The 14 Best Gravel Bike Shoes for Your Gravel Adventures (2021)

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This is a selection of the best gravel bike shoes. It includes mostly shoes for clipless pedals and a few shoes for platforms for both men and women. You will also be pleased if you have narrow, regular, or wide feet because this selection includes them as well.

So whether you are a beginner, advanced, or experienced gravel biker, I am sure you choose a pair that will be the right for you.

The best gravel bike shoes overall are the Fizik X5 Terra. They offer the best price-value ratio (BOA dial fastening, great quality, premium look, durability, and more).

You also find out whether to use clipless or flat pedals (platforms) on a gravel bike, what to look for when buying gravel bike shoes, and much more.

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What Are the Best Gravel Bike Shoes?

Gravel bike shoes for clipless pedals will provide you with the following benefits compared to shoes for flat pedals. Find out more about shoe types ideal for gravel bikes in the How to Choose Gravel Bike Shoes section.

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Shimano SH-RX800

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Fizik X5 Terra

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Five Ten Freerider (also available for women)

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The Best Gravel Bike Shoes for Clipless Pedals

The following shoes are mostly gravel or mountain bike shoes ideal for gravel biking. They are compatible with standard MTB pedals and with hybrid pedals (platform + clipless).

Remember, the stiffer the shoes, the worse for comfortable walking (learn more).

Fizik X5 Terra (Best Gravel Bike Shoes for Clipless Pedals)

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Velcro strap combined with a BOA dial
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 790 g (size 45)
  • Carbon fiber sole with anti-slip pads
  • Perforated upper for better ventilation
  • Reinforced toe box and heel

Fizik X5 Terra are one the best gravel bike shoes for the money. They are well-ventilated thanks to the perforated upper, so your feet won’t sweat as much during hot weather.

Thanks to the loops, you can put them on more easily, making them very practical. The BOA dial will allow you quick and fast fastening (also while riding), and the velcro strap helps adjust the toe box fit. Two BOA dials would be much more convenient in my opinion, but we can’t forget the price.

The sole is made of carbon fiber. This means that they will effectively transfer the energy you put into every pedal stroke – you won’t get as tired during long gravel bike adventures.

If you need to get off your bike and walk some parts of your planned route, you appreciate rubber pads on the sole. Just remember, if the rocks are wet, your feet may slip.

X5 Terra will protect your toes against rocks and other obstacles, thanks to a reinforced toe box. Designers did not forget about heels either. The reinforced heels will hold your heels securely.

Overall, Fizik X5 Terra will fit you well if you have narrow or regular feet. They are not very suitable for riders with wide feet (check Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Gravel instead).

Also available at wiggle.co.uk


You may also be interested in the selection of the best gravel bikes under $1000.


Giro Privateer Lace (Men) & Giro Manta Lace (Women)

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Giro Privateer Lace (Men)
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Giro Manta Lace (Women)

Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 710 g (size 42, pair)
  • Reinforced toe box and heel
  • Durable

Giro Privateer (shoes for men) and Giro Manta (shoes for women) are perfect entry-level options for beginner gravel and mountain bikers.

They are durable, so you don’t have to be afraid of putting them under pressure. Of course, they are not as stiff as more expensive gravel bike shoes, but you will be satisfied with them if you are not performance-oriented.

Comfort is another feature that I can’t forget. It mainly depends on how well they fit you. If you choose the right size, they are great. Laces will ensure you get a firm fastening.

Unfortunately, they are poorly ventilated, although they have perforated upper, so they are not too suitable for hot weather.

The good news is that they have reinforced toe boxes and heels to protect your toes and heels against rocks and twisting your ankles.


Louis Garneau Gravel Bike Shoes

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Velcro straps
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 730 g (pair)
  • Removable studs
  • Reflective heel improving night visibility

These shoes are a good choice for entry-level gravel and mountain bikers who have a limited budget.

They are affordable, durable, and come with a sole equipped with studs that improve traction in mud and other slippery surfaces. A huge benefit (over Giro Privateer Lace) is that you can replace the studs once they wear off.

One detail worth mentioning is the reflective heel that improves your visibility at night. So if you lose track of time and return from your trip at night, you will have one extra safety feature.

The main downsides of these shoes are the 3 velcro straps that are not very convenient and can lose their functionality over time, and they also lack sufficient ventilation.

Louis Garneau gravel bike shoes are ideal for riders with wide feet. They tend to run small, so get a size larger than you normally wear.


Bontrager Evoke

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Velcro straps
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: n/a
  • Soft sole (stiffness index 6 of 14)
  • Great for walking

If you look for gravel bike shoes that are good for walking, Bontrager Evoke should catch your attention.

Their sole is softer than the sole of other budget gravel bike shoes, so they are better for walking. The curved sole design makes walking also a little bit more convenient. It is well designed to provide you traction even in mud.

Evoke are pretty durable, so you don’t have to be afraid of putting them under pressure or ride/walk on rough terrain. They will handle it well.

Keep in mind that they are pretty warm, so they are ideal for spring/autumn riding. If you look for well-ventilated summer shoes, look elsewhere. Louis Garneau Granite 2 could do the job.

The main downside is the tongue which is little bit longer and may cause some discomfort.

Bontrager Evoke are suitable for riders with narrow and regular feet. I also suggest getting a larger size than you are used to wearing because they tend to run small.

Also available at trekbikes.com


Shimano SH-XC5

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 664 g (size 45, pair)
  • Replaceable toe spikes
  • Michelin sole for better traction and mud-shedding
  • Stiffness (7 out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale)
  • Reflective heels

The one feature that fascinated me most about the Shimano SH-XC5 is the Michelin sole. It is made of special rubber that makes mud-shedding easy. You also don’t have to be afraid of a lack of grip on flat surfaces.

Shimano SH-XC5 allow you to walk easily, and yet, they are relatively stiff to avoid energy losses when pedaling. But, if you are performance-oriented, get stiffer shoes like Shimano RX800.

When using laces on cycling shoes, they may be too long and get entangled in the chain. These shoes solve it with an elastic band that you can use for hiding them.

The main disadvantages include poorer ventilation, which goes hand in hand with relatively good resistance to splashing water.

Overall, these shoes are great for casual gravel bikers or people who commute and need nice-looking shoes that offer a great balance of comfort, stiffness, and walkability.


DON’T MISS: Selection of the best gravel bikes under $1500.


Vittoria Tierra

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 592 g (size 42, pair)
  • Carbon fiber sole with anti-slip pads
  • Perforated upper for better ventilation
  • Reinforced toe box and heel
  • Unique “chameleon purple” finish

If you look for gravel shoes that will turn the heads of others, these are the ones. Thanks to their original “chameleon purple” finish, they change colors – from purple through blue to black.

Vittoria Tierra gravel shoes use laces that ensure snug fastening and won’t come untied while riding. Their side effect is a nice, stylish, and casual look.

Vitorria is an Italian brand, and these shoes were made in Italy, so I can’t forget to mention their built quality and attention to detail like the metallic eyelets.

When I shift my attention to performance – you can be sure these shoes will perform well. They are stiff yet comfortable so that you can focus on your ride.

They will also provide you with enough grip to tackle sections where you need to get off your bike and walk.

The main downsides of Tierra shoes are the insufficient arch support due to cheap insole (read article on cycling insoles to solve this), short laces and, of course, the easily scratchable upper.

These shoes are pretty narrow so they are not suitable for riders with wide feet.


Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 Off Road Shoes

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Powerstrap (Velcro)
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 678 g (pair)
  • Very comfortable
  • Perforated upper for better ventilation

Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 shoes are unique thanks to the one of its kind powerstrap fastening system. Unlike standard velcro straps, this one wraps around your feet, ensuring great fastening and comfort.

Although you may not consider a velcro strap as an effective fastening system, this one works well.

Terra X4 are ideal for performance-oriented riders who want to ride long distances. They are stiff, so they provide you with sufficient power transfer. And thanks to their low weight, you won’t get tired as quickly because you won’t have to pull the excessive weight.

The only problem with the soles is that they don’t have anti-slip pads, so if you encounter mud, your feet may slip off. On the other hand, thanks to the sole design, these shoes look almost like road cycling shoes – they are very stylish, in my opinion.

Fizik Terra X4 shoes have a perforated upper for better ventilation during hot days. But the ventilation could be better because it is not as effective as you would expect.

I recommend them for riders with narrow or regular feet.

Also availabe at wiggle.co.uk


Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Gravel

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: BOA Dial
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 682 g (size 43, pair)
  • Great for walking
  • Shock-absorbing heel foam
  • Perforated upper for better ventilation (very well ventilated)

Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Gravel are a little bit underrated, in my opinion. They provide a great price-to-value ratio.

They are relatively stiff to efficiently transfer the power you put into every pedal stroke and move you forward, but they don’t sacrifice your comfort. In fact, they are super-comfy.

Pearl iZUMi integrated an EVA insert in the heel to absorb shocks and impact when walking. This feature further improves your walking experience.

Another great feature is the perforated upper that ensures sufficient ventilation even in hot weather. Yes, I agree. The “X-Alp” name may be confusing and evoke these shoes are for the winter season.

Thanks to the BOA dial fastening, you will be able to fasten them, even while riding. This is a huge advantage compared to gravel shoes with laces. Two BOA dials would be much better, but we cannot forget the price point of these shoes. 2 BOA dials are more common among shoes that are twice as expensive.

X-Alp Gravel shoes are not the best if you look for gravel bike shoes for racing because they are not as stiff as high-end gravel bike shoes like Shimano SH-RX800, but if you prefer comfort, these are the right for you.

Also available at competitivecyclist.com


Louis Garneau Granite 2

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Louis Garneau Granite 2 for men
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Louis Garneau Granite 2 for women

Main Features

  • Fastening system: Velcro strap combined with a BOA dial
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 674 g (size 42, pair)
  • Anti-slip pads
  • Well-ventilated
  • Removable studs

Louis Garneau produces high-quality cycling shoes for an affordable price. Their Granite 2 mountain bike shoes are ideal for gravel biking too. Let me explain why.

Thanks to the anti-slip pads, you get enough traction, especially in mud and other difficult terrains that will require you to hop off your bike. Their mud-shedding capabilities are also great, allowing you to shed mud easily.

They are not designed for long walking, but if you need to buy supplies during your trip, for example, you will be fine.

Granite 2 use a convenient BOA dial with a velcro strap. This combination ensures the shoes wrap around your feet to fit well. Just remember, they are ideal for riders with wide feet. So if you have narrow feet, go for Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Gravel instead.

Considering the price and the features of these shoes, you get a perfect price-to-value ratio. And if you are into more adrenaline disciplines – like cyclocross – you can use them too because they feature removable studs for better traction.


Check this selection of the best gravel bikes under $2000.


Shimano SH-RX800

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Shimano SH-RX800 for women | Source: jensonusa.com

Main Features

  • Fastening system: Velcro strap combined with a BOA dial
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet (also available in wide fit)
  • Weight: 530 g (size 42, pair)
  • Very stiff (10 out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale)
  • Carbon composite sole
  • Perforated upper for better ventilation

The main feature of Shimano SH-RX800 gravel racing shoes is their stiffness. They are as stiff as road cycling shoes providing you with excellent power transfer.

So if you need shoes that won’t waste any bit of your energy you put into pedals (during a race, for example), these are for you.

But you don’t have to be a racer to enjoy their performance. Thanks to their super-low weight, you won’t have to spend as much energy to move your bike forward, so you last longer and ride further.

Just keep in mind that due to their stiffness, they are not comfortable for long walking. Make sure to plan your trip route to avoid long sections where you need to hop off your bike.

One thing I cannot forget to mention is that SH-RX800 are comfortable and fit snugly around your feet. The combination of the BOA dial and velcro strap provides an effective fastening.

They also come with insoles with interchengeable arch support to further improve your comfort.

Another good news is that they are available in 2 widths (for narrow/regular feet and wide feet).


Do you prefer MTB shoes instead? Check this selection of the best mountain bike shoes that you can also use for gravel riding.


Giro Rumble

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 860 g (size 42.5, pair)
  • Allow comfortable walking

Giro Rumble are hybrid shoes that you can use with or without cleats for clipless pedals. It depends on what pedals do you have and what option do you prefer.

Their sole allows comfortable walking, which is great if your trip includes some parts where you need to hop off your bike.

They are also pretty comfortable and well-ventilated, thanks to the mesh upper. This makes them ideal for hot summer days. Just remember, they are not very good for riding through puddles or for rides in the rain because they get wet easily.

Yes, they are also much softer than gravel bike or MTB shoes, but if you don’t need to break records and you rather enjoy comfort, these are the ones.

Some owners report that it is better to buy one size up to ensure the best fit possible. Your normal size may be a bit small with the Giro sizing.

Also available at rei.com, competitivecyclist.com, jensonusa.com and wiggle.co.uk


Shimano MT7

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Main Features

  • Fastening system: BOA dial
  • Ideal for: Narrow and regular feet
  • Weight: 932 g (pair)
  • Allow very comfortable walking
  • Soft sole (4 out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale)

If you look for shoes that will allow you almost the same walkability as casual shoes, go for Shimano MT7. These hybrid shoes are great for walking or hiking because the sole is pretty soft (4 out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale).

Yes, you will experience some energy losses, but they are still much stiffer than normal shoes, and they are very comfortable even for all-day trips.

Thanks to the BOA dial, their fastening is quick and effortless. They will fit you well if you have narrow or regular feet.

MT7 are also pretty well ventilated, but once you stop and stay in direct sunlight, your feet may start overheating due to the thick padding.

The loops on the back side of the shoes are very useful when you put them on or off your feet.

Overall, these are probably the best hybrid bike shoes for you if you combine your gravel adventures with hiking.

Also available at competitivecyclist.com


The Best Shoes for Flat Pedals

If you use platforms on your gravel bike, the following shoes are ideal for platform pedals – they are relatively stiff, durable, and comfortable. Thanks to these features, they are also popular among mountain bikers.

Five Ten Freerider

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Five Ten Freerider for men
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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 836 g (size 9, pair)
  • A stiff and grippy sole
  • Impact-resistant toe box
  • Durable

Five Ten belong among the most popular brands that focus on designing shoes for flat pedals. I could not miss their legendary Freerider model in this selection that is a predecessor of the improved Freerider Pro.

They have a very grippy sole, so your feet won’t slip of platforms. The shoes are lightweight, durable, and relatively stiff, so they efficiently transfer the energy you put into your pedal strokes.

One of the things the owners of these shoes praise the most is comfort and durability. You can ride in these shoes for hours, and you won’t experience any discomfort.

You can use them for walking and hiking too. Although shoes designed specifically for hiking provide a better grip on rocks, these shoes are a good compromise if you want to ride on platforms and combine them with a short hike.

Five Ten Freerider Pro

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Five Ten Freerider Pro for men
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Main Features

  • Fastening system: Laces
  • Ideal for: Wide feet
  • Weight: 798 g (size 11, pair)
  • A stiff and very grippy sole
  • Impact-resistant toe box
  • Very durable

I’ve selected 2 models from Five Ten into this selection—the first, less advanced, Freerider, and an improved version of the Freerider Pro. These shoes are better than Freerider in almost every aspect (except the price).

They provide you with an excellent grip if you use platforms on your gravel bike. Their sole is stiff, so it transfers the power you put into every pedal stroke efficiently. Yet, Freerider Pro are super comfy. The insole offers good arch support and they are perfect for walking.

The upper is perforated on the front to ensure good breathability and ventilation in hot weather while riding. Unfortunately, your feet may start to feel a bit hot once you stop, especially in the hot weather and direct sunlight.

Five Ten Freerider Pro’s will protect your toes against rocks and other impacts thanks to an impact-resistant toe box.

And last but not least, they are very durable. These shoes lasts so you can rely on them at any time.


My Verdict

When choosing gravel bike shoes, you should mainly consider your riding style. Do you often combine riding with walking? Go for shoes that allow you comfortable walking and are not as stiff.

But, if you are a performance-oriented rider who enjoys competition, a pair of stiff shoes will probably be much better for you because they ensure efficient power transfer.

Overall, the gravel bike shoes are the Fizik Terra X5 (also available at wiggle.co.uk), in my opinion. They provide great comfort, good walkability, and are reasonably stiff.

But, I recommend checking the whole selection so you find the shoes you like visually, and that are in within your budget.

To learn more about choosing the right gravel bike shoes, make sure to read the following section that explains everything in detail.


How to Choose Gravel Bike Shoes?

Below, I will guide you through the selection of shoes for gravel bikes. You find out whether it is better to ride with shoes for clipless or flat pedals.

You learn more about fastening systems and other important features. Thanks to this information, it will be easy for you to decide which shoes are right for you based on your riding style.

I also recommend reading the how-to choose cycling shoes guide if you want to learn more about other types of cycling shoes.

Shoe Type – Clipless Shoes vs. Shoes for Flat Pedals

When choosing shoes for a gravel bike, the first major question is whether to use gravel, mountain, or hybrid bike shoes for clipless pedals OR shoes for flat pedals.

The answer is based mainly on your riding style. If you want to ride off-road – on dirt, gravel, or forest roads – shoes for clipless pedals are probably a better option for you. There are 3 main types of clipless shoes suitable for gravel bikes.

  1. Gravel bike shoes are designed to be lighter than MTB shoes and look more like casual shoes. They don’t have as good toe and heel protection as MTB shoes. This is because gravel bikes are not designed for cross-country-like terrain, and you don’t need as good protection against rocks and other objects. Gravel bike shoes form a compromise between MTB and road cycling shoes.
  2. Mountain bike shoes provide you with heel and toe protection. These features make MTB shoes slightly heavier than gravel bike shoes and also more sport-looking. Both gravel and mountain bike shoes allow you to walk relatively easily, but MTB shoes are not as good for walking as gravel bike shoes.
  3. Hybrid/casual bike shoes look almost like normal, casual shoes but are compatible with clipless pedals and platforms. They allow you easy and comfortable walking, which is a big plus. Their downside is that they are not as performance-oriented – due to their lower stiffness, you experience larger energy losses when pedaling, so you get tired more easily.

On the other hand, if you use a gravel bike for short commuting, riding around the city, or your neighborhood (I don’t judge, but a hybrid bike may be a better choice for this), shoes for flat pedals are more suitable for this because you can easily take your feet off pedals on traffic lights, intersections, etc.

The following table summarizes the benefits and disadvantages of the above-mentioned types of shoes in detail.

Type of ShoesProsCons
Gravel bike shoes• Lightweight
• More casual design
• Not as protective as MTB shoes
• Not very suitable for long walking
Mountain bike shoes• Protective heel and toe cap
• Very stiff
• Not very suitable for long walking
• More "sporty" design (may be a plus for some riders)
Hybrid shoes• Suitable for clipless and platform pedals
• More casual design
• Allow easy walking
• Soft soles
• Heavier than MTB or gravel bike shoes
• Not as protective as MTB shoes
Shoes for flat pedals• More casual design
• Allow very easy walking
• Soft sole
• Not as protective as MTB shoes

Pros and cons of clipless shoes vs. flat shoes suitable for gravel biking | Sources: Bicycling, Skedaddle, Singletracks, Active

Clipless Pedals & Cleat Type Compatibility

The clipless bike shoes are manufactured in a 2-hole configuration. This means you can attach MTB cleats to them. MTB cleats are recessed into the soles so that you can walk in these shoes more easily than in road cycling shoes.

Brands like Shimano and Crankbrothers belong to the most popular MTB pedals manufacturers, but Time, Nukeproof or DMR, are also worth mentioning.

Remember, MTB cleats are not compatible with road bike pedals and vice versa. So if you want to use gravel or mountain bike shoes, you have to use mountain bike pedals or hybrid pedals that combine SPD clip-in mechanism with a platform.

The 3-hole configuration is used on road bike shoes and the 4-hole is Speedplay specific.

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Cycling shoes cleat hole configuration

Price Range

Once you decide what type of shoes are right for you, it is time to set your budget. There are 3 basic price ranges for clipless bike shoes:

  • Budget shoes (Around $100) are ideal for beginners, thanks to their affordability. They usually use velcro straps or ratchet buckle fastening. These shoes are heavier and softer than more expensive shoes, so you get tired more easily during long rides.
  • Value for money shoes ($150 to $300) are a great compromise between budget and performance shoes because they offer the best price-performance ratio. They are relatively light, durable, and comfortable. They mostly use velcro straps and ratchet buckle, velcro strap and BOA dial, or BOA dials only.
  • Performance shoes (Above $300) are perfect for performance-oriented riders who need stiff, light, durable, and comfortable shoes. The high-end clipless shoes have soles made of carbon, so they are stiff, ensuring effective power transfer. They mostly use BOA dials or similar fastening systems for convenient fastening.

Shoes for Flat Pedals

Shoes for flat pedals (MTB shoes for platforms) start at around $50 and can go as high as $200. The price determines mainly their quality, durability, and stiffness. Of course, there are premium shoes where you pay for the brand.

Most shoes for flat pedals use laces ensuring a good and effective fastening.

Fastening System

Clipless bike shoes come with different types of fastening systems that differ in their precision, convenience, weight, durabilty, etc.

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Cycling shoes fastening systems (click to enlarge) | Product images credit: Giro, Vittoria

The following table summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the above-mentioned fastening systems.

Type of Fastening SystemProsCons
Velcro straps• They are cheap and you can fasten them while riding.
• They are not as prone to damage when crashing as ratchet buckles or dials.
• They don’t provide you with as precise and comfortable fastening as BOA dials.
Laces• They look cool.
• They provide you with effective fastening.
• It is the lightest fastening system.
• It takes time to tie them.
• It is almost impossible to tie them while riding.
Ratchet buckles• You can fasten them while riding.
• They provide you with relatively effective fastening.
• They are heavier compared to other types of fastening systems.
• They are prone to damage when crashing.
• The buckles are hard to replace.
Dials (BOA, Tecno...)• Quick, effective, and precise fastening also while riding.
• They are easy to replace.
• They are lightweight.
• They are more expensive compared to other fastening systems.
• They are prone to damage when crashing.

To find out more about individual fastening systems, feel free to read the How to Choose Cycling Shoes guide.

Basically, all types of fastening systems are suitable for gravel biking, so it depends on your preference. I recommend getting shoes with dials or laces to ensure a snug tightening.

Comfort & Fit

Your shoes for a gravel bike have to be comfortable so you can enjoy your ride fully. Most gravel bike shoes and shoes for platforms are designed to be comfortable, so you have to make sure you choose the right size.

It may be tricky to choose the right shoe size when shopping online because you can’t try them in person.

Luckily, most manufacturers have easy-to-follow sizing guides so you can choose the right size easily. The problem may be with the right shoe width.

If you have wide feet, look for wide shoes. For example, Sidi calls them “MEGA,” Shimano “WIDE,” etc.

To further improve your riding comfort, make sure to buy a pair of cycling insoles. They will support your arches so you won’t experience hotspots and feet numbness.

Sole Stiffness

Gravel bike shoes don’t have to be as stiff as road cycling shoes, for example. In fact, too stiff shoes can cause further problems for riders who experience painful or inflamed feet ball (metatarsalgia), or lack of oxygenation of the toes due to blood shortage (ischemia). The study showed the shoes with carbon sole increase peak plantar pressure, which may aggravate these foot conditions.

When gravel biking, you likely encounter sections that will require you to get off your bike and walk. This is when shoes that allow easy walking come in handy.

The stiffer the sole = the worse walkability

On the other hand, the softer the insole, the larger the energy losses, and you get tired more quickly during long rides. But honestly, if you are not a hardcore gravel rider who tried several pairs of shoes, you probably won’t notice too much difference between them. This does not apply to clipless gravel bike shoes and shoes for flat pedals where the stiffness difference is significant.

Gravel Bike Shoes FAQ


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