Many novice cyclists are shocked by the difference in performances when they trade in their tennis shoes for proper indoor cycling shoes. After a session with SIDI Sierra cycling shoes, for instance, cyclists often report an immediate improvement in their abilities for sustained cycling. Yet, while the greater breathability and comfort offered by Spinning® shoes compared to ordinary athletic shoes is immediately apparent, many cyclists are still unaware of what makes a great cycling shoe so effective.
Cycling shoes are almost always lightweight, with velcro commonly used to hold a cyclists feet securely in place and aid in ensuring stability while riding. Of course, many riders haven't worn velcro shoes since childhood, so it may take some getting used to. Make sure you don't pull the velcro straps too tight, which may decrease circulation and cause the foot can cramp up.
Another common feature of cycling shoes is a stiff sole that allows for clipping directly on to the bike pedals. This increases the efficiency of the rider by enhancing the ease of pedaling. Without having to worry about slipping off the pedal platform, cyclists are able to maintain greater control, and thus increase their power throughout each pedal stroke.
Novice cyclists will often focus their energy by pushing down on the bike pedals, which can quickly exhaust the muscles in the leg that exert most of the pushing force. Indoor cycling shoes enhance the ability of cyclists to form a circular pedal stroke, making use of the full range of the muscles in their quadriceps and hamstrings. The circular motion forces the rider to both push down during a pedal stroke and pull up for a full rotation, maximizing the efficiency of each stroke.
Spinning® shoes come in a variety of styles and shapes, including different contouring between Spinning® shoes for women and Spinning® shoes for men. In general, men have longer and broader feet than women, given their stature. Research has found that male and female feet differ at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe and the ball of the foot, differences that have been taken into account for the design of the best cycling shoes for women and men. Despite their prevalence, these differences among foot size are not always obvious in cycling shoes at the outset, so make sure to compare several pairs in order to figure out what best suits your own needs.