Cycling Shoes Size Guide - Which Size Do I Need? - Mantel (2022)

Buying your cycling shoes online can be difficult because of the fact that every brand has a different fit. So, to make it a bit easier, we got stuck in at our warehouse and checked, per brand and per shoe, the fit and the length of the shoes. And from that came our sizing advice on the right size cycling shoe, per brand, for everyone.

Because we want you to be 100% happy with the cycling shoes that you’ve bought from us we now offer Mantels Guaranteed Fit. It allows you to try out your new cycling shoes for 30 days, without obligation. Not good? Then you get your money back!

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When can you take advantage of Guaranteed Fit?

Buy your cycling shoes on Mantel.com/uk and take them for a test ride. Don’t fit as well as you’d hoped? A bit too tight or too spacious, or are they narrower than you thought they’d be? No Problem!

With Mantel Guaranteed Fit you can just return your cycling shoes, and it applies to all brands. You’ll get the full purchase price back and can then buy other cycling shoes from our webshop.

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The only condition is that the cycling shoes that you send back should be in a wearable and saleable state. A splash of mud or marking on the mounted cleats is no big deal, so you can mount cleats and ride with them. But we advise you not to take them out on a rainy day or to go cyclo-crossing with them through a sopping wet forest.

A good yardstick for determining what’s acceptable is to ask yourself if you’d buy them yourself if you saw them on sale. If the answer is yes, then the chance is good that you’ll get your money back for the ill-fitting cycling shoes.

Mantel Sizing Advice – Always the right size cycling shoe

To give you a helping hand finding the correct size we’ve measured all our cycling shoes on the inside. We also looked at the distance from the heel to the tips of the toes. In doing so, we quickly saw that the same size cycling shoes can differ enormously in length and width from one brand to the next. So we created a sizing table per brand to help you determine which size (in that brand) is right for you. The sizing tables are further separated according to gender and, for some brands, a distinction is made between road cycling shoes and MTB shoes.

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To decide for yourself what size cycling shoes will fit you, all you need to do is measure your own foot length in mm. Using that measurement you can see which size, per brand, will fit you. We’ll explain how to do this below.

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It maybe sounds a bit complicated but it’s actually quite simple if you follow the steps below. Want to go straight to the sizing table of your favourite brand? Select from the list below.

Cycling shoe sizing per brand

  • Adidas cycling shoe sizing table
  • Bontrager cycling shoe sizing table
  • Fizik cycling shoe sizing table
  • Lake cycling shoe sizing table
  • Northwave cycling shoe sizing table
  • Shimano cycling shoe sizing table
  • Sidi cycling shoe sizing table
  • Foot width in relation to foot length

Step 1: Measure your foot

Get an A4 piece of paper and place it on the ground against a wall. Stand on the piece of paper with your heel up against the wall. Draw a line above your big toe (or above the index toe if that is longer) and measure the length in mm. To be sure, measure your other foot on the paper in the same way. Often one foot is longer than the other. Note the length in mm of the longest foot and keep this handy for selecting the correct shoe size.

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Step 2: Find the correct shoe size in your favourite brand

Now that you’ve measured your foot length, you can select it under the foot length in mm range filter to display all suitably sized shoes. Alternatively, you can go to the product page of the cycling shoes you like and select your foot length in mm under What is your foot length in mm?. Does your foot length in mm not appear there? Then there is no available shoe size, in terms of length, that is well suited to your foot.

Using your foot length in mm you can see from the sizing tables below that there can be quite a big difference in the EU sizing between brands. So, go in search of your dream shoes and then check, in mm’s, which size comes closest to your actual foot size. These shoes need to fit well!

Step 3: Check that the shoes are the right width

To be certain about the fit you should check the width too. We’ve classified each shoe according to narrow, average or wide fit. To determine your foot width you need to measure the circumference of your foot.

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Do this around the broadest part of your foot as show in the photo. Now look up your foot length in the foot length/breadth ratio table. Alongside your foot length you can look for your foot circumference. You’ll then see straight away if you have a small, average or wide foot. Now you can look for the show that fits your foot best!

Do you know that you have a relatively wide foot? Then rather don’t choose a narrow-fit shoe. Chances are it’ll squeeze or pinch your foot and the shoes will end up having to be returned. We find that shoes classified as ‘average’ width can be worn by pretty much everyone.

Step 4: Order your shoes and don’t forget the cleats!

With everything now checked and measured you should now have your cycling shoe size. Get busy browsing and order them from our webshop! The only other thing left to do is mount cleats (these aren’t delivered standard with the shoes) and jump on your bike! Need info on mounting and positioning your cleats? Read our blog.

Cycling shoe sizing per brand

Adidas cycling shoe sizing

Adidas Men’sFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
42257
42 2/3261
43 1/3265
44273
44 2/3277
45 1/3281
46289
47 1/3297
Adidas Women’sFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
38231
38 2/3238
39 1/3242
40245
40 2/3252
41 1/3256

Bontrager cycling shoe sizing

Bontrager Men’s RoadFoot length in mm – Entry-level modelsFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
36214224
37222230
38229236
39236242
40244248
41251254
42258260
43264266
44273273
45279279
46285285
47291291
48297297
Bontrager Men’s MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
36219
37225
38231
39238
40244
41251
42258
43266
44273
45279
46285
47291
48
301
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Fizik cycling shoe sizing

Fizik Men’s RoadFoot length in mm -Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
36222218
37229225
38235232
39241239
40247246
41254253
42260260
43266266
44273273
45280280
46287287
47294294
48
301301
Fizik Men’s MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
36215215
37223223
38231231
39239239
40247247
41254254
42260260
43266266
44273273
45280280
46287287
47294294
48
301301
Fizik Women’s Road & MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
37224
38231
39238
40245
41252
42259
43266

Lake cycling shoe sizing

Lake Men’s Road & MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
42252257
43259263
44266269
45273276
46280282
47287288
48294294

Northwave cycling shoe sizing

Northwave Men’s RoadFoot length in mm – Entry-level modelsFoot length in mm – Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
36222219217
37228225224
38235231231
39241238238
40247244245
41255251252
42262258259
43269266266
44276273273
45282280280
46288288287
47294295294
48301302301
Northwave Men’s MTBFoot length in mm – Entry-level modelsFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
39244238
40251245
41257252
42263259
43269266
44276273
45283280
46290287
47297294
48304301
49311308
50318315
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Northwave Women’s Road en MTBFoot length in mm – Entry-level modelsFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
37228224
38235231
39242238
40249245
41256252
42263259

Shimano cycling shoe sizing

Shimano Men’s Road & MTBFoot length in mm – Entry-level modelsFoot length in mm – Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
37222219219
38229226226
39235233233
40241240240
41247247247
42254255255
43260262262
44266269269
45273276276
46280283283
47287290290
48294297297
49301304304
50308311311
Shimano Women’s Road & MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range models
37221
38228
39235
40242
41249
42256

Sidi cycling shoe sizing

Sidi Men’s Road & MTBFoot length in mm – Mid-range modelsFoot length in mm – High-end models
41251251
42257257
43263263
44269269
45276276
46282282
47288288
48294294
49301301
50307307

Foot width in relation to foot length

Length in mm< E
Narrow
F / G
Average
> H
Wide
229< 201202 – 220> 221
234< 213214 – 228> 229
238< 215216 – 229> 230
241< 217218 – 231> 232
243< 219220 – 233> 234
247< 221222 – 235> 236
251< 223224 – 237> 238
253< 226227 – 241> 241
254< 228229 – 242> 243
258< 230231 – 244> 245
263< 232233 – 246> 247
265< 234235 – 248> 249
267< 237238 – 250> 251
271< 239240 – 253> 254
276< 241242 – 255> 256
278< 243244 – 257> 258
280< 245246 – 259> 260
284< 247248 – 261> 262
289< 249250 – 263> 264
291< 251252 – 265> 266
293< 253254 – 267> 268
297< 256257 – 270> 271
301< 258256 – 272> 273
303< 260261 – 274> 275
305< 262263 – 276> 277
307< 264265 – 278> 279
309< 266267 – 280> 281
311< 26,826,9 – 28,2> 28,3
313< 270271 – 284> 285
316< 272273 – 286> 287
319< 274275 – 288> 289
321< 276277 – 290> 291
324< 278279 – 292> 293

FAQs

What size should my cycling shoes be? ›

When deciding what size cycling shoes to get, go with your normal shoe size, as bike shoes run true to size. However, if you're normally between sizes, for example sometimes you go with a 9 and sometimes a 9.5, it's recommended that you size up.

How much extra room should you have in cycling shoes? ›

You should have no more than one-half inch of space from your big toe to the tip of the shoe. Your toes should not press against the front of the shoe, but you shouldn't be able to freely wiggle your toes, either.

What size is a 9.5 in cycling shoes? ›

If you are buying online, however, you can use a sizing chart -- just make sure there's a good return policy in case the shoes don't fit well. Men's sizes go like this for Diadora, Duegi and Lake shoes: Size 7 is a 40; size 7.5 is a 41; sizes 8 and 8.5 are a 42; and sizes 9 and 9.5 are a 43.

How do you measure your foot for cycling shoes? ›

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Should cycling shoes be tight or loose? ›

Cycling shoes should be snug. When trying shoes on in the shop, you don't want to have your toes against the end of the shoes or the sides uncomfortably squeezing the feet. But visa versa, you don't want the shoes to feel roomy.

Is it OK to wear a bigger shoe size? ›

As we all know, if you wear a shoe that is too tight it will hurt your feet and lead to foot ailments, such as blisters, bunions and calluses. But wearing a shoe that is too big will cause us to walk in an unnatural and dysfunctional way. This can lead to serious foot problems.

Should toes touch front of cycling shoes? ›

Your toe should touch the front of the shoe but without any pressure. You heel doesn't slip up and down in the shoe. Wear cycling socks for your fit test. Try half sizes until you find the shoe that fits you perfect.

Should my toe be touching the front of the shoe? ›

There should be about half an inch between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe. If you have small hands, this is about the size of the tip of your index finger. If you have large hands, it's about the size of the tip of your pinky finger.

How should cycling shoes fit toes? ›

Cycling shoe fit

About 1.5 cm of toe room should be plenty. Stiff soles and snug shoes stabilize the foot, but they should not be so tight that they pinch. And even though your toes don't need wiggle room, they should not hit the front of the shoe at any point while riding.

Do you wear socks with cycling shoes? ›

Socks to keep your feet comfy throughout your workout

You can't stop this, but you can mitigate its bad effects—blisters, chafing, feelings of overwhelming sogginess—with a good pair of socks. If you're wearing cycling shoes, Peloton instructor Matt Wilpers recommends socks that are thin, light, and moisture-wicking.

Are Shimano shoes true to size? ›

Shimano shoes tend to run a bit small. It's always best to try shoes on to get the best fit, but with Shimano shoes it's likely that you need to order up a half or a whole size.

How can I measure my foot size? ›

Measuring your foot
  1. Foot length. Stand flat-footed with your heel against a wall. Use a ruler or tape measure on the floor to measure from the back of your heel to the tip of your longest toe.
  2. Foot width. Measure the flat width across the ball of your foot (the widest point) by stepping on the ruler or tape measure.

Do cycling shoes break in? ›

The good news is that break in on regular shoes is mostly about getting the flex like you want, which doesn't happen with cycling shoes. The uppers will probably stretch a little bit, but you correct for that every time you put them on and tighten them up.

How tight should cycling shoes be Reddit? ›

Your shoes should be tight enough so that your feet don't move around while you're pedaling, but they shouldn't be too tight that you're hurting your feet! You'll have to play around with the straps/laces to find this optimal middle ground.

Do cycling shoes stretch out? ›

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Should I size up or down for peloton shoes? ›

If you have slim and very narrow feet, we recommend sizing down when buying Peloton shoes. Conversely, for those who have wide and broad feet, sizing up is the best option to fit comfortably in Peloton shoes. The brand also offers half sizes with an estimated 16th-inch difference.

Are Shimano shoes true to size? ›

Shimano shoes tend to run a bit small. It's always best to try shoes on to get the best fit, but with Shimano shoes it's likely that you need to order up a half or a whole size.

How tight should cycling shoes be Reddit? ›

Your shoes should be tight enough so that your feet don't move around while you're pedaling, but they shouldn't be too tight that you're hurting your feet! You'll have to play around with the straps/laces to find this optimal middle ground.

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