Best women’s cycling shoes - Comfort and ride performance from the ground up

Best women's cycling shoes
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With your feet doing most of the work on the bike, a comfortable set of kicks can make or break your ride. If your feet aren’t comfortable, nothing will be, so the best women's cycling shoes should not only fit well but deliver efficient power transfer so that your energy isn't wasted. That's why it's important to invest in the best cycling shoes for your budget, and to consider women's specific shoes if you find that unisex ones don't offer the comfort you need.

Choosing the perfect pair of women's road shoes can be a tricky thing, especially since feet come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention the fact that women's feet on average tend to be shaped slightly differently from men's. Women's specific shoes will be constructed around a women's specific 'foot last' (the mould around which shoes are shaped), which takes into account the variation in foot anatomy between the sexes and ergonomically tailors the shoes to fit better to women’s feet.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike

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