As in many other sports, if you are serious about your bicycle riding, you may want to get bike shoes designed for better performance.
Of course, anyone can ride a bike in just about any shoes, but someone who bicycles regularly, especially competitively, can improve their cycling performance with shoes which have been designed specifically for bicycling.
Unlike the common athletic shoes with which you are probably familiar, bike shoes are typically designed to have stiffer soles, thus providing a more efficient energy transfer as you pedal.
It is not uncommon to combine bicycle shoes with a compatible pedal to keep your feet securely and firmly on the bicycle. Such a "clipless" shoe and pedal combination offers optimum control with a minimum amount of your pedaling energy being lost.
Bicycle Shoes and Shoe Covers
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