23 Stylish SPD Bicycle Touring Shoes

Finding the perfect bicycle touring shoe is a challenge… but not impossible! There are plenty of cycling-specific shoes that are good looking, designed for maximum performance on the bike, and comfortable to walk in once you step off your two-wheeled vehicle at the end of the day.

Below you will find 23 casual/stylish pairs of SPD cycling shoes that are perfect for bicycle touring because they look good both on and off the bike and they can be walked in with relative comfort (thus reducing the need for many traveling cyclists to carry two separate pairs of shoes). Below each of the shoes on this page will find a yellow “Buy Now!” button, which you can click if you are interested in purchasing a pair of these shoes for your own commuting/touring/mountain bike adventures. Shoes are listed in alphabetical order.

Diadora Globe

The Diadora Globe is a touring shoe made of Nylon, reinforced with fiberglass, and combined with a rubber outsole. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon ensures the rigidity required to obtain a direct thrust and effective power transmission, while the rubber outsole provides maximum traction.

Forté Traverse

Urban style meets rugged good looks in these MTB shoes built for road, trail, touring or indoor cycling.

Mavic Alpine

The Mavic Alpine shoes feature a balance of rugged support, breathability, abrasion resistance and the Trail Grip Outsole for trail traction, efficient pedaling and all day comfort.

Mavic Cruize

Simple, reliable and comfortable. The Mavic Cruize MTB shoes bring casual style to every ride.

Northwave Drifter GTX

This carbon soled shoe adapts to every shape of foot with thanks to its special upper construction. This shoe will also keep you feet fresh thanks to its clever ventilation system, giving an all round superb cycling experience.

Northwave Expedition GTX Boots

A guaranteed all-out water protection combined with excellent breathability. The unique membrane, without thermo insulation, is perfect for spring and summer shoes, to makes you confront the longest trips out without fatiguing or overheating your feet.

Northwave Mission

A sole specially designed for off-road use. The special design of the tread gets rid of mud optimally, and together with the Vibram® compound, it guarantees maximum grip on all types of surfaces. The structure of the sole is designed for use with MTB pedals and offers the right position when walking.

Northwave Rocker

The Northwave Rocker is a stylish casual black cycling shoe with laces and a big ankle strap.

Pearl Izumi Fuel

A crossover, dual-purpose shoe, the lightweight Pearl Izumi Fuel bike shoes boast a running-shoe-style upper and a rubber lugged bottom for efficiency and comfort when cycling or walking. Comes in both men’s and women’s styles.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek III WRX

The X-Alp Seek III WRX combines the best of both worlds. The stiff nylon Ride & Run plate provides power transfer to the pedals, while the Softshell upper provides excellent water resistant protection and optimum breathability.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek IV

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek IV bike shoes boast a running shoe style upper and a carbon rubber lugged bottom for cycling and off the bike adventures.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek WRX

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, slip on the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek WRX bike shoes that boast a running shoe upper, an award-winning X-Alp bottom and a little protection from the elements.

Polaris Bojo

The Polaris Bojo is a lace up cycling shoe with subtle styling. Perfect for commuting and touring cyclists. Features a reflective heel detail for low light safety.

Shimano AM45

The AM45 is built with a raised outsole that wraps around tough synthetic leather to offer added protection for rough sections of trail. The mid-top design protects your ankle while the no-mesh design keeps dirt and rocks out.

Shimano MP56L

If you’re looking for a set of clipless cycling shoes that protect your ankles while you ride, allow you to walk in style, and make you look good at the same time – look no further than the Shimano SH-MP56L shoes. Also available as the upgraded MP-66L.

Shimano MP66W

A Shimano SPD mountian biking and spinning sneaker. The ’09 Shimano SH-MP66W men’s MTB shoe is very comfortable to walk in.

Shimano MT21

Looking for all-round, clipless cycling shoes that allow you to ride the trails, tour the country, hit the indoor cycling class and still be able to walk around comfortably in between? Look no further.

Shimano MT32

An SPD compatible mountain bike shoe with an EVA midsole that provides you extra efficiency while pedaling and a comfortable walking experience.

Shimano MT33L

These Shimano MT33L bike shoes feature stiff midsoles and great tread patterns, making them ideal for mountain biking yet completely at home while commuting, touring and riding casually.

 Shimano MT42NV

The Shimano MT42NV shoes are designed to be at home off-road but totally in place on the pavement, too. On or off your bike, Mountain Touring offers comfort along with casual good looks.

Shimano MT53

The Shimano MT52 is a mid-top hiking-style mountain bike shoe designed to offer great ankle stability and walking support.

Shimano MT60

On-road commute or off-road escapade, these MTB shoes handle any cycling adventure you put in their path.

Specialized Primo

With modern styling, extra plush cushioning, and patented Body Geometry technology, this truly versatile and affordable cycling shoe is ideal for commuting or casual use.

Do you have experience with any of the shoes on this page? If so, what do you think of them? Also, are there any other stylish SPD shoes that I missed that should be included here? Leave a comment below and let me know what you have to say!

13 Comments

  1. Wayne Smith
    November 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm ·

    The Keen Commuter is my shoe of choice for touring. Because it is a sandal, it is well ventilated and cool in warmer weather and if it gets wet, it doesn’t matter because it will dry quickly as you ride. The solid toe offers good protection. They are good off the bike as well. No noisy clicking announcing your arrival. The drawback is when on a dirt or gravel pathway as particles can get in easily. But, shoe covers can solve that if needed.

  2. Barry Stewart
    November 17, 2011 at 9:44 am ·

    I have a pair of the Shimano MT60. I like them. They are comfortable on and off the bike. I wore them for the first time on a week tour in Idaho. I haven’t attached the SPD cleats as yet, I use toe clips right now. I plan on using SPD pedals for my tour next summer. I will install them so I can get used to them. I haven’t ridden with SPD’s before. I have look pedals and cleats on my rode bike.

  3. Amy
    November 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm ·

    I use Shimano sandals (with socks) and could use them in bad weather with booties or neoprene socks inside the sandals. They are comfortable enough to use off the bike, too. Advantage to sandals is that I never get a hot foot in really hot weather.
    I also have a pair of Sidi Mega, an extra wide version to accommodate bunions.

  4. Keith Peacock
    November 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm ·

    I’ve had a pair of SPECIALIZED CASUAL – BG TAHOE SHOE for 4 years now and they offer all the support and comfort whilst riding. Off the bike they are comorttable to walk around in and they look good too. I do get a little clicking from the cleats when walking sometimes but to me its worth it for the plus points.

    http://www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/Detail/equipshoescasual/casual/BG%20Tahoe%20Shoe

  5. Phillip Bissell
    November 18, 2011 at 3:17 am ·

    Hullo Darren. Let me give you an Australian slant on shoes. Firstly, cleated shoes are likely to land you in hospital when riding a heavily laden touring bicycle on unsealed gravel or sandy roads, of which we have many. Reason?…loose gravel/sand can bring you down so quickly that you cannot disengage quickly enough to avoid a heavy fall. Secondly, we have a big problem with grass seeds. If you are bush camping in cycling shoes (especially those with velcro straps – a real no-no) then you will spend lots repeat lots of time every day picking spear-like seeds out of your shoes. This I learned the hard way.
    No, keep your cleats and cycling shoes for commuting. Experience has taught me, when touring, to wear leather elastic-side boots with smooth soles which will slide easily in and out of the pedal clips. Preferably leather soles covered with nylon. The leather gives protection from pedal pressure; the nylon (or a rubbery stuff known here as Kromhyde [sic] ) will prevent you from slipping and sliding all over the place on dry grass as leather does. And,of course, woolen socks for insulation. Include a tin of shoe polish and brush to both preserve the leather ujppers and to smarten up when you go to town, and you will be a well-shod touring cyclist for Australian conditions. Coo-eeee. Phillip

  6. Alan James & Co
    November 18, 2011 at 6:14 am ·

    Philip Bissell has made a very valid point about the downside of cleated footwear for off road cycle touring. The old style / method of using toe clips and straps is much more user friendly for problem terrain, where you are likely to pick up various small items on the soles of shoes that will block up cleats. Unfortunately most off road cycling shoes have rough serrated soles that hinder placing or removing shoes from pedals with toe clips fitted. It’s about time manufacturers addressed this problem and start making shoes that have a smoother tread that doesn’t snag on toe-clip fitted pedals.

  7. Scott
    January 16, 2012 at 10:17 am ·

    Wow awesome post. I’ve been researching road cycling shoes for a while and I really think this site has helped me decide thanks for the post. I was searching for shoes on this site, http://www.road-cycling-shoes.co.uk/. They have some really nice ones there. Anyway I think I’m finally ready to make the purchase.

  8. Phillip Bissell
    January 17, 2012 at 3:15 am ·

    Hullo again Darren. I have just been reading the comments above regarding shoes suitable for bicycle touring and am moved to write again – this time on Shimano sandals.

    I tried them. In fact I have had three pairs and they all fell apart. Yes, I mean fell apart. . .and this after only a year or two of use. One pair came to an untimely end halfway through a long-distance tour and if any reader has ever tried to replace a pair of cycling shoes in the Australian bush, well. . .

    So much for Shimano sandals. Great for breezing about town, but for touring under rugged conditions – definitely not.

  9. Mark Yarbrough
    February 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm ·

    These are interesting and nice, but I have a wide (EE) foot and none of these appear to be available in anything but D. I use Sidi’s for for my MTB, but would like a different shoe for my roadie. I don’t do any multi-day rides (yet), but it is nice to be able to run to the market or pub on my road bike and have shoes comfortable to walk in. (I ride clipless and would prefer to stay that way).

    Any suggestions for a EE touring shoe?

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  11. Rich
    October 22, 2013 at 7:51 am ·

    Shimano sandals are really great for touring. I’m surprised they are not on your list. Very comfortable to ride in. Easy to adapt to cold or wet weather (Sealskin booties or as many pairs of socks as you’d like) Very adjustable for those with a wide OR narrow foot. Comfortable and stylish off the bike too. I’ve been a MANY multiple day tours where my sandals were the ONLY pair of shoes I brought. AND….believe it or not, they are great hiking shoes….stiff soles and no toe jam on the down hills.

  12. October 22, 2013 at 9:11 am ·

    I tour in a pair of Keen Arroyo SPD sandals. They are really a cross between a shoe and sandal as they have a full heel. Having the full heel, instead of a heel strap, gives more stability and stiffness. Also, the Arroyos are leather and have held up much better than the Keen Commuter Sandals, which I have also used. Have you, or anyone else commenting here, used a cycling specific winter boot? I’ve seen a few, but not many reviews.

  13. Robert
    October 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm ·

    A wide footed friend & I decided we can’t wear any shimano shoes (narrow & hurt little toes). He likes the fit of his SiDi Mega (their wide size, quality but pricy). Chainwheel folks say “Bongrager are a little wider than shimano, next wider are NorthWave – fantastic for wide feet”. J&P store here had a set of ExuStar that worked for me on a first longish ride. That is 5 to try on a wide foot: SiDi Mega, NorthWave, ExuStar, Bontrager – or Phillip’s boot idea above.

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