Cycling shoes aren’t known for their cocoon-like comfort or looks, so we were overjoyed that the Giro Regime cycling shoes offered style and substance (without sacrificing performance).
Slipping the shoe on feels like wearing a second sock, as the smooth Synchwire upper seems to instantly adapt to the shape of our feet. We also loved being able to secure them around our ankles and forefoot in under a second by twisting the dual Boa L6 dials to the desired tightness – like many of Peloton’s other best shoes (opens in new tab) rely on a single dial or less precise Velcro.
Size range: 6.5 – 14
Available colours: Black, white, carbon/copper and harbor blue anodized
Clip Compatibility: Three Hole Street
Plug them into our Peloton Bike (opens in new tab) (You’ll need to buy and attach three-bolt cleats for this) We found the brand lived up to their promise of a carbon composite soleplate that delivered efficient power transfer and offered a responsive feel as we pedaled. And a subtle laser perforation throughout the midfoot and forefoot kept our feet from overheating during really sweaty spin sessions.
We tested a pair in the all-black colorway that looked like both a stealth bomber and a cycling shoe with their sleek profile, which we appreciated compared to the chunky looks of many of the competition.
All of these premium features earned the Giro Regime cycling shoes a top spot in our proven compilation of the best shoes for Peloton. So for anyone looking for a quality cycling shoe that looks good and performs even better, we can’t recommend these shoes highly enough.
price and availability
The Giro Regime cycling shoes have an MSRP of $240 in the US and £229.99 in the UK. This makes them the most expensive option in our roundup of the best shoes for Peloton, but you get what you pay for here, as they’re one of our top-rated spinning shoes, after all. They can be purchased from the Giro website or are available from a number of retailers, many of whom offer them at a discounted price.
design and functions
- Score for design and features: 4.5/5
The minimalist design of the Giro Regime cycling shoes was well received by our testers. The understated color combinations are a classy touch, and using the Boa L6 dials instead of the Velcro closure gives them a sleek aesthetic that looked like it was built for speed.
The Boa L6 watch faces work by attaching a thin cable – where the laces would be in a standard shoe. Turn them clockwise and you can increase lace tension in 1mm increments, each indicated by a click of the dial, allowing you to find the right fit with precision. This also makes them a breeze to put on and take off, as you can release all of the tension in the laces by gently pulling the dial away from the shoe until you hear a faint popping sound.
Unfortunately, the L6 system can only tighten the fit, so if you want to loosen it you’ll have to release any tension before tightening it back down to the desired fit. However, this is a small black mark on an otherwise efficient and effective lacing system.
The upper features a one-piece Synchwire design with a thermobonded Exo structure. While that may sound like a mouthful to first-time cycling shoe buyers, the result is a supportive and accommodating fit around the midfoot and a lightweight (a US size 11 is just over 9.3 ounces) shoe that won’t weigh you down on longer rides.
Laser-perforated ventilation on the front and sides of the shoes let our feet breathe when Peloton instructors had us hot under the collar during intense sessions, and the carbon-composite footplate felt responsive as we pressed the pedal to metal .
Making a comfortable cycling shoe is a fine art. You need to find a functional balance between being flexible enough to conform to your foot and firm enough to hold it in place. But like a consummate tightrope walker, the Giro Regime cycling shoes confidently walk the line between the two.
The upper has enough support to keep your foot in place while you keep up with the trainers, but we found it was still malleable enough that our feet never felt constricted or sore. We liked the ability to tinker with the tightness in 1mm increments in the upper and lower foot, thanks to the dual Boa L6 fit system. This allowed us to customize our fit so that the shoes wrap around our heel and midfoot like a second skin.
The carbon composite sole provides the necessary rigidity to ensure good power transfer from foot to pedal in the down and up phase of the movement.
So, with this potent combination of comfort and performance at your fingertips (or should we say toes?), all you need to do is lock in and prepare to climb the Peloton leaderboards.
It’s about time we put those shoes on our feet and give you first-hand feedback. And fortunately, after a series of long and short cycles, intense sessions and active recovery drives, we can happily report that they haven’t let us down.
The one-piece Synchwire upper fitted and felt like a second skin thanks to the shoes’ lightness. Unlike many of the cycling shoes we tested, they also offered a true-to-size fit, so you didn’t need to buy a size up like we found with the Nike SuperReps and Shimano RC1s.
We also loved the dual Boa L6 fit system, which allowed us to quickly slip the shoes around our (often problematically narrow) feet, keeping our heel and midfoot securely locked in place. However, there wasn’t excessive pressure around the forefoot and our toes had enough wiggle room to keep us comfortable throughout all rides.
The inability to loosen the fit without using the Boa dial’s pop-release feature – which releases any tension in the black “shoelaces” – is a downside to the design, especially if you want to quickly adjust them while you’re moving are on the machine. Still, they don’t take long to re-tighten, especially compared to Velcro and lace-up systems, and the fact that you can adjust them in 1mm increments is fantastic for finding your perfect fit.
This personalization continues in the carbon fiber composite footplate. There is 5mm fore and aft cleat adjustment, meaning you can place the cleats further forward or backward as desired. And once we fitted our cleats and started cycling, we found that the firmness of the sole provided a fantastic platform for transferring power from our feet to the pedals.
We were also grateful for the perforated holes that run across the toe and down either side of the shoes, which provide much-needed ventilation during intense interval sessions on the bike and keep our feet from overheating.
- Value for money score: 3.5/5
Their price tag ($240/£229.99 RRP) may be high, but the Giro Regime cycling shoes justify it with their top-of-the-line performance. If you’re just looking to get moving with a few peloton sessions a week, the extra expense of a top-notch pair of cycling shoes might not be worth it. However, if you use the machine more often and have a broader interest in cycling (these cleats can be used with most road bikes), it may be worth investing in your comfort and performance.
We struggled to say a bad word about the Giro Regime cycling shoes. The innovative Boa L6 pivot system makes on and off a breeze, while the sock-like fit and slim profile mean they look good and feel comfortable. The price might put some people off, but serious cyclists and peloton regulars will love these shoes.
If you’re looking for a stylish pair of shoes for your Peloton bike but don’t want to shell out hundreds of pounds, the Nike SuperRep Cycles (above) are a good looking alternative available at a fraction of the Giro price .
Or, if you’re looking for premium performance at a more affordable price, the Shimano RC1 is a decent cycling shoe that you can pick up for under £100.
The shoes have earned 4.4 stars out of five on Amazon, with satisfied customers praising the shoes’ look and fit. Interestingly, many customers with wide feet report that the shoes feel very comfortable and not too tight.
One person gave the shoe a negative review due to the small size – but they are definitely in the minority here as most people are happy with the fit.
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