If you’re stumbling on Laurel and Iron for the first time, welcome! My name is Lauren and I have a serious spin class addiction. You can find evidence of this deep obsession over on my Instagram!
When I first started cycling in June 2018, I was fine just wearing my sneakers to class but after 6 months of pedaling, I wanted to get more out of my workouts. I did some research and learned about the benefits of clipping in on a stationary bike. I learned that those pricey shoes weren’t just an accessory. They would actually help me get a better ride by taking full advantage of the power of my upstrokes.
So, I began researching the best cycling shoes for someone like me - someone with no interest in racing who mainly cycles indoors but wants the flexibility to take it out side in the warm weather, too. That’s when I first stumbled across TIEM Slipstream Cycling Shoes.
After checking them out online, I noticed that many of the women at my studio were sporting TIEMs. So, I started ask around and everyone, including some of my instructors, had great reviews.
In October 2018, I was ready to make the investment and I couldn’t be happier!
I love that from above the just look like sneakers. The slip-on design and Velcro strap make them easy to get on and off. The breathable mesh top makes them comfortable even during long rides.
Even from the side, these still look like regular sneakers. I love that cleats are set in so that you can walk comfortably off the bike, unlike traditional cycling shoes.
The sturdy treads mean you won’t slide on slippery studio floors. These limited-edition Dusty Pink cycling shoes are still available but they have tons of colors to choose from. I absolutely love this color and I’ve gotten so many compliments on them. And honestly, I find they match just about everything.
According to the sizing chart, you should size down one-half size. I am normally an 8.5 in women’s shoes and ordered size 8. They fit great. There is a break in period. It took about 6 classes for me to feel like they were good to go.
I do think that the shoes have improved my stability as well as increased the efficiency I get from my pedal strokes. I genuinely feel like this was a good investment that has allowed me to get more joy from my cycling experience. At $130 a pair, they certainly are an investment but I spin 4-5 times a week. If you love cycling, I recommend checking out TIEMs. They may be the perfect shoe for you.
I do not, however, recommend purchasing your cleats from the TIEM website. You can kind the exact same cleats* from Amazon for a fraction of the cost. I had mine installed at my local bike shop for $5.
Do you have your own cycling shoes? Tell me all about them in the comments below.
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