Are you looking for a pair of vegan cycling shoes? They're not easy to find, but we've hand-selected 10 pairs that you can strap up and hit the road with.
Check them out below...
VEGAN CYCLING SHOES
1. Women's Mica MTB Trail Rider Cycling Shoes by Louis Garneau
- Designed with removable studs on the outsoles to prevent mud buildup and provide traction on the ground, the Louis Garneau Mica MTB shoes are excellent for mountain biking.
- Secure with adjustable ratchet straps.
- Constructed with arch support and reflective heels for visibility in low light.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but they're mesh fabric and synthetic leather.
- Pros: Created by Olympic cyclist Louis Garneau, the company tends to be trusted for durable cycling shoes. Get these for trail riding in the muddy seasons.
- Cons: They're a little pricey.
2. Men's X-ALP Canyon Cycling Shoes by Pearl Izumi
- Pearl Izumi's X-ALP Canyon shoes ease the switch from cycling to walking when you need to walk your bike for a stretch.
- Lace-up with seamless uppers and EVA midsole cushioning.
- Composite midsole shanks hook up to SPD pedal systems.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but these shoes use textile and synthetic materials.
- Pros: For road biking, indoor cycling and commutes to work, these adaptable cycling shoes are comfy and sensible.
- Cons: The sizing might be on the small side.
3. Women's Pista 100 Road Cycling Shoes by Tommaso
- Whether you're just getting into cycling or searching for spin class shoes, these clipless shoes are practical and compatible with SPD and SPD-SL systems.
- Uppers are constructed with mesh and resilient faux leather.
- Reinforced fiberglass soles optimize power transfer for economical energy usage.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But they're all synthetic.
- Pros: They're pretty reasonably priced and suitable for newbies per Tammaso's advice. It's also nice that they function with both SPD and SPD-SL cleats.
- Cons: They seem to run a half to a whole size large.
4. Unisex Elite Road Cycling Shoes from Gavin
- These clipless road cycling shoes are made with synthetic leather and mesh ventilation for durable but breathable uppers.
- Made with sturdy nylon fiberglass soles.
- Adjustable with ratcheting buckle straps.
- Advertised as vegan: No. However, they use human-made materials.
- Pros: They're some of the most inexpensive vegan cycling shoes we've come across—a good compromise for spinning class.
- Cons: Some reviewers find the uppers less firm than they'd like, though others have been quite happy with their purchase.
5. Women's Select Road V5 Studio CYcling Shoes by Pearl Izumi
- The manufacturer describes these shoes as humid weather-ready with antimicrobial mesh uppers and moisture-wicking features.
- Ventilated for air flow.
- Made with three-hole road cleat and SPD cleat mounts.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But they're all synthetic.
- Pros: They're comfortable, attractive and airy, perfect for summer mugginess and hot spin classes.
- Cons: None that seem unreasonable.
6. Men's Genius 7 Mega Road Cycling Shoes by Sidi
- If you find your toes squished in other road cycling shoes, these offer extra toe space for a comfortable ride.
- Soft Instep Closure System boasts anatomical straps and pressure-distributing EVA pads.
- Designed with slip-resistant heels, heel cups and Velcro straps with caliper buckles.
- Advertised as vegan: No, though they're made with eco-friendly microfiber.
- Pros: Many cyclists swear by Sidi footwear. These are nice and wide, a quality that can be difficult to find in cycling shoes.
- Cons: They're expensive.
7. Unisex Hawaii Triathlon Cycling Shoes by Triseven
- Constructed with single Velcro closures and SPD plus SPD–SL capacity, these shoes are simple and functional.
- Mixed synthetic leather and mesh uppers provide support and breathability.
- Built with convenient heel tabs.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but they're all synthetic.
- Pros: If efficiency is the name of the game, these might be just what you need. They're meant to accommodate road cycling and marathon training.
- Cons: None that appear obvious.
8. Women's SH-RP201 Road Cycling Shoes from Shimano
- The perforated synthetic leather uppers and lightweight soles are a good mix of air flow and endurance enhancement.
- Easy fastening with triple Velcro hook-and-loop straps.
- Made with removable foam insoles and cushioned collars.
- Advertised as vegan: No. However, the materials are human-made.
- Pros: Zappos recommends them for indoor exercise and light road cycling, which probably means that they're ideal transitional cycling shoes.
- Cons: We're not sure how heavy-duty they are for advanced cyclists.
9. Men's SH-ME301 Off-Road CYcling Shoes from Shimano
- Take to the trails in Shimano's SH-ME301 off-road cycling shoes for men.
- Synthetic leather uppers and reverse buckles promote security.
- Reinforced midsoles and rubber outsoles are comfortable and grippy.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but they're synthetic shoes.
- Pros: The soles are built for gritty terrains, making them perfect for mountain biking.
- Cons: No deal-breaker cons, though they don't appear to support multiple cleat systems.
10. Women's Techne Cycling Shoes by Giro
- Slick-looking in synthetic leather, the women's Techne cycling shoes by Giro feature two and three-bolt cleat mounts.
- Lined with die-cut insoles.
- Fastened with triple Velcro straps.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But they're faux leather.
- Pros: They're solid cycling shoes for converting to either mountain or road biking if you do a little of both.
- Cons: Reviewers find them a tad snug, so sizing up may be a good idea.