This article first appeared on BikeRadar.
As the world’s biggest cycling show, Eurobike is a great place to spot trends – or at least what brands hope will become trends. For road footwear, dials and laces are de rigueur. We're also seeing knits catching on and reflective materials are popping up from an increasing number of brands.
For closures, ratchets have effectively disappeared, replaced by primarily by BOA dials. The laces fad seems to have slowed on top-end models. However, new mid-range shoes are showing up with laces for the first time.
While Eurobike hosts more than 1,200 brands, many of the big players no longer attend, including Specialized, Trek, Cannondale and Giant. Those brands now host their own shows for retailers and the media.
Knits from DMT, Fizik and Giro
Giro and Fizik rolled out their first shoes with knit uppers at Eurobike last year, and have expanded their offerings for this fall.
The Giro Empire E70 Knit is a step down from the top-end Empire in terms of sole stiffness and price. For riders who find the original Empire a little tight, the Empire E70 Knit feels a bit looser. It comes in four styles.
The Giro Republic R Knit is a walkable road shoe, with ample rubber tread and an SPD cleat. It comes in two styles.
The new DMT KR1 has a knit upper with a short sock cuff instead of the traditional lip. It comes in two styles.
For Fizik, the Infinito R1 Knit comes in four styles, some with BOA laces that match the shoe's highlight color.
Reflectives from Bont and Giro
Bont jumped on the reflective bandwagon with Vapor S and Helix models that light up under artificial light.
Giro continues with its reflective Empire models, but also added a special edition graphic.
New mid-range lace-ups from Pearl Izumi
Pearl Izumi's top-end shoes use BOA closures. But the new Tour Road and Sugar Road models feature laces, a first for the company. They also have both 3-bolt and SPD options in the same sole.
Refined S-Phyre RC-9 from Shimano
Shimano's S-Phyre RC-9 shoe got a few tweaks, including a bit more give around the metatarsals, an elimination of the mesh over the toes that created a crease for some riders, and a reworking of the perforations.
The RC-9 also has a more rounded heel cup.
And some flashy uppers from a variety of brands
While all cycling shoe brands will gladly tell you about all their technical features, shoes are also a fashion item for many. For a glance at some of the latest looks, click or scroll through the gallery above.