Can I purchase womens cycling shoes at Anaconda?
Yes, you can. Cycling shoes are designed to give you a comfortable ride, with the right grip on your bicycle pedals and allowing you to cover considerable distances without fatigue, blisters or other injuries. Breathable uppers allow air to circulate around your feet, which stops them getting too hot, and laces let you adjust the fit to suit.
Why should I wear special cycling shoes instead of normal trainers?
There if of course nothing to stop you wearing any normal shoes or trainers when going out for a bicycle ride, especially if this is to go down to the shops or on a commute to the office. However, if you are taking up cycling in a more serious way, for fitness or to travel longer distances, cycling shoes have a number of added benefits to be aware of:
Clipless pedal compatibility: Most cycling shoes feature a “cleat” in the outer sole of the shoes, which allows you to clip your shoe into the bike’s pedal. This has the benefit of letting you transfer extra power onto the pedal, increasing your speed and distance. Unfortunately, not every shoe is compatible with every pedal system, so make sure you check when investing in new cycling shoes.
Comfort and fit: Different styles of riding, such as road racing, mountain biking, etc., have different types of footwear. Some road cycling shoes are pretty uncomfortable to walk in and would be no good if you had a puncture and had to walk home, so keep that in mind, while shoes designed for mountain biking will take into account that you may have to dismount and open gates, or walk beside your bike on a rocky stretch.
Breathability: Most cycling shoes will have some degree of breathability, which is provided by mesh panels or uppers in the shoe. While this is great in warm conditions, it can make your feet cold in winter, which is why some cyclists add overshoes during the colder months.
Soles: The main thing to look for with the soles of your cycling shoes is for them to be stiff. This means that when you press down the sole won’t bend, so that all the power you generate is transferred through the sole and into the pedal. The second consideration is weight, with more expensive shoes coming with lighter soles. Entry level cycling shoes are often provided with plastic soles, while more expensive shoes have carbon soles.
Does Anaconda sell other shoes for women too?
Yes, you can find shoes at Anaconda for all your activities throughout the year, from swimming to skiing, as well as for all types of sports, walking, hiking and running. Specially designed footwear for industry and work activities are also included, as are casual shoes and gumboots. Browse the range to see the many different practical and stylish options on offer.