Whenever anyone asks about my cycling shoes I get really excited. Yes, I’m that girl in class that wants to pass the torch of cycling shoe wisdom onto the next member of the VIBE Tribe. Like most people that start spinning, you don’t anticipate how often you will go to class until your first few classes that get you hooked. I made a commitment to myself to kickstart my fitness goals but spinning was just something I thought I would just try for a month (how habits start!). I started off with my regular go-to workout sneakers, but there’s always that traumatic moment that just does it for you and makes you want to leave your usual kicks out of spinning for good.
My traumatic moment (okay it wasn’t that bad) was during class. I had been spinning for about a month and half, never had a problem spinning with my sneakers. During class one day, I was in the zone, we were sprinting, I could feel the energy and then… my shoelace got stuck in the bike. Caught off guard and freaking out like an animal caught in a trap, I tugged at my foot. If this ever happens to you DO NOT TUG. It twisted my ankle (no severe injury, just painful!). Ashley had to get off her bike in the middle of class, go get scissors and cut me out to set me free. After that I was determined to get a pair of indoor cycling shoes.
Honestly, getting my indoor cycling shoes was the best decision I’ve ever made to enhance my spinning experience. Not only do I not have to worry about getting my laces caught in the bike (double and triple knotting does not always work!), but I also feel more connected to the bike —I’m not afraid of popping out of the bike and I can fully enjoy my spinning experience, stress free!
I totally get it that indoor cycling shoes can be expensive. However, they are totally worth the investment in yourself, but if you are cool with just sneakers, YOU DO YOU. Always do what makes you feel the most comfortable and enjoy your VIBE experience YOUR way.
I highly recommend GIROs, they are pretty popular around the studio. They are only my first pair and as I do love them, they are a bit stiffer and more narrow than what I’ve observed from other options. There are also TIEMs and New Balance that are pretty popular and allow for the same stability without the obvious stiffness of GIROs. Try to do your research and figure out what is best for your needs. No matter what brand, indoor cycling shoes are a must for many avid spinners.
P.S.!!! Indoor cycling shoes DO NOT come with cleats, they are sold separately and screw on the bottom (it’s what clips you into the bike!). So don’t be like me and show up to class pumped to try out my new shoes… without the cleats. Also, it takes a couple of classes to learn how to click in, once you get it down, it’s a piece of cake!