3 Ways To Improve Your Ride With New Footwear

Shoes and shoe covers for a more efficient and comfortable ride.

Giro Blue Riding Shoes
“Clipless” cycling shoes improve pedaling efficiency.Amazon

As you get more into riding your ebike or riding longer distances, you may want to consider different footwear for your riding. Shoes designed for bike riding can improve foot comfort and pedaling efficiency. That means you can go faster with the same amount of energy. So-called “clipless” cycling shoes clip into special pedals with cleats provided by the pedal maker, creating an attachment point between the shoe and the pedal that is easy to get in and out of. Because the shoe is attached to the pedal as you ride, the entire 360 degrees of your pedal stroke creates power, instead of just the downstroke.

Fizik R5 Road Cycling Shoe

Fizik R5 Road Cycling Shoe - Carbon Reinforced
A road cycling shoe will make it easier to ride longer.Amazon

A traditional road bike shoe is a great way to get more out of your ebike if you want to go longer distances or improve your pedal stroke and efficiency. By clipping into a pedal, you use the entire pedal stroke to generate energy, whereas on flat pedals you only generate energy when pushing down on the pedals. Additionally, you'll find comfort in your legs because your pedaling will be nearly identical with every rotation, as your foot twists much less than on flat platform pedals. Look for a shoe with a carbon fiber sole for even more efficiency and weight savings, and either BOA or Velcro closures for precise fit adjustment.

Giro Rumble Vr MTB Shoes

Giro Rumble Riding Shoes
A mountain bike shoe opens up trails, and can be walked around in.Amazon

If you want to improve your pedaling but don't necessarily ride a lot of miles, a mountain bike shoe may be your best option. Mountain bike shoes use a recessed cleat system that makes them easier to walk in than road shoes, whether on the trail or walking around after locking up your ebike. They still increase pedaling efficiency like a road shoe, but a bit less so since they're not as stiff. Look for a mountain bike shoe that can pass as a non-athletic shoe if you need to wear it while running errands.

USHTH Black Waterproof Rain Boot Shoe Cover

Black Waterproof Rain Boot Shoe Cover
Ride through any weather with waterproof overshoes.Amazon

Don't let a little wet or cold weather keep you off your ebike commute or route to run errands. Whether you are using road or mountain bike shoes, or sneakers with flat pedals, a weatherproof overshoe can protect your feet from the elements, making it much easier to ride in inclement weather. No longer will cold or rain keep you off your ebike, as you can keep your feet dry and toasty. Look for overshoes that fit tightly over your pants, are 100 percent waterproof, and have reflective details.