Six things I learned testing gravel bike shoes

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(Image credit: Will Jones)

Having spent the last few months testing the best gravel shoes, and whittling down the best options on the market into a useful guide, I also learned a thing or two, so it seems prudent to share the knowledge so you can get the most bang for your buck and not end up disappointed, or worse, uncomfortable. 

Since it’s been warm enough to ditch the best winter cycling shoes in favour of more svelte options, I’ve been riding off-road in numerous pairs of gravel shoes, sometimes taking multiple options on the same ride for a mid-ride switch out. I’ve been using options designed for the highest level of gravel racing, through bikepacking focussed models designed to help you when it comes to protracted hike-a-bike, and budget options too, hoping to be all things to those who are just starting out or who can’t afford more premium options. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.