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Shimano, Diadora, Carnac and Northwave Bicycle Shoes - The Definitive Guide to Specialized Bicycle Shoes

Updated on July 6, 2009

The Specialized Bicycle Shoe Guide

Having the right shoe when cycling is more important than many people believe. For recreational riders, this may not be so imperative, but for avid riders, specialized shoes are a necessity. Regardless of your skill level, it is important to have a shoe that will provide a solid grip on the pedals. If your shoes cannot grip the pedal well, your foot may slide and cause an accident. Many bicycle injuries are sustained for this very reason.

One of the most important things to look for when buying bicycle shoes is the sole. Make sure it is solid and has a gripping surface. In addition, stiff soled shoes will provide you with more power. There are many shoes to choose from. Years ago, cycling was not as popular as it is today. The sport has come a long way, and with that, the equipment has also advanced. Now there are hundreds of styles manufactured by name brand shoe companies.

Shimano

Shimano makes many styles of shoes for cycling. Among the most popular are the  Pro Carbon MTB, the  Expert MTB Shoe and the Defroster MTB Shoe. All of these have a cleat pattern that is compatible with MTB pedals. Shimano also makes customized women’s shoes, such as the Women’s Motodiva Comp MTB Shoe.

Diadora

Diadora is another big name in cycling shoes. The top rated shoe made by this manufacturer is the Team Racer Carbon. This shoe is designed to fit MTB pedals and is rated as one of the best cycling shoes available. Another popular shoe by Diadora is the MTB Escape. Diadora makes bike shoes for men and women in a variety of styles. Many of them are made for use with MTB pedals, but there are shoes that can be used with standard pedals. Diadora is an affordable shoe that offers great performance and durability.

Northwave

Northwave offers a full line of biking shoes for men and women. This manufacturer creates a shoe that provides comfort, performance and style. Typically, the color selection is limited when buying shoes for cycling. Northwave is one of the few companies that offer an extensive color selection. Women riders have favored the Northwave MTB Ladies Shiver shoe. There are various men’s shoes that top the list. Some of the more popular styles include the Road Men’s Aerlite and MTB Men’s Raptor 3. Both of these lines have multiple colors to choose from.

Carnac

Carnac is one of the most popular brands of peddling shoes. Though they are a bit pricey, these shoes are among the best made. Included in the Carnac line is the MTB Men’s M1, the Road Men’s M1, Roads Men’s M3 and the Roads Men’s M7. Carnac is a trusted name among avid cyclists and they are one of the highest prices shoes available.

Which Bike Shoes are for you?

Buying bicycle shoes can be a bit confusing for the beginner rider. Always remember that comfort is the number one concern, as well as safety. If you do not ride a bike with MTB pedals, make sure that the chosen shoe has a good sole. MTB shoes are available in different styles as well and generally cost more than road shoes. No matter what shoe you buy, these four manufacturers are among the best in the industry. They make shoes that are durable and are designed to last. Though it may seem crazy to spend the money on a pair of shoes for bicycle riding, the shoes are in fact one of the most important pieces of equipment you will buy. They affect comfort and performance, so the price tag should not be a major concern.

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      Liam Hallam 

      7 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Interesting hub. Sadly Carnac are not one of the most popular manufacturers- in fact it's very rare to see someone wearing Carnac shoes.

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