a few bucks, find the perfect happy medium with the Giro Espada Boa Shoe for Women, designed with stiff carbon soles, and a price that isn't too hard to swallow. These shoes are designed for the avid cyclist and new cyclist alike, with a comfortable fit and snug uppers that can be cinched down right where you want them, and replaceable walking pads, so they can last for years.
Beginning construction, the Espada shoes start out with microfiber and mesh uppers that hold your foot in like a warm hug, but with ample venting, so that warm hug doesn't turn into hot-foot. The mesh is perfect for transferring moisture if your foot gets sweating, and perforations in the microfiber help heat escape from your feet constantly. The uppers are constructed with both a L6 boa, for micro adjustments, and a hook and loop strap in the forefoot for tightening things down with serious support, ensuring minimal foot slip when you're putting down maximum power.
Inside of the shoe you'll find a supple EVA insole, with molded arch and heel support that keep your foot in a comfortable position when you're laying down the power. To make sure you don't experience flex and twists when you're putting out maximum watts, the sole is constructed out of Easton's stiff and supportive EC70 carbon fiber composite, allowing for direct power transfer into your pedals with every stroke. The sole also features a replaceable walking pad, making them ideal for long term use, as they won't go out of commission after a year of hard wear and tear. The shoes are equipped with steel hardware for running three-bolt road cleats, for compatibility with most road cycling pedals.
Mavic Echappee Trail Elite Cycling Shoe - Women's
As you take inventory of your ride kit this spring while waiting patiently for the trails to dry out, consider replacing the shoes that gave you aches and pains for much of last year. Riding with control and having the right fit aren't mutually exclusive, and the Mavic Echappee Trail Elite Shoe proves it. Built with a higher volume shape to accommodate riders with wider feet and more prominent insteps, the Echappee provides a roomier fit while still feeling secure on your foot. Mavic's Quick Lace system and Comfort Strap take care of fit adjustments, ensuring the extra space doesn't translate to sloppiness on long climbs and fire road transitions. Plus, a power-transferring midsole with just enough flex for comfort on hike-a-bikes means you won't sacrifice any on-trail responsiveness for an improved fit.
Louis Garneau Urban Cycling Shoe - Women's
Sometimes you just want to take in the sights of a new city on a rental bike or take an idyllic spin through the park with the sun shining overhead and birds chirping in the distance. For these instances where go-fast efficiency is trumped by comfort and walkability, the Louis Garneau Women's Urban Mountain Bike Shoe certainly fits the bill with its casual disposition and flexible sole that allows you to walk off the bike.
Durable synthetic leather uppers withstand all the abuse you can dish out around town, plus there's breathable mesh inserts to keep your feet from overheating. And despite being similar to a standard sneaker, it does retain the 2-bolt compatibility you've come to love from mountain bike footwear, so you can use it with a number of popular mountain bike pedals, including Shimano SPD and Crank Brothers. And for those who prefer to wear flats, you'll enjoy the grippy rubber sole with longitudinal lugs to keep you glued to the pedals.
Scott MTB Comp BOA Lady Cycling Shoe - Women's
Equip yourself for weekend desert trips and evening rides in the local forest preserve with the adaptive, foot-wrapping fit of the Scott Women's MTB Comp BOA Lady Shoe. Wherever your riding takes you, the Comp Boa Lady Shoe delivers a micro-adjustable fit with its Boa L6 dial. This quick-lacing system tightens precisely with a quick, simple twist, and it's complemented by a lower strap for added stability during fast pedaling movement.
Seeing that you'll be exploring remote stretches of trail, the fiberglass-reinforced nylon sole maintains an efficient platform when you're pushing uphill for miles and keeping pace with your faster friends on the way back down. Another innovative feature, Scott's ErgoLogic footbed customizes the shoe's fit and feel. ErgoLogic achieves a tailored fit to your foot's unique shape with adjustable arch support. Ultimately, this means you'll pedal in secure-fitting comfort without painful pressure points holding you back.
Scott Road RC Lady Cycling Shoe - Women's
This summer, throw down in the Saturday county line sprint, your hometown twilight crit series, and the annual hill climb in the Scott Road RC Lady Shoe. Featuring Scott's stiffest carbon sole and dual Boa dial closure, the Road RC arrives as ready to win as you are. Its customizable fit and clean, streamlined design deliver watts to the pedals while keeping your feet comfortable, even when your legs are anything but.
On warm summer nights, when the air remains humid and sticky through twilight, you'll appreciate the Road RC's effective microfiber and 3D nylon air mesh uppers. Not only does the supple blend yield to the lumps and bumps along your feet, it breathes consistently while you work to help you stay cool and dry. As you're driving watts into the pedals to stay with the pack through the grueling middle of the race, the Road RC's unyielding carbon fiber sole, as stiff as its top-end men's counterpart, will loyally transfer power without flex. And as you turn the pedals, customizable dual Boa dials keep your feet in place without a thought to slipping or pressure points.
Shimano SH-ME2 Cycling Shoe - Women's
Whether you're racking up singletrack miles at your local trail network, or experimenting with cyclocross at a weekend race, the Shimano SH-ME2 Mountain Bike Shoe is versatile enough for any off-road adventure. With breathable synthetic uppers and a stiff midsole, you'll get the power and support you need along with elevated style and plenty of grip for those occasional hike-a-bike sections.
A fine balance of glass fiber and nylon work together for a stiff midsole to push your power to the pedals instead of letting it flex away and be wasted. The sole is capped with aggressive rubber lugs that provide traction when you're hiking up an unrideable section of trail or hopping hurdles at your local cross race. The sole is also compatible with toe spikes for additional grip in particularly slick conditions. Up top, the durable synthetic leather uppers have perforations and a large mesh panel to keep your feet ventilated during intense efforts, with Shimano's Cross X-strap closure providing a secure fit with minimal wiggle due to the alternating direction of the straps.
Shimano SH-ME4 Cycling Shoe - Women's
The SH-ME4 Mountain Bike Shoe packs technical features, durability, and a lot of value into a shoe that's ready to crush it up and down the mountain. Whether it's an all-day ride in the backcountry, a quick lap on your favorite singletrack, or trying your hand at enduro racing, the ME4 is tough enough for any off-road challenge and leaves you with cash left over to fund epic riding trips to sought-after mountain bike meccas.
The shoe is constructed from a high-density synthetic leather upper that is comfortable against your foot and withstands repeated scrapes from rocks and other trail obstacles. The upper is also perforated to ensure your foot doesn't get too warm when you're spinning up a tough climb. The closure uses a Boa dial for quick and precise micro-adjustments, paired with offset hook-and-loop straps that relieve tension at the highest part of the foot, avoiding pressure points and numbness. Frankly, we're impressed to see a Boa closure at this price point.
Moving to the bottom of the shoe, a glass fiber reinforced midsole rates at a five on Shimano's stiffness scale. It gives you efficient power transfer to the pedals, but also allows some torsional flex between the heel and toe box for comfort when you're throwing your bike into corners and navigating tricky descents. Shimano uses a women's-specific last that fits your natural foot shape for optimal comfort. The lightweight rubber outsole offers traction on all surfaces, and features a wide cleat adjustment range of +10mm fore and -13mm aft so you can dial in the perfect position for your 2-bolt cleats.
Scott Road Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling Shoe - Women's
Whether you're heading out for an early morning ride, or making your commute at sundown, visibility is key to having a safe and enjoyable ride. The Scott Road Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling Shoe is ideal for these situations as it features a fully reflective upper that helps you be seen in low-light conditions. And considering that it provides all of the same benefits as the popular Road Comp Boa, it's a good option for your everyday riding shoe, too.
The Comp Boa Reflective Lady Cycling shoes wrap your feet in supportive comfort thanks to the adaptive fit upper pattern and the micro-adjustable Boa closure system. Combined with the lower anatomic strap, the shoes articulate to best fit the shape of the rider's foot. They employ Scott's "Sport Fit" which features a larger volume, more relaxed fit that's great for long days in the saddle. The ErgoLogic footbed cushions the underside of your foot, and features adjustable arch and metatarsal support. The composite outsole rates at a 6 out of 10 on Scott's stiffness scale, efficiently transferring power to the pedals while maintaining all-day comfort and off-the-bike walkability.
Shimano SH-ME3 Cycling Shoe - Women's
Give your feet something to be happy about by hitting the trail in the Shimano SH-ME3 Mountain Bike Shoes. Balancing comfort and performance, they feature a medium flex that offers the stiffness necessary for laying down power, but enough give to keep you comfy when you need to hike-a-bike. Two hook-and-loop straps over your forefoot and instep hold your foot in place, working in tandem with the reverse buckle that ratchets down a precise fit through easy tightening.
Shimano's supple synthetic leather uppers wrap your foot securely, and use a mesh patch at the toes to keep things cool as you work up a sweat.The shoe is built on a women's-specific last, so it provides a fit tuned more towards narrower feet. This is especially prevalent in the ankle, where it's slim and hugs your heel into place to prevent slip when you're really pushing it on the trail. The lightweight sole employs rubber and an all-around tread for traction in all conditions when you're not on the bike, and a TORBAL midsole allows for your natural flow motion while in the saddle. Then, fiberglass reinforcement on the midsole helps you mash up punchy climbs without adding much weight while still allowing for comfortable flex.
Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch SPD Cycling Shoe - Women's
Riding clipped in doesn't have to mean you're regulated to goofy looking carbon soled kicks that make you walk like a puppy in high-heels. With options like the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch SPD Mountain Bike Shoes for Women you'll fly down trails with the power of clipless shoes, but with a sense of street style that passes on the brewery patio when your ride ends and its time for a crisp IPA to cut the summer heat. These style-loaded shoes don't stop there, though, they load you up with adventure-ready technology that can charge deep into the woods to blast berms previously only lapped by elk and rabbits. With a bonded upper your feet will be hugged into place securely, keeping your footing sure on or off of the bike, and rugged soles grip the dirt when you need to hop off the bike to scope out the trail ahead before dropping in.
The X-ALP Launch SPD's set you up with a stiff enough sole, thanks to a nylon composite shank, and serious grip that locks into the trail when you're off the bike. Its built with an EVA midsole that cushions blows from sharp rocks or lofty drops, and Vibram Megagrip outsoles that holds true to the dirt under foot. The lugs are designed with open an chevron shaped pattern, directionally placed to give you braking power in the heel, and propelling power in the toe while maintaining surefooted grip. Even the pedal zone features Vibram Megagrip with siping to keep mud away, so engaging is quick and snappy when you clip in.