Footwear

The 20 summer road shoes everyone is talking about

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This year’s line-up of summer road shoes is one of the hottest ever. Packed in equal measure with fresh innovations and outlandish design, the new range has got the cycling world talking.

The warm season is when you’re set free on the roads, able to bask in the benefits of your training labours from the off-season. With temperatures more amenable and the roads clear of the school-run traffic, this is when life on the bike truly comes into its own.

That summer road shoe feeling can jolt a tear from the eye of the dedicated cyclist, and you’ll no doubt be looking for something with a fresh look and feel for 2018.

Well it’s good news, because this season’s selection of stunning shoes is up there with the best.


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The best 2018 summer road shoes – the highlights

Road cyclists like to make sure they’re seen, and not just for safety, so be as adventurous as you dare when choosing a pair of summer shoes. In terms of audacious colour, this year’s range doesn’t disappoint with a decidedly daring dash of stunning summer shades, fizzing fluorescent flare, and tons of tantalising tints.

There has also been a flush of innovation with new upper types hitting the road, with both Giro and Fizik both debuting knitted fabrics on some of their road shoes for this season. The material difference makes them highly breathable and cool for those extended pedalling periods.

Chain Reaction Cycles has also secured a completely exclusive design from Giro that won’t be found anywhere else.

Let’s take a look at this season’s top road shoes, making this summer one to remember for cyclists everywhere.


Giro Zebra Empire Road Shoes 2018

(Design exclusive to Chain Reaction Cycles)
Closure system: Lace
Sole: Carbon fibre
Stiffness: High
Features: Evofiber upper. Customisable insole
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Giro Zebra Empire Road Shoes 2018

Featuring a designed created in an exclusive collaboration between Giro and Chain Reaction Cycles, the Giro Zebra Empire road shoes will help you outmanoeuvre even the biggest cycling beasts.


Giro Empire SLX Shoes

Closure system: Lace
Sole: High-modulus carbon titanium hardware
Stiffness: High
Features: Replaceable heel pads, ultra-light super-natural fit kit
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Giro Empire SLX Shoes

These super-lightweight Giro’s Empire SLX Shoes look and feel incredible. The high rigidity ensures none of the power has been lost in making these look fantastic.


Giro Savix Road SPD Shoes 2018

Closure system: Boa® Dial
Sole: High-modulus carbon titanium hardware
Stiffness: Medium
Features: Lightweight (245g), responsive yet comfortable, low cost (£73*)
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Giro Savix Road SPD Shoes 2018

For the low price, these Giro Savix SPD road shoes are incredible value. Complete with a boa closure system, comfortable sole set-up, and pro-standard styling, these shoes are a great choice as an entry level or back-up buy.


Empire E70 Knit Womens Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Lace
Sole: Easton® EC70 carbon composite
Stiffness: Medium stiffness
Features: Lightweight (230g), DWR treated, steel hardware
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Giro Empire E70 Knit Womens Road Shoe 2018

The Giro Empire E70 Knit Women’s Road Shoe delivers unrivalled comfort for days on the road with this highly breathable shoe, perfect for keeping your foot cool and your performance fast.


Empire E70 Knit Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Lace
Sole: Easton® EC70 carbon composite
Stiffness: Medium stiffness
Features: Lightweight (230g), DWR treated, steel hardware
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Giro Empire E70 Knit Road Shoe 2018

The Giro Empire E70 Knit Road Shoe delivers unrivalled comfort for days on the road with this highly breathable shoe, perfect for keeping your foot cool and your performance fast.


Northwave Flash 2 Carbon Shoes 2018

Closure system: SLW2
Sole: Morph Carbon 12 AAS (12.0)
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: NW Speedplay adapter compatible, ultra-snug fitting upper, integrated heel system
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Fitted with an stiff carbon sole for pedalling efficiency, the Northwave Flash 2 BioMap Aero Overlap construction minimises power-loss and reduces aerodynamic drag thanks to a glove-like fit.


Northwave Extreme RR Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: SLW2
Sole: Ultralight Carbon 15 (stiffness index 15.0)
Stiffness: Super-stiff
Features: X-frame® patented construction, NW Speedplay adapter compatible, integrated heel system
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

These Extreme RR Road Shoes from Northwave have Ultralight Carbon 15 soles made of 100% unidirectional carbon with a stiffness index of 15.0 making these Northwave’s best performing soles ever.


Northwave Revolution Shoes 2018

Closure system: SLW2
Sole: Morph Carbon 12 AAS (stiffness index 12.0)
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Anatomical Arch Support, NW Speedplay adapter compatible, BioMap unibody construction
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The exclusive Anatomical Arch Support made of TPU ensures that the Revolution Shoes provide premium comfort with the perfect sole for any type of foot. Ideal for improving your pedalling cadence


Shimano RC7 SPD-SL Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: Boa IP1
Sole: Carbon Fibre Composite
Stiffness: Medium stiffness
Features: Lightweight (245g), adaptable cup insole, perforated synthetic leather upper
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Featuring a carbon composite sole and perforated synthetic leather upper, this Shimano road cycling shoe possesses impressive stiffness for its price. The Shimano’s Dynalast technology, meanwhile, allows more of your power to transfer through the sole to produce relentless forward motion.


Bont Helix Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Boa IP1
Sole: Undirectional carbon monocoque
Stiffness: Super-stiff
Features: Heat mould-able chassis, memory foam padding, lightweight (230g)
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The Helix Road Shoe from Bont is a professional-standard cycling shoe, dedicated to comfort with a fully mouldable chassis. By putting the shoes in a household oven and warming the chassis material until slightly soft,  you can alter the shape of the bottom shoe to comfortably and specifically fit your feet.


Mavic Cosmic Elite Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Mavic Ergo Dial QR
Sole: Energy Carbon Composite
Stiffness: Medium-stiffness
Features: Aramid Ergo Straps for precise adjustment, low price (£94.99*), Endofit™ tongue
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Designed with a sole using an Energy Carbon Composite, every watt of power is transferred from your legs into the pedals for an explosive cadence.


Gaerne Carbon Stilo+ SPD-SL Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: Boa IP-1
Sole: EPS lightweight full carbon sole
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Injection-moulded anatomic heel-cup, high-comfort insole, comfort fit tongue
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The EPS lightweight full carbon soles on these Carbon Stilo+ shoes ensure total lightness and firmness. You also get ultimate pedalling power without losing energy due to the ultra-thin carbon which allows the feet to be positioned at a minimal distance from the pedals.


Gaerne Tornado SPD-SL Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: Boa L6
Sole: EPS Carbon Power sole
Stiffness: Medium-stiffness
Features: Laser-drilled microfibre upper, air ventilation system, comfort fit tongue
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

These G. Tornado Shoes are perfect for cyclists looking for efficient shoes with the best technical features for both racing and training. The structure of the soles utilise Gaerne’s EPS Carbon Power which is made of nylon reinforced with carbon fibre to provide superior rigidity.


Gaerne Carbon Stilo Summer SPD-SL Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: BOA IP-1
Sole: EPS Lightweight Full Carbon Sole
Stiffness: Stiff
Features:  Injection-moulded anatomic carbon heel-cup, laser-drilled microfibre upper, tarsal area support
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Gaerne Carbon Stilo Summer SPD-SL Road Shoes boast high-end performance and comfort that is ready for the professional stage.


Sidi Shot Carbon SPD-SL Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Double Tecno-3 Push
Sole: Vent Carbon Sole
Stiffness: Stiff
Features:  Microfibre techpro upper, reflex adjustable heel retention device, aerodynamic design
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

As Sidi’s flagship road shoe, the Shot Carbon is the weapon of choice for many in the pro peloton including three-time Tour de France champion, Chris Froome.


Sidi Wire Carbon Air Vernice Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: Double Tecno-3 Push
Sole: Vent Carbon Sole
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Soft Instep 3 closure system for microadjusted fit, techno-3 System dials with non-binding wire for custom fit
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The Wire Carbon Air Vernice Road Shoe features all the outstanding quality and top-end features that make Sidi the choice of top professionals.


Fizik R1 Infinito Knit Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Double Infinito IP1-B
Sole: Full UD Carbon Vented
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: New knitted fabric upper,lightweight (255g), highly breathable
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The R1 Infinito Road Shoe brings together the perfect mixture of comfort and technology for the ultimate road experience, featuring Fizik’s first ever knitted pro-cycling shoe with unrivalled ventilation thanks to the new mesh footbed insole.


Fizik R5B Womens SPD-SL Road Shoes 2018

Closure system: Boa IP1
Sole: Carbon Reinforced Nylon
Stiffness: Medium-stiffness
Features: Reflective heel cap, lightweight (215g), microtex upper
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Built with perforated Microtex and reflective heel cap, Fizik R5B Women’s SPD-SL road shoes feature a carbon reinforced outsole and Boa IP1 closure system for a great fit and pedalling efficiency.


Fizik R3 Aria Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Double Boa IP1-B Dials
Sole: UD Carbon Fibre
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Advanced ventilation system, lightweight (243g), microtex upper
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The R3 Aria deploys two micro-adjustable Boa IP1-B dials to deliver customised comfort that can be adjusted on the go. Tightening your fitting is easy with the closure system moulding the protective Microtex upper around the foot.


dhb Troika Road Shoe 2018

Closure system: Ergonomic offset strap system
Sole: Nylon Sole
Stiffness: Medium-stiffness
Features: Semi-perforated upper for breath-ability, low cost (£52*)
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

The dhb Troika Road Shoes are designed to offer all round performance and versatility at an incredible price, whether you’re on a commute, a sportive, or just at the beginning of your cycling journey.


dhb Aeron Carbon Road Shoe Dial 2018

Closure system: ATOP dial adjustment
Sole: Carbon fibre
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Ergonomic strap system, excellent ventilation, low cost (£90*)
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Engineered for high performance cycling the dhb Aeron Carbon Road Shoes Dial are both lightweight and stiff. Providing comfort and support, designed with a slim profile they offer plenty of toe box room and a ventilated upper.


dhb Aeron Carbon Road Shoe Ratchet 2018

Closure system: ATOP ratchet system
Sole: Carbon fibre
Stiffness: Stiff
Features: Ergonomic strap system, excellent ventilation, low cost (£47.99 – £71.99*)
More details at Chain Reaction Cycles

Taking a premium carbon sole and pairing with a ATOP Ratchet system the Aeron Road Shoes are designed for speed, whilst also delivering on comfort.

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(*Price correct at time of writing only. Subject to change)

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