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Review: Giro Civila Road Cycling Shoes

Super-stylish cycling shoes for recreational riding.

Super-stylish cycling shoes for recreational riding.

Whoa! These are the most lovely cycling shoes with retro ‘bowling shoe’ styling and contrast lace and micro-suede heel detail. Everyone who has clapped eyes on them has drooled and they may as well have ‘just popping out to my favourite urban cycling café for a latte’ written all over them.

They’re a recreational cycling shoe (ie not really designed for a road tour of the Alps or a downhill session at Bike Park Wales, but perfect for more laid back riding) designed to be worn on or off the bike: they take spd cleats – which are recessed and therefore easier to walk in than road cleats – and also have high-traction walking pads on the outsole.  Despite this I wouldn’t want to walk too far in them because, as with any shoe designed for cycling, the soles are still pretty stiff. They will however, make the journey from pavement to espresso counter with stylish aplomb. They also look good with skinny jeans. What more can you ask for?

Verdict: Surely due cult status amongst urban cyclists.

Price: £ 129.99 from Evans Cycles

They say:

AN ADVENTURE SHOE OF A DIFFERENT BREED

A recreational riding favorite, the women’s Civila™ is hardworking enough to get you where you’re going, yet it remains stylish and walkable once you get there. A low-profile microfiber lace-up construction blends seamlessly with streetwear, and high-traction walking pads on the firm nylon outsole make for a sure-footed experience on the pedals or on the trail. Our Performance Fit last helps the Civila™ stay as comfortable at mile 30 as it was at mile 1.

Photos by Paul Mitchell.

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