Triathlon Shoes Vs Road Cycling Shoes – Which Are Best For Triathlon?



Road cycling shoes versus triathlon shoes; what’s your preference, when do you wear them, do you know which is better for the style or distance of racing that you’re doing…?

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See when I first started triathlon I got myself a pair of triathlon bike shoes, and off I went. It wasn’t until a few years later that I actually wore my first pair of cycling specific shoes…and I couldn’t believe what I had been missing out on.

Now I do most of my training in cycling shoes, race longer distance tris in cycling shoes and then short distances tri’s in triathlon shoes. But that’s just my preference, and there are so many pros and cons to each. So, let’s put these shoes head to head, in cycling shoes versus triathlon shoes.

Some of you may be watching this now and scratching your heads… triathlon shoes – for triathlon – that’s why they were designed, surely? You wouldn’t see the Brownlee brothers wearing road cycling shoes in an ITU race.
True, but on the same score, we often see some of the top pros like Jan Frodeno, Ben Hoffman and Sebastien Kienle riding in road cycling shoes.

So, before get too carried away with all of that, let’s quickly run through the two different styles of shoes. Firstly, the pure road cycling shoe.

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