If you’re interested in the Peloton bike then you’re probably wondering if you need to purchase a pair of Peloton shoes to be able to ride it.
The answer is no, Peloton shoes come with Look Delta pedals, this means you are able to use any cycling shoe that is compatible with Look Delta pedals, this allows you to wear any cycling shoe compatible with 3-hole cleats.
However there are a few things you need to know about the peloton bike pedals & shoes, let’s take a look at this in more detail.
Peloton Pedals: What You Need To Know
As we mentioned above the peloton bike comes with Look Delta pedals, meaning you will be able to use any cycling shoes that are compatible with Look delta pedals, this includes any cycling shoe with a 3-hole design.
So what are the benefits of 3-hole design cleats?
3-hole cleats provide a much larger platform than a 2-hole cleat allowing for greater power transfer when riding. Additionally, this reduces the overall pressure on your foot by providing more lateral stability for your foot.
So what if you already have SPD cycling shoes (2-hole compatible cleats)?
the good news is the peloton pedals can be changed meaning you can add SPD pedals in the bike if you prefer a 2-hole cleat design.
Can You Ride Your Peloton Bike With Regular Shoes?
You can ride your Pelton bike with regular shoes, however, riding your Peloton bike with the Look Delta pedals is quite inefficient and can cause your feet to slip while riding.
What we recommend is to add toe clips to your pedals. Toe clips/Toe cages allow you to ride with regular shoes while still providing you with similar effects of the cleats, which are power transfer & efficiency. Since your able to pull on the upstroke with toe clips you will still be able to activate your hamstring muscles & maintain efficiency.
Peloton has its own Toe clips which you can attach to your pedals. However there are alternative methods you can opt for, you can add a toe clip adaptor to your existing pedals, or you can simply replace your pedals with toe clip pedals. If you would like to still ride with cleats occasionally but want other members of your family to ride with regular shoes then you can opt for a hybrid pedal that comes with toe clips on one side & cleats on the other.
Peloton Bike Shoes: What You Need To Know
If you do decide to go with the peloton shoes there are a few things you need to know. First of all Peloton shoes come in both men & women’s specific pairs this allows for a more comfortable & precise fit.
The issue with the peloton shoe is that it doesn’t come in varying width regardless of the size meaning if you have slightly wider feet you may find cycling shoes specialized for wider feet more comfortable. Check out our guide on the best peloton shoes for wide feet.
Peloton bike shoes for women
The Peloton shoe sizes for women range from a size 5 all the way to a size 12. unfortunately, there are no half sizes, however, if you’re used to wearing a half size larger, then rounding it up to a whole size is probably the best option for you.
Peloton bike shoes for men
The men’s size range from a size 7 all the way up to a size 13.5. The men’s pair comes in 2 sizes with half pairs those are 10.5 & 13.5.
1. Do I need to purchase Peloton shoes if I already own a pair of cycling shoes?
If you own a pair of cycling shoes that are compatible with Look Delta pedals (3-hole design cleats) then you will be able to use those shoes with your Peloton bike, & will not need to purchase peloton shoes. However, if you own SPD shoes (2-hole compatible cleats) then you will still be able to use the shoe but will need to replace the pedals with SPD pedals. Have a look at our detailed guide on the best SPD pedals for peloton bike.
2. Are Toe Clips a good Alternative Option?
Yes, toe clips allow you to cycle with casual shoes while still providing you with greater pedaling power & effeciency by alloing you to pull on the upstroke. Toe clips arent as effecient as cycling shoes however they do provide a great alternative option & they allow more members of your family to ride the bike ithout all having to purchase cycling shoes. Peloton offers their own toe clips, however, there are various alternative options in the market take a look at our guide on toe clips for peloton.
3. are peloton shoes supposed to be tight?
No, Peloton shoes should have a similar fit to a running sneaker, you don’t want it to be too snug nor do you want it to be to lose.
4. Are Peloton Shoes True To Size?
Yes, the peloton shoes are true to size, the only issue with the peloton shoes, however, is that they do not come in varying width meaning if you have wider feet you may want to opt for a shoe that’s specialized for wider feet. Check out our recent guide on Peloton shoe sizing in detail.
So there you have it, peloton shoes are not required since the pedals are Look Delta pedals you’re able to wear any cycling shoes with a 3 hole cleat design, this is primarily featured in road cycling shoes. Additionally, you’re able to wear regular shoes by changing the pedals to toe clip pedals or by adding a toe clip on to your existing pedals.
Toe clips help you maintain efficiency & increase pedal power by allowing you to pull on the upstroke, they aren’t as efficient as cycling shoes however they allow you to ride with casual shoes meaning more people in your family are able to ride the bike without all purchasing cycling shoes.