Road bike shoes offer the wearer a whole host of benefits, such as keeping your feet cool through innovative, breathable materials, and really optimising your power transfer through pedalling motions. These factors really do matter on longer rides, or in competition, and the advantages of investing in a first-rate pair of road shoes become increasingly evident the longer you wear them. Road shoes also feature cleverly designed and engineered fastenings and ratchets, meaning you’ll be able to slip in and out of them with a snug fit in a flash.
We’d definitely recommend that before you head out on the roads whilst wearing clipless road shoes, you take some time practicing clipping in and out of your clipless pedals. If you’re not used to this motion, it might take a few practice sessions before you’re entirely comfortable, but it will become second nature once you’ve mastered it. If you don’t have a bike stand to practice with, you can simply rest your bike against a wall to allow you a safe method of getting the hang of it.