Cheap cycling shoes: Save on Bont, Giro and more in the New Year sales

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 Cheap cycling shoes
Cheap cycling shoes

Retailers are celebrating our entry into 2021 by slashing prices in the New Year bike sales, so if you're in the market for anything cycling, especially a pair of cheap cycling shoes, now is the time to pick up a serious bargain.

Cycling shoes are an entirely personal item and, due to fit requirements, what works for you might not work for the next person. To really decide what works for you, you need to use them, and to use them, you need to pay for them. This makes finding the right pair a potentially expensive endeavour, but luckily the January bike sales can help cut those costs significantly.

As part of our efforts to bring you the best cycling deals, we're rounding up the best cycling shoes deals below. We've got road and mountain bike shoes for readers across the USA and UK, and below that, we round up some of our favourite budget cycling shoes, just in case the cycling shoe deals don't check all the right boxes.

Investing in a pair of the best cycling shoes nowadays requires a lot of cash, so take advantage of the sales and grab yourself a bargain. Scroll down to see what we've found.

Cycling shoe deals USA

Under $100

Shimano SH-RT400 | 46% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $120.00| Now $64.95
In a grey/mint colourway, the SH-RT400 is a women's cycling shoe only available in EU37. With almost half-off, this entry-level women's shoe is a steal, if you're the right size to take advantage of it.View Deal

dhb Dorica | 20% off at Wiggle
Was $110.00 | Now $88.00
With a choice of black, white or gray, and sizing from EU39 - EU48, there will be a pair of shoes here to match the majority of your wants and needs. View Deal

Fizik R5 Tempo Powerstrap | 25% off at Amazon
Was $119.99 | Now $89.99
The R5 Tempo Powerstraps are currently discounted in Navy only, but available in most sizes between EU41 and 47.View Deal

dhb Dorica Carbon | 29% off at Wiggle
Was $125.00 | Now from $88.00
You can choose between camo at $88 and white at $100, and sizing from EU39 - EU48, there will be a pair of shoes here to match the majority of your wants and needs. View Deal

Under $200

Giro Empire SLX | up to 50% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $349.95 | Now from $174.95
You can get a huge saving off these lightweight pro-level shoes from Giro, depending on which colorway and size you opt for. The biggest saving is on the Black/Silver in a size 39, but you can also get the shiny Ultraviolet in sizes 39-43 for under $190. Otherwise, you can still get 20% off the Black Yasuda.View Deal

Giro Factor Techlace | Up to 50% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $349.95 | Now from $174.95
Another high-end shoe with a big discount if you've got the right size feet and aren't too fussed about the color. Grab a size 45 in yellow for a full 50% saving, or save between 46% and 20% on all the other options.View Deal

Pearl Izumi Race Road V5 Women's | 20% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $160.00 | Now $128.00
If you're looking to upgrade from your entry-level kicks to some advanced race day shoes, these road shoes from Pearl Izumi offer some great features without the eye-watering price tag that accompanies many high-end race shoes, plus there's now a 20% saving, provided you wear a size 36, 37.5, 41.5 or 42.5.View Deal

Shimano SH-RP5 Cycling Shoe Women's | 30% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $150.00 | Now $104.98
Ideal for beginner road cyclists transitioning over to clipless pedals, these shoes from Shimano sit just above entry-level so they can progress with you. Only three sizes are still in stock - 37, 43 and 44 - so act fast.View Deal

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Peak MTB Shoes | 30% off at REI
Was $150.00 | Now $104.73
These shoes were made for walking, according to Pearl Izumi. The X-Alp Peaks are designed to help you tackle both on- and off-bike sections. Currently sizes 39-41 are discounted at REI in Black/Shadow Grey.View Deal

Giro Empire ACC | 65% off at Jenson USA
Was $300.00 | Now $104.99
This is a great deal on the Empire ACC shoes if you have small feet, with the silver option being available in EU39, 39.5, 40 and 41.View Deal

Ride Concepts TNT Mountain Bike Shoes | 30% off at REI
Was $160.00 | Now $111.73
Ideal for riding outside your comfort zone, the TNT MTB shoes from Ride Concepts provide all the grip, protection, durability and comfort needed for most off-road riding.View Deal

Fizik R4B Road Shoe | 54% off at ProBikeKit USA
Was $238.49 | Now $110.99
Fizik's R4B road shoes are designed to be a go-to for race day, thanks to the laser-perforated Microtex upper that's light, durable and breathable, and the Boa IP1 and Micro Straps closure system for a precision fit. Only the black shoes remain in size EU37.View Deal

Giro Empire VR70 Knit | 20% off at Backcountry
Was $249.95 | Now from $199.96
Giro's iconic knit fabric finds its way onto an off-road shoe, with high breathability and an ankle cuff for warmth. Three colorways are available in a range of sizes from 39-48 are currently in stock.View Deal

Bont Riot+ MTB Shoe | up to 37% off at ProBikeKit
Was $219.49 | Now from $140.99
The Bont Riot+ is an entry-level carbon composite MTB shoe that's heat moldable. All sizes from 39-48 are currently in stock, with prices varying depending on your choice of size and color. View Deal

Giro Empire ACC | Up to 50% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $299.95 | Now from $149.97
While the price is far cheaper at Jenson USA, the availability of sizes is much greater here, with a choice of six colors and a variety of sizes, these lace-up shoes are as much a style icon as they are a great cycling shoe. View Deal

Shimano RP9 | 33% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $300.00 | Now from $199.95
With availability spanning three colours and a full spectrum of sizing, there's sure to be something here for all of us. View Deal

Under $300

Northwave Extreme RR | up to 40% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $399.95 | Now from $239.98
The RR stands for Road Race, and the ultralight carbon sole with stiffness index of 15 is designed to put out as much power as possible. If you've been wanting a serious set of kicks but baulked at the $400 price tag, perhaps this will be more palatable. View Deal

Giro Factress Techlace | 30% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $349.95 | Now $244.99
The women's version of the Factor Techlace, the Factress is a high-end road-race shoe designed specifically for women, and combining an Easton carbon sole with synthetic microfiber upper for support and breathability.View Deal

Sidi Genius SR7 Shadow Women's | 20% off at REI
Was $260.00 | Now $207.93
Stock is starting to get quite low, and the only sizes remaining are between 37 and 39, with half-sizes available in between. The Sidi Genius SR7 Shadow shoes are lightweight, with carbon soles and ratcheting buckles for a precision fit. Constructed with a women-specific last, it's been designed to support a narrower heel and a more tapered foot shape.View Deal

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader v4 | 30% off at REI
Was $350.00 | From $244.73
These lightweight, stiff and breathable performance road shoes from Pearl Izumi feature seamless uppers that minimise pressure points for a comfortable fit. Discounts available in black and yellow and there are lots of sizes still in stock.View Deal

Bont Helix Road Shoes | Up to 48% off at ProBikeKit
Was $438.99 | Now from $237.99
The Bont Helix is available in an array of sizes, with discounts varying. Grab yourself a lightweight and stiff carbon race shoe while the going's good.View Deal

Fizik R1 Infinito Cycling Shoe | 29% off at Chain Reaction Cycles
Was $399.95 | Now from $287.00
Fizik's R1 Infinito shoe is a class-leader, with exceptional power transfer and an ultra-lightweight of 232g. You can currently save a bundle on them if you're quick, with the most size availability in the black/red model.View Deal

Shimano SH-RC901 S-Phyre road shoes | Up to 31% off at Backcountry
Was $425.00 | Now from $294.95
Since the RC902 was launched a couple of months ago, it's only right that the previous model has some serious discounts. Four colors available, with some having more limited sizing in stock than others.View Deal

Cycling shoe deals UK

Under £100

Northwave Core | 44% off at Tredz
Was £89.99 | Now £49.99
Save almost half price on the Black version of these road shoes from Northwave, with all sizes between 40 and 46 still available. Perfect for entry-level and intermediate riders, with the carbon reinforced sole, stiffness rating of 8, and breathable mesh inserts for comfort.View Deal

Scott Team Boat | 35% off at Rutland Cycling
Was £124.99 | Now £80.99
With their ErgoLogic adjustable insole, anatonic fit strap, BOA dial for micro adjustment and stiffness index of 8, the Scott Team Boat road shoes are ideal for long-distance comfort. Grab a bargain in a size 40, 43.5, 47 or 48 while stocks last.View Deal

Giant Surge Elite | 58% off at Cycle Store
Was £195.00 | Now £79.99
Save over half price on these road shoes with trickle-down performance tech from the Surge Pro. The thermoset composite ExoBeam outsole is mated with a BOA dial and ExoWrap arch support, and you can now get it for under £100. You can also get the Giant Surge Comp half-price if you want to spend even less.View Deal

Specialized Tahoe Womens Bike Shoes | 60% off at Cycle Store
Was £75.00 | Now £29.99
For any woman planning to take up mountain biking in the near future, you can't ask for a better deal on a pair of entry level MTB shoes. The Specialized Tahoe shoes are just a third of their original retail price, and are still available in sizes 36, 37, 38 and 40. Grab a bargain before they sell out.View Deal

Bont Riot | 40% off at ProBikeKit
Was £99.99 | Now £59.99
The Black and White colourway is massively discounted and available in sizes from EU42 and 46.View Deal

dhb Troika MTB | 20% off at Wiggle
Was £80.00 | £64.00
The Troika is currently available in all sizes in both Black and Grey, so there are plenty of deals to be had here. They're designed to be comfortable, durable, and most importantly versatile, ideal for anyone heading off-road, whether it's on gravel paths, mountain bike trails, or the cyclocross course.View Deal

dhb Dorica Road | 20% off at Wiggle
Was £85.00 | Now £68.00
Add a touch of class to your cycling wardrobe with the lace-up dhb Dorica shoes, available in black, white and grey, and with a full range of sizes in stock and on sale.View Deal

Pearl Izumi Select Road V5 | 15% off at Cyclestore
Was £99.99 | Now £84.99
Another black and white set of road shoes, these very stylish V5s from Pearl Izumi are still available in sizes EU39-43, 48, and 49.View Deal

Under £150

Giro Trans BOA | up to 35% off at Wiggle
Was £179.99 | From £116.99
Stock is limited but if you're a size 40, 41, 43 or 48, you're in luck, with the two larger sizes receiving the biggest discount.View Deal

Specialized Torch 2.0 Road | 21% off at Cyclestore
Was £165.00 | Now £129.99
These shoes are all about comfort and performance, designed to carry the necessary stiffness for efficient power output, while also cupping and supporting your foot in a way that's comfortable and sustainable over a long day in the saddle. Combining Body Geometry sole construction and the medium-stiffness FACT carbon sole, the Specialized Torch 2.0 road shoes are currently a bargain.View Deal

Giro Empire VR70 Knit SPD MTB | Up to 43% off at Tredz
Was £229.99 | Now £129.99
Nothing seems as cozy as a pair of mountain biking shoes with knit technology and a snug ankle cuff to keep the cold, the wet and the dirt out. With several colours and all sizes currently available, now's the time to get a great deal on these shoes.View Deal

Under £200

Specialized Torch 3.0 | 22% off at Cycle Store
Was £220.00 | Now £170.00
Save £50 on the 2020 iteration of Specialized's feature-packed performance road shoe. Combining the brand's FACT carbon sole, TPU, mesh and synthetic leather upper, and Body Geometry sole construction, you're in for a comfortable ride.View Deal

Giro Empire E70 Knit | 30% off at Tredz
Was £199.99 | From £155.00
These knit shoes would be perfect for indoor cycling, thanks to their improved ventilation. There are three sizes available: 41, 43 and 44, however only the size 41 gets the best price. All others are at £169.99. There are two colours on offer, which include black and grey/yellow.View Deal

Specialized Torch 3.0 Road | 22% off at Cyclestore
Was £220.00 | Now £170.00
Save £50 on a pair of Specialized Torch 3.0 road shoes, feature-packed with a FACT carbon sole for efficient power transfer, a comfortable and supportive synthetic upper, and Body Geometry sole construction with ergonomic footbeds.

Specialized Torch 3.0 Road | 22% off at Cyclestore
Was £220.00 | £170.00
If you found yourself baulking at the idea of spending over £200 on a pair of road shoes, now you can rest easy. The Specialized Torch 3.0 is the next level up from the deal listed above and comes with similar innovations while also featuring two Boa dials for on-the-fly micro-adjustment, a thermobonded mesh TPU and synthetic upper with specific zone comfort, and a Stiffness Index rating of 8.5.View Deal

Looking for more than shoes in the cycling sales?

If you're shopping for something specific and haven't found it here, don’t worry, Cyclingnews has loads of great cycling buying advice. We also have a number of deals roundups, where you can find deals on road bikes, e-bikes, helmets, turbo trainers and more:

Best budget cycling shoes

Cheap cycling shoes:  Bontrager Circuit
Cheap cycling shoes: Bontrager Circuit

Bontrager Circuit

Best for beginners

Cleats: Two-bolt, three-bolt | Retention: Boa, Velcro | Sole material: 85% Nylon, 15% Fibreglass

Two and three-bolt cleat compatibility

Only two colours to choose from

With its two- and three-bolt cleat compatibility, the Circuit shoes from Bontrager are great for beginners who might prefer the easier clipless action of two-bolt SPD pedals (mountain bike) vs the more secure hold of three-bolt SPD-SL (road).

The two colour choices might be a little limited, but both offer a stylish aesthetic at what is a reasonably affordable price point. The fibreglass-and-nylon-mix sole will offer a combination of comfort and stiffness, and the velcro strap combines with a Boa L6 dial to provide a secure, yet comfortable fit.

Cheap cycling shoes: Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5
Cheap cycling shoes: Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5

Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5

Best for style

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Velcro | Sole material: Carbon reinforced nylon

Comfortable multi-wrap velcro

Only two colours to choose from

Trickling technology down from the type of shoes worn by Fizik's sponsored team Movistar, the Tempo Powerstrap R5 shoes offer a great deal of that premium aesthetic at a surprisingly affordable price. Looks aren't everything though, so it's reassuring to know that, thanks to the wrap-over velcro straps, the Fizik shoes are super comfortable for most foot shapes.

These cheap cycling shoes are anything but cheap when it comes to build quality, and the only shoe in this lineup to use carbon fibre in the sole, it's unsurprising to see the Fizik shoes tip the scales at just 255 grams. Not the lightest here, but not far off.

There are four colours to choose from, and sizes range from a dainty EU36 to a plenty-big-enough EU48.

Cheap cycling shoes: Mavic Cosmic
Cheap cycling shoes: Mavic Cosmic

Mavic Cosmic Boa

Best for light weight

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass

Weight of 250g (claimed)

All four colours are nice

Narrow profile

Tipping the scales at a meagre 250 grams, the Cosmic Boa is a lightweight, narrow shoe with a well-ventilated sole and a breathable upper.

Retention is actioned by a single L6 Boa dial, which operates a lace-like closure across the forefoot for increased comfort. This comfort is complemented by an Ortholite insole and a roomier toe-box to prevent squashed toes.

The outsole is constructed from a mix of nylon and fibreglass, which combine to offer a comfortable platform without a loss of power transfer.

Available in four colours to satisfy all style requirements.

Cheap cycling shoes: Shimano RC5
Cheap cycling shoes: Shimano RC5

Shimano RC5

Best for comfort

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Nylon and fibreglass

Weight of 250g (claimed)

Lots of cleat adjustability


Shimano really knows how to make a great pair of cycling shoes. The Japanese components brand may be better known for its groupsets, but it came out on top of our recent gravel shoes grouptest, and received a strong 4.5 stars in our recent Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes review.

The RC5 features plenty of trickle-down technology from the upper echelons of the range including a Boa dial and Velcro strap for closure, the highly adjustable cleat positioning, and specifically placed padding for improved comfort.

Cheap cycling shoes: Specialized Torch 1
Cheap cycling shoes: Specialized Torch 1

Specialized Torch 1.0

Best for stiffness

Cleats: Three-bolt | Retention: Boa dial, Velcro | Sole material: Injection-molded nylon

Body Geometry comfort considerations

Reflective heel

Makers of some of the most popular shoes in the WorldTour and amateur scenes, Specialized sure knows what it's doing when it comes to footwear. The Torch 1.0 road shoes offer an injection moulded sole for increased stiffness and efficient power transfer. The Boa dial is paired with a velcro strap like a few of the other shoes featured here, and the heel cup features reflective detailing for increased low-light safety.

Rated at 6/15 on the stiffness index, the Torch 1.0 shoes are plenty responsive when it comes to jumping on the pedals, yet the slight flex and Body Geometry sole and footbeds will combine to offer increased comfort for longer days.

The older Torch 1.0 shoes - which feature three velcro straps instead of the Boa dial - are still sparsely available, often with huge discounts, so if you're not sold on the Boa dial for retention, a discount might be available.