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Best cheap cycling shoes: Top deals and the best budget cycling shoes available today

Cheap cycling shoes
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When it comes to finding cheap cycling shoes, you typically have a choice: either you can opt for the more budget-level options in manufacturers' ranges or you can shop around and look for deals. 

Here in our roundup of the best cheap cycling shoes, we've provided the best of both worlds. It's always nice to get more for your money, so to begin with, we've handpicked our selection of the best deals on cycling shoes available today, but if none of these are right for you, we've also run through our picks of the best budget-level cycling shoes. 

Cycling shoes are an entirely personal item and, due to fit requirements, what works for you might not work for the next person. To really decide what works for you, you need to use them, and to use them, you need to pay for them. That potentially makes finding the best cycling shoes an expensive endeavour, which is where the deals come in. 

As part of our efforts to bring you the best cycling deals, we've rounded up deals on road, mountain and gravel bike shoes from around the world, all organised by budget. 

Cycling shoe deals USA

Under $100

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dhb Dorica | 40% off at Wiggle
Was $113.00 | Now $54.00
With a choice of black, white or grey, and sizing from EU40 - EU48, there will be a pair of shoes here to match the majority of your wants and needs. 

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Women's Giro Techne | 30% off at Jenson USA
Was $100.00 | Now from $69.99
Available in a small range of larger women's sizes, the Techne is a good entry-level shoe, with three velcro closures and a comfortable fit, with a sole that takes either two-bolt or three-bolt cleats.

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dhb Dorica Carbon | 40% off at Wiggle
Was $132.00 | Now from $79.20
The white colourway is discounted, with most sizes between EU 40 and 48 available, there will be a pair of shoes here to match the majority of your wants and needs. 

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dhb Aeron Carbon Road Shoe Dial | up to 48% off
Was $159.00 | Now from $83.00
You can save big on these carbon road shoes from dhb's Aeron range, with a wide range of sizes and two colourways to choose from.

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Giro Empire ACC | 67% off at Jenson USA
Was $300.00 | Now $99.98
This is a great deal on the Empire ACC shoes if you have small feet, with the silver option being available in EU 39.5 and 40.

Under $200

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Peak MTB Shoes

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Peak MTB Shoes | 30% off at REI
Was $150.00 | Now $104.73
These shoes were made for walking, according to Pearl Izumi. The X-Alp Peaks are designed to help you tackle both on- and off-bike sections. Currently sizes 39-41 are discounted at REI in Black/Shadow Grey.

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Giro Factress Techlace Women's | 70% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $349.95 | Now $104.96
The women's version of the Factor Techlace, the Factress is a high-end road-race shoe designed specifically for women, and combining an Easton carbon sole with synthetic microfiber upper for support and breathability. Currently available in 37.5, 38 and 39.

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Fizik R5 Tempo Powerstrap | 37% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $171.70 | Now $107.00
The R5 Tempo Powerstrap shoes are currently discounted in a pretty good range of colors and sizes.

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Shimano RP9 | up to 55% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $300.00 | Now from $134.95
The navy colourway in sizes EU 38-40 is currently discounted the most, with the white options being half-price.

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Giro Empire SLX | up to 60% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $349.95 | Now from $139.95
You can get a huge saving off these lightweight pro-level shoes from Giro, depending on which colourway and size you opt for, provided you want them in the Ultraviolet colourway in a size EU 39 or 40.

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Sidi Genius SR7 Shadow Women's | 40% off at REI
Was $260.00 | Now $155.83
Stock is very low, and the only sizes remaining are 37 and 38.5. The Sidi Genius SR7 Shadow shoes are lightweight, with carbon soles and ratcheting buckles for a precision fit. Constructed with a women-specific last, it's been designed to support a narrower heel and a more tapered foot shape.

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Time Osmos 10 | 25% off at Jenson USA
Was $250.00 | Now $187.00
Time was, Time was a big name in pro-level cycling shoes, with Greg LeMond a wearer. The Osmos looked to relive those glory days, with a stiff carbon injected sole and single Boa closure. It's available in black or white and a wide range of sizes at Jenson USA.

Under $350

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Gaerne Carbon Stilo+ | up to 55% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $477.00 | Now from $214.00
If the original price was too eye-watering for you, take advantage of this half-off discount. Three colours are available still in a range of sizes between EU 39 and 46.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader v4

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader v4 | 35% off at REI
Was $350.00 | From $226.73
These lightweight, stiff and breathable performance road shoes from Pearl Izumi feature seamless uppers that minimise pressure points for a comfortable fit. Discounts available in black and yellow and there are lots of sizes still in stock.

Bont Helix Road Shoes

Bont Helix Road Shoes | Up to 42% off at ProBikeKit
Was $472.50 | Now from $270.00
The Bont Helix is available in an array of sizes, with discounts varying. Grab yourself a lightweight and stiff carbon race shoe while the going's good.

Bont Helix Road Shoes

Time Osmos 15 | 25% off at Jenson USA
Was $400.00 | Now $300.00
The Osmos 15 was Time's range-topping, pro-level shoe, made in Italy and with two Boa dials and loads of venting in its uppers. You can grab a pair in black or white and a good range of sizes.

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Giro Imperial | 21% off at Jenson USA
Was $425.00 | Now $333.65
Giro's top-spec Imperial shoes come with an impressive array of features, including two Boa IP1 dials and an ultra-stiff sole. They've got WorldTour-level palmares too. There's a decent range of sizes still available in red.

Cycling shoe deals UK

Under £100

dhb Dorica Road Shoe

dhb Dorica Road | 35% off at Wiggle
Was £70.00 | Now £45.00
Add a touch of class to your cycling wardrobe with the lace-up dhb Dorica shoes, available in black, white and grey, and with a full range of sizes in stock and on sale.

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Specialized Sport Rbx Road Shoes | 50% off at CycleStore
Was £99.99 | Now £49.99
The RBX Road shoes from Specialized are ideal for commuting or road cycling for those who are new to the sport. Only sizes 36, 44 and 46 are still in stock though, so hurry.

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Shimano IC100 Indoor Cycling Shoes | 10% off at Tredz
Was £69.99 | Now £62.99
If you're into indoor cycling, now's a great time to save some pennies on a pair of indoor-specific cycling shoes. These from Shimano have mesh uppers to help keep your feet cool as you up the watts on the turbo.

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Pearl Izumi Select Road V5 | 30% off at CycleStore
Was £99.99 | Now £69.99
Another black and white set of road shoes, these very stylish V5s from Pearl Izumi are still available in sizes EU 40 and 41.

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dhb Aeron Carbon Road Shoe Dial | 41% off at Wiggle
Was £120.00 | Now £70.00
Save £50 on these carbon road shoes with Atop dial adjuster from dhb's Aeron range, with a wide range of sizes and two colourways to choose from.

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SIDI Genius 5 Fit Carbon | 46% off at Tredz
Was £150.00 | Now £80.99
If you wear a size 36 then you're in luck, as you can save almost half price on these super stiff carbon shoes from Sidi.

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Pearl Izumi Elite Road V5 Road Shoes | 52% off at CycleStore
Was £179.99 | Now £84.99
Three colourways are still available in a range of sizes, so act fast to not miss out on grabbing these road shoes for less than half the retail price.

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Fizik Tempo R5 Overcurve | 36% off at Wiggle
Was £149.99 | Now £94.99
With a single Boa IP1 dial closure and carbon reinforced sole, the Tempo R5 is well featured. It also uses Fizik's asymmetric Overcurve design for the upper, for a firm, comfortable fit.

Under £150

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Pearl Izumi P.r.o Leader V4 Road Shoes | 20% off at CycleStore
Was £249.99 | Now £109.99
There are massive savings to be had here, with the Black/Lime colourway having the most sizes available still.

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Specialized Torch 2.0 Road | 30% off at CycleStore
Was £175.00 | Now £122.50
These shoes are all about comfort and performance, designed to carry the necessary stiffness for efficient power output, while also cupping and supporting your foot in a way that's comfortable and sustainable over a long day in the saddle. Combining Body Geometry sole construction and the medium-stiffness FACT carbon sole, the Specialized Torch 2.0 road shoes are currently a bargain.

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Lake CX218 | up to 31% off at Pro Bike Kit
Was £190.00 | Now from £130.99
With its carbon sole and Clarino Microfiber upper, the CX218 is a modern take on retro style, featuring a BOA dial for retention and velcro for forefoot security. There's even a venting hole on the outstep for breathability. 

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Specialized Torch 3.0 | 39% off at CycleStore
Was £230.00 | Now £138.99
If you're a fan of screaming hi-vis yellow, you can nab a pair of Specialized Torch 3.0 shoes for under £140, saving yourself over £90 on Specialized's top-of-range Torch shoes with two Boas.

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Northwave Revolution 2 | 20% off at Tredz
Was £174.99 | Now £139.99
With two colourways and several sizes available between EU 37 and 47, there's bound to be something here for most.

Under £200

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Specialized Torch 3.0 Road | 30% off at CycleStore
Was £230.00 | Now £161.00
If you don't fancy the screaming yellow option above, there's still a decent saving on the black version of the Torch 3.0, although available sizes are more limited.

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Giro Empire | 40% off at Wiggle
Was £274.99 | £164.99
Giro's original lace-up cycling shoe brought the format back into fashion and it's still an efficient, lightweight, comfortable option, with a quoted weight of 450 grams a pair. There's a stiff Easton sole with low stack height, replaceable heel protector and adjustable arch support.

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Gaerne Carbon Stilo+ | Up to 49% off at Wiggle
Was £329.99 | £165.00
Get a pair of these top-spec shoes, made by Gaerne in the home of Italian shoemaking in the Venito. You get two Boa dials on top and Gaerne's stiffest sole on the bottom for fast, efficient pedalling and a weight claimed by Gaerne to be under 600g a pair.

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Specialized Torch 3.0 Road | 20% off at Cyclestore
Was £230.00 | £184.00
The same shoe as the Torch 3.0 above, but it's also available in white, with a slightly smaller discount.

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Sidi Sixty | Up to 43% off at Wiggle
Was £330.00 | Now £184.99
Sidi has a justified reputation for making great cycling shoes and the Sixty celebrates the brand's 60 years in the market. You get a full carbon sole and the latest version of Sidi's own dial closure system - itself a first when the original came out.

The shoe is also available on Wiggle in a limited edition shiny finish, priced at under £200.

Under £300

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Specialized S-works 7 Road Shoes | 32% off at CycleStore
Was £370.00 | Now £248.99
If you wear a size 38-40, you're in luck. Save big on these premium shoes from Specialized, renowned for their exceptional power transfer and comfort.

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Specialized S-works Exos Road Shoes | 44% off at CycleStore
Was £449.99 | Now £250.00
Act quickly to grab yourself a serious bargain here, with all three colours still in stock with select sizing available, especially larger sizes.

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Giro Imperial | 25% off at Tredz
Was £374.99 | Now £280.00
Top of Giro's shoe range, the Imperial sits on an ultra-stiff Easton carbon sole with low stack height. It's Giro's first shoe to use Boa closures - two of them - and boasts great ventilation as well as adjustable arch support, with three insert heights for ultimate ride comfort.

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Specialized S-Works Vent Road Shoes | 23% off at CycleStore
Was £380.00 | Now £290.00
The World Tour-proven Specialized S-works Vent Road Shoes got a 4.5-star review from us and for good reason. Grab a pair in white for under £300 before they all sell out. They're available in a decent range of sizes too.

Looking for more than shoes in the cycling sales?

If you're shopping for something specific and haven't found it here, don’t worry, Cyclingnews has loads of great cycling buying advice. We also have a number of deals roundups, where you can find deals on road bikes, e-bikes, helmets, turbo trainers and more:

Best budget cycling shoes

If you've worked your way through the deals above and didn't find the best cheap cycling shoes for your needs, then fear not, as we have even more great options for you. 

Rather than more deals, this section covers our pick of the best budget-level cycling shoes. They forego some of the high-performance tech from the best cycling shoes, but more importantly, they also forego the high price tags. 

Cheap cycling shoes: Bontrager Circuit

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Bontrager Circuit

Best for beginners

Cleats: Two-bolt, three-bolt | Retention: Boa, Velcro | Sole material: 85% Nylon, 15% Fibreglass

Two and three-bolt cleat compatibility
Only two colours to choose from

With its two- and three-bolt cleat compatibility, the Circuit shoes from Bontrager are great for beginners who might prefer the easier clipless action of two-bolt SPD pedals (mountain bike) vs the more secure hold of three-bolt SPD-SL (road).

The two colour choices might be a little limited, but both offer a stylish aesthetic at what is a reasonably affordable price point. The fibreglass-and-nylon-mix sole will offer a combination of comfort and stiffness, and the velcro strap combines with a Boa L6 dial to provide a secure, yet comfortable fit. 

Cheap cycling shoes: Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5

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Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5

Best for style

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Velcro | Sole material: Carbon reinforced nylon

Comfortable multi-wrap velcro
Only two colours to choose from

Trickling technology down from the type of shoes worn by Fizik's sponsored team Movistar, the Tempo Powerstrap R5 shoes offer a great deal of that premium aesthetic at a surprisingly affordable price. Looks aren't everything though, so it's reassuring to know that, thanks to the wrap-over velcro straps, the Fizik shoes are super comfortable for most foot shapes. 

These cheap cycling shoes are anything but cheap when it comes to build quality, and the only shoe in this lineup to use carbon fibre in the sole, it's unsurprising to see the Fizik shoes tip the scales at just 255 grams. Not the lightest here, but not far off. 

There are four colours to choose from, and sizes range from a dainty EU36 to a plenty-big-enough EU48. 

Cheap cycling shoes: Mavic Cosmic

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Mavic Cosmic Boa

Best for light weight

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass

Weight of 250g (claimed)
All four colours are nice
Narrow profile

Tipping the scales at a meagre 250 grams, the Cosmic Boa is a lightweight, narrow shoe with a well-ventilated sole and a breathable upper. 

Retention is actioned by a single L6 Boa dial, which operates a lace-like closure across the forefoot for increased comfort. This comfort is complemented by an Ortholite insole and a roomier toe-box to prevent squashed toes.

The outsole is constructed from a mix of nylon and fibreglass, which combine to offer a comfortable platform without a loss of power transfer. 

Available in four colours to satisfy all style requirements. 

Cheap cycling shoes: Shimano RC5

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Shimano RC5

Best for comfort

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass

Weight of 250g (claimed)
Lots of cleat adjustability
Comfort

Shimano really knows how to make a great pair of cycling shoes. The Japanese components brand may be better known for its groupsets, but it came out on top of our recent gravel shoes grouptest, and received a strong 4.5 stars in our recent Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes review

The RC5 features plenty of trickle-down technology from the upper echelons of the range including a Boa dial and Velcro strap for closure, the highly adjustable cleat positioning, and specifically placed padding for improved comfort. 

Cheap cycling shoes: Specialized Torch 1

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Specialized Torch 1.0

Best for stiffness

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Injection-molded nylon

Body Geometry comfort considerations
Reflective heel

Makers of some of the most popular shoes in the WorldTour and amateur scenes, Specialized sure knows what it's doing when it comes to footwear. The Torch 1.0 road shoes offer an injection moulded sole for increased stiffness and efficient power transfer. The Boa dial is paired with a velcro strap like a few of the other shoes featured here, and the heel cup features reflective detailing for increased low-light safety. 

Rated at 6/15 on the stiffness index, the Torch 1.0 shoes are plenty responsive when it comes to jumping on the pedals, yet the slight flex and Body Geometry sole and footbeds will combine to offer increased comfort for longer days. 

The older Torch 1.0 shoes - which feature three velcro straps instead of the Boa dial - are still sparsely available, often with huge discounts, so if you're not sold on the Boa dial for retention, a discount might be available.