BUYERS GUIDE TO SELECTING THE RIGHT TRIATHLON SHOES
Road & Triathlon cycling shoes use a three-bolt cleat mount. This means that they are only compatible with "road style" clip-in systems, such as Shimano SPD-SL and Look pedal/cleat systems.
Please note that cleats are never provided with shoes.
STRAP CLOSURE AND HEEL LOOPS
Most triathlon shoes use a single wide Velcro strap to secure your foot. This makes it easy to adjust and undo the strap whilst you are on the bike; a key part of transition during a triathlon. The lack of buckles also means it is more comfortable if you place your foot on top of the shoe as you pedal into transition. Another helpful feature to look out for is loops on the heel, which allow you to pull the shoe on quickly during transition.
Triathlon shoes tend to be heavily ventilated, to allow the foot to dry after a swim. Look for shoes with mesh panels that will help air flow over the foot, and keep you comfortable during your time on the bike. Triathlon shoes are also made with unique inners to aid in ventilation as well as comfort for those who choose to ride without socks (to speed up time in transition).