Adidas just released a pair of indoor cycling shoes, and have rather inventively named them The Indoor Cycling Shoes. Just in case you were wondering, they’re cycling shoes specifically designed for indoor cycling, and we imagine they’re vying for a spot on our list of the best indoor cycling shoes. How many more times can I say ‘indoor cycling shoes’ in a paragraph? I think I’ve reached my limit.
Adidas has recently returned to cycling in a big way, first with the launch of the Velosamba, an SPD version of its iconic Samba shoe, followed by its equally imaginatively named The Road Cycling Shoes and The Gravel Cycling Shoes. Now the sporting giant has forayed into the indoor cycling market, just in time for winter (here in the northern hemisphere at least), with the launch of — yes I’ll say it one more time — The Indoor Cycling Shoes.
Celine Del Genes, General Manager of Adidas Specialist Sports said, “our ambition is to cater to the needs of a rapidly developing new cycling culture by creating accessible high-quality products that empower more people to clip in and ride. The Indoor Cycling Shoes will help cyclists get even more out of such a beautifully intense and rewarding version of the sport, by providing the breathability, comfort and performance in even the most intense sessions.”
Adidas The Indoor Cycling Shoes: design and specification
The Indoor Cycling Shoes are designed to take on what Adidas calls "the uniquely intense demands of indoor cycling". The upper is made from at least 50 per cent recycled materials and is claimed to be lightweight and breathable, with two open mesh windows to enhance ventilation to keep feet cool during high-intensity indoor workouts.
Meanwhile, the fibreglass-reinforced midsole plate aims to lend adequate stiffness for efficient power transfer. It's compatible with a three-bolt SPD-SL cleat, and features heel and toe cups for easier walking, making these suitable for gym spin classes as well as the at-home pain cave.
Finally, the whole thing is secured in place with a hook-and-loop strap closure, including a Velcro strap to enable easy entry and quick adjustments.
Pricing and availability
The Indoor Cycling Shoes come in three colour options — black, white and red — all of which feature the brand’s iconic three-stripe motif on the sides. They’re available in sizes UK 6-14, with half-sizes included, and cost £110 / $130 / €130. If you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas gift and know someone who would love a pair of these, maybe these are the ticket.
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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")
Rides: Liv Devote, Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Whyte Victoria, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike
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