Shimano has extended its range of indoor-specific cycle clothing with the IC1 shoes that are aimed at riders that favour spin classes. A mesh upper is used for maximum breathability and the glass fibre reinforced nylon sole can take either 2-bolt or 3-bolt cleats.
Indoor cycling, be that for the avid roadie or the occasional attendee of a spin class, can be a rather sweaty experience. Shimano’s IC1 indoor cycling shoes claim to be a highly breathable option for riders that don’t want to ruin their nice summer cycling shoes through countless hours spent getting the virtual miles in through the colder months.
The mesh upper has been used to allow for maximum ventilation says Shimano and the sole also gets plenty of venting to further aid this.
This sole is constructed from reinforced nylon which Shimano says will provide “optimal power transfer” though the sole won’t be as stiff as a high-end race shoe. Internally, Shimano says that adaptable arch support has been provided to ensure a comfortable, customised fit.
Given the variety of pedal systems used, particularly on spin bikes, Shimano has drilled the soles for both 2-bolt and 3-bolt cleat systems. To aid walking on slippery studio floors, a large rubber heel bumper covers the rear of the shoe.
A simple closure system is used with just one wide strap that crosses the foot twice and is secured using a velcro tab. To help users get the shoes on, the sock-like design gets a central elasticated section and the heel features a pull tab.
The IC1 shoes come in black only and cost £69.99. We’ve asked for a pair to test as this could be an interesting option for keen Zwifters.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.