A firm favorite in our eyes, the Santic Jian1 cycling shoe makes our list of best shoes for Peloton (opens in new tab). With lots of fun style and a lower price point than many of its competitors, like the Rapha cycling shoe, we rank these shoes as our best mid-range option for the more budget-conscious buyer.
The color palette is a bit lacking, and they’re dangerously close to the bowling shoe look, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have some super fun and bright color blocking to get into. The Santic shoes are primarily designed for road cycling, but they are also suitable for Peloton bikes (opens in new tab) compatible, which is top news for avid spinners looking to bring their cycling indoors. They also come with road cleats, so there’s no need to break the bank with extras.
Size range: 4.5-12
Available colours: Red, Black/Pink, Yellow, Black/Orange
Clip Compatibility: Look Delta (3-Hole), SPD-SL (3-Hole), (Peloton)
Consisting of a BOA closure system (a dial to tighten or loosen the shoe) and a Velcro strap to securely fasten the forefoot, these shoes are clearly designed for a quick fit for all riders. Ventilation holes pierced through the shoe also improve breathability, allowing your feet to breathe a sigh of relief on those long-distance rides.
Hop on some of the best indoor trainers in the world or hit the streets, either way, the Santic Jian1 cycling shoe gets the job done well. Whether you’re ready to invest or need some more convincing, our Santic Jian1 cycling shoe review has everything you need to know.
price and availability
These shoes come in at a slightly cheaper mid-range price of $139.99 / £111.15. We know that still doesn’t feel cheap, but they come with road cleats (unlike the Nike SuperReps) and – given the price tag of the Santics competitors – this feels like a bargain. You can buy these shoes direct from Santic or most other major bike retailers in the US, UK and Europe.
design and functions
- Score for design and features: 3.5/5
Santic is all about performance shoes for all-weather cyclists, and that certainly reflects in the design. The Santic Jian1 cycling shoe has an outdoor feel, which makes sense as the shoe is designed primarily as a road cycling shoe. Constructed from a PU upper and a nylon composite outsole, the shoe feels sturdy but supple – Santic says this provides comfort on long-distance rides without sacrificing pedaling efficiency. They do feel stiff, however, and wearing them involved some interesting gymnastics from our tester.
Instead of laces or Velcro, the BOA (better known as a micro-adjustable upper dial) closure system on the side of the shoe allows you to attach (or detach) very thin wires while rotating the dial. It’s a brilliantly coordinated design strategy, and the shoe satisfactorily hugs your foot without suffocating. There is Velcro to attach your forefoot, but the dial does most of the work.
However, we preferred the mesh design idea of the Nike SuperReps to the narrow fit of the Shimano RC1 shoes as they gave our feet a little more flexibility. The Santics would have found more appeal if they were more customized to the user.
We have to say that these cycling shoes perfect comfort and we found them to be more comfortable to wear than some of the more expensive models. When we first saw them, comfort was the last thing on our mind – they’re so reminiscent of bowling shoes (and stiff-plank-looking, too) that we could only imagine limping around after the endurance ride. But once they’re on, they’re super comfortable and roomy, with a wide enough feel that you’re not limited to the shoe.
The dial could have offered a bit more tightness around the foot, but it held up with no slippage during the push and pull phases of our cycle. However, the PVC tongue digs in when you flex your foot and doesn’t feel essential. We recommend users to be careful when walking around as the shoes felt slippery underfoot as we headed to our peloton for a ride. Other brands, like the Nike SuperRep, have a rubber sole that offers a little more grip underfoot when walking.
The Jian1 shoe holds its own in the test. We found the Santic-supplied cleat to be quite clunky and difficult to install, so we went with our own 3-bolt compatible cleat to complete our testing. We used the handy included washers, screws and our own allen key to deftly secure the cleats in place, and they snapped right onto the Peloton pedals with no fuss. If you’re new to cleats, learn how cycling shoes work (opens in new tab) is a useful first step.
The shoes are super easy to slip on and off, with just a quick twist of the dial and flipping over the Velcro. We felt a brilliantly smooth foot-to-pedal connection that held up very well throughout the test – particularly on uphill sprints where the cable is fairly robust. The cleat stayed securely on the sole of the shoe with no visible signs of movement after use.
- Value for money score: 3.5/5
Santic managed to pack durability and comfort into one product, which is what we rate. What appears stiff and unforgiving from the outside turns out to be super roomy and more supple than expected, and we expect these shoes will stand the test of time.
Given that the brand includes a pair of cleats with your purchase, we think it’s a valiant effort and certainly worth your money.
We were very impressed with this pair and think it’s a solid bet for weirdos and road users alike. While we weren’t aesthetically convinced, we’ll concede that it’s not all about looks – and these shoes shined when it came to comfort (although they could have fitted the foot better).
If you want the flexibility of both 2-eye and 3-eye cycling shoes, along with an understated and stylish design, the Nike SuperReps (pictured above) are well received by us. They’re more expensive and don’t have cleats, but we loved their color palette and flexible mesh upper.
We also liked the Shimano RC1 cycling shoes, which are exclusive to Peloton and offer Delta cleat compatibility at a very reasonable price of $90. The cleats are not included, but you can buy them online along with an SPD adapter.
As we tested
We tested the Santic Jian1 cycling shoe in our purpose-built test center and gave it a 1-5 rating based on the following criteria:
- price and availability
- design and functions
For all models, we’ve embarked on a fast-paced HIIT course and active recovery session to ensure each shoe lasts and performs—regardless of the user’s training preferences.
We then gave the shoes an overall rating of five, with a final verdict summarizing each model’s strengths and weaknesses and whether we felt they were ride-ready.
The Santic cycling shoes received 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Users are pleased that these shoes are compatible with Peloton and praise the comfort and affordability. Others liked that the shoe didn’t run too big or too small, which meant they could shop by their actual shoe size. Negative feedback states that the dialing system needs an overhaul and the Delta clips were not easy to attach.
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