This new Adidas spin shoe is strategically designed to avoid sweaty socks


Adidas have released a new shoe specifically designed for indoor cycling, with plenty of extra ventilation to keep your feet from overheating during a tough session on a spin bike or turbo trainer.

A pair of cycling shoes can make all the difference in a spinning class; they’re much less complicated than strapping your regular training shoes onto the pedals, the stiffer soles allow you to transfer energy more efficiently, and they keep your feet aligned as you work. Any cycling shoe will do, but a pair designed to withstand wind and rain can get uncomfortably clammy after a few minutes on a spinning bike or indoor trainer.

To solve this problem, Adidas designed their aptly named indoor cycling shoes with a lightweight upper and extra breathable mesh panels to promote air circulation.

For the large interior

A strap at the back of the ankle makes them easy to slip on when your session needs to start, and they’re secure with simple hook-and-loop closures rather than a ratchet system (which is better suited for long road trips where your feet are likely to swell slightly).

There are also heel and toe cups that make it easier to walk to your bike and then stall – a big plus for such a stiff shoe.

Overhead view of the Adidas indoor cycling shoe showing a hook-and-loop closure

(Image credit: Adidas)

The upper is made of at least 50% recycled material to reduce the use of virgin plastic. Adidas has made great strides in its use of sustainable materials in recent years. For example, its new Adidas Adistar running shoes use both recycled nylon and Parley Ocean recycled plastic rather than brand new fibers and foams.

The indoor cycling shoe is now available direct from Adidas for $ 130 in the US or £ 110 in the UK. Now it’s too late to order in time for Christmas, but they could be a gift for yourself if your New Year’s resolution is to use more of your indoor riding setup.


Analysis: Making spinning more sustainable

It’s great to see companies like Adidas take care to source materials more responsibly, but that’s only part of the picture. The best way to reduce the environmental impact of your hobby is to take good care of your cycling shoes and make them last as long as possible.

All-terrain shoes often take bumps that shorten their lifespan, but road or indoor cycling shoes can last for years because they rarely come in contact with the ground. In fact, one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your shoes is to avoid walking in them.

Cyclist's foot stuck in the pedal wearing the Adidas indoor cycling shoe

(Image credit: Adidas)

New Adidas shoes may have toe caps and heels, but walking an actual distance puts pressure on the build and can damage the studs, so it’s best to avoid. It’s best to keep them next to your bike or turbo and change them right before you get on.

It’s also important to keep your spin shoes clean to prevent dirt and sweat from damaging the material. Adidas will provide its own care instructions, but in general it is recommended that only water and a very mild soap be used. Washing them in the washing machine is not a good idea; the agitation and impact of a wash cycle can cause unnecessary wear.

Always allow your shoes to ventilate well after wearing them, rather than storing them in a bag, so that they have a chance to dry properly. It’s a small step, but it can make a big difference in the life of your shoes.

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