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Cycling shoe trends of the 2015 Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish gets unique CVNDSH shoes made by Nike

Mark Cavendish gets unique CVNDSH shoes made by Nike
(Image credit: Tom Ballard / Immediate Media)
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Pierre-Luc Perichon has his surname embroidered on his Bonts

Pierre-Luc Perichon has his surname embroidered on his Bonts
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More dialled-in S-Works shoes

More dialled-in S-Works shoes
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There were several pairs of Bonts in the peloton

There were several pairs of Bonts in the peloton
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With no official shoe sponsor, Bretagne-Seche Environnement riders sported a variety of brands

With no official shoe sponsor, Bretagne-Seche Environnement riders sported a variety of brands
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Funnily enough, Specialized produce shoes in just the right colour for Astana

Funnily enough, Specialized produce shoes in just the right colour for Astana
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IAM Cycling's riders were mostly wearing Scott shoes

IAM Cycling's riders were mostly wearing Scott shoes
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The only obvious DMT pair we saw

The only obvious DMT pair we saw
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And the only Suplest pair we saw

And the only Suplest pair we saw
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No dials for these Giro shoes

No dials for these Giro shoes
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Overshoes? But the sun's out! Sprinter Michael Matthews looks for every edge

Overshoes? But the sun's out! Sprinter Michael Matthews looks for every edge
(Image credit: Tom Ballard / Immediate Media)
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No Velcro at all for the Bont Vayor S shoes

No Velcro at all for the Bont Vayor S shoes
(Image credit: Tom Ballard / Immediate Media)
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Daryl Impey gets the RSA flag on his strap

Daryl Impey gets the RSA flag on his strap
(Image credit: Tom Ballard / Immediate Media)
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Svein Tuft was the 2014 Canadian time trial and road champion

Svein Tuft was the 2014 Canadian time trial and road champion
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Another rare sighting of overshoes

Another rare sighting of overshoes
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The less rare return of laces to pro cycling

The less rare return of laces to pro cycling
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There's no missing this shiny pink pair of Sidi shoes

There's no missing this shiny pink pair of Sidi shoes
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Nalini's Octopus Plus2 shoes - Velcro only

Nalini's Octopus Plus2 shoes - Velcro only
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Like most brands, Gaerne uses two Boa dials and a Velcro strap over the toebox

Like most brands, Gaerne uses two Boa dials and a Velcro strap over the toebox
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Dialled-in Diadoras for the Movistar team

Dialled-in Diadoras for the Movistar team
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They're pretty simple with three Velcro straps and no obvious fancy features

They're pretty simple with three Velcro straps and no obvious fancy features
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Giro's Empire SLX lace-ups were seen on a handful of riders

Giro's Empire SLX lace-ups were seen on a handful of riders
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Adam Hansen makes all his own racing shoes

Adam Hansen makes all his own racing shoes
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This is Hansen's clog-like design for the Tour

This is Hansen's clog-like design for the Tour
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Luke Durbridge has a small Aussie flag on his strap

Luke Durbridge has a small Aussie flag on his strap
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The 2015 Tour's first yellow jersey holder, Rohan Dennis, swapped his standard dial with a yellow version

The 2015 Tour's first yellow jersey holder, Rohan Dennis, swapped his standard dial with a yellow version
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The new dial goes perfectly with his yellow BMC

The new dial goes perfectly with his yellow BMC
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Tour favourite Alberto Contador has also swapped the dials of his S-Works 6 shoes to match his Tinkoff kit

Tour favourite Alberto Contador has also swapped the dials of his S-Works 6 shoes to match his Tinkoff kit
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Jens Debusschere was the 2014 Belgian road race champion

Jens Debusschere was the 2014 Belgian road race champion
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Riders sponsored by Shimano have to use ratchet straps

Riders sponsored by Shimano have to use ratchet straps
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Rocket7 shoes are handmade in the USA

Rocket7 shoes are handmade in the USA
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Bright yellow Mavic shoes always stand out

Bright yellow Mavic shoes always stand out
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The Sidi shoes of three-time world time trial champ Tony Martin

The Sidi shoes of three-time world time trial champ Tony Martin
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Sidi uses a custom dial with a fold-out lever for easy adjustment

Sidi uses a custom dial with a fold-out lever for easy adjustment
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These blue Sidi shoes of Chris Froome fit in perfectly with the Team Sky colours

These blue Sidi shoes of Chris Froome fit in perfectly with the Team Sky colours
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The Specialized-sponsored teams were on a selection of different S-Works shoes, some fifth generation and some of the new S-Works 6

The Specialized-sponsored teams were on a selection of different S-Works shoes, some fifth generation and some of the new S-Works 6
(Image credit: Tom Ballard / Immediate Media)
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Lampre-Merida's Kristijan Durasek won't get his pair mixed up with his roommate's

Lampre-Merida's Kristijan Durasek won't get his pair mixed up with his roommate's
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These Bonts look like they've come from Tate Modern

These Bonts look like they've come from Tate Modern
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This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Tour de France professionals might have more power in one perfectly shaved leg than most of us can muster with two, but you can't buy that strength. What you can buy are the shoes that connect that power to the drivetrain.

BikeRadar camped out at the rider sign-in of the Tour de France, getting odd looks from pros and other media alike as we focused low to bring you a selection of the peloton’s footwear.

Check out the full gallery above and a few trends we spotted below.

Dials, ratchet straps and laces

Contador has two colour-matched dials on his S-Works 6 shoes

Boa wire lacing systems give fast but minute adjustment, allowing riders to lock their feet securely without pinching discomfort. It’s no surprise then that the vast majority of Tour professionals are picking this type of closure, with most designs in this style having a pair of dials on the upper.

Ratchet straps

Ratchet straps are still the only way to go with Shimano

A few riders – namely those sponsored by Shimano – are still using the ratchet straps that come on the Japanese brand’s top-end R321 shoes. If the rest of the peloton is anything to go by, Shimano’s going to have to up its game in the shoe closure department if it wants to keep up.

Laces and Velcro

Some riders were sporting the retro look with Giro's Empire shoes

A few of the riders at the start of stage two were wearing Giro’s Empire lace-ups. In fact there were more laces on show than Velcro-only closures. We only spotted two pairs of shoes that just used Velcro – these included the Nike shoes made specifically for Mark Cavendish.

Customisation

Adam Hansen makes all his own racing shoes

Some riders use stock shoes, others have their names worked onto the upper. You’ll also see the occasional flash of colour to denote a national champion, while others simply customise with a differently coloured dial. There’s no-one in the peloton with more unique slippers than Team Lotto-Belisol’s Adam Hansen though, who makes all his shoes himself.

Check out the gallery above for all the details