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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader III Limited Edition Shoes

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You'll forget you have shoes on.

The latest version of Pearl Izumi's top-end cycling shoes, the PRO Leader III, somehow manages to be cleaner and sleeker than previous versions. If we ignored the BOA closure system, we might think it was a running spike, but as it is, the PRO Leader III shoes are an extraordinarily light race shoe that only seems to improve over time. By teaming with Pearl for this custom, vibrantly blue colorway, we've given the Pro Leader III's sleek silhouette an appropriately clean hue to further highlight Pearl's modern styling.

This year's version is constructed with the same Second Skin Upper as we've seen before in the line, which uses no traditional stitching or seaming throughout the shoe. Pearl Izumi borrowed this construction from the world of running shoes, using welded seams to create a contoured, wrap-like fit without the risk of pressure points and hot spots during long rides. If you've ever developed blisters or had to stop and adjust your shoes, you'll be happy to know that this 0.9mm upper is just about as thin and unobtrusive as any you'll find in the cycling industry. The PRO Leader IIIs also allow for customization in the insole, with independent left and right arches built into the design and multiple canting height options in the forefoot.

A simple, clean twin BOA dial system is responsible for pulling both sides of the upper across your foot, and the dials themselves allow for such extensive micro-adjusting that Pearl Izumi decided to eliminate the hook-and-loop strap that added security to the forefoot on previous versions. This gives you a lighter, less bulky shoe that doesn't sacrifice fit. Pearl also reworked the carbon sole for this year to improve responsiveness by incorporating its 1:1 Integrated Power Plate for more efficient power transfer. Made with stiff, lightweight unidirectional carbon, the plate also reduces the stack height of the shoe compared to last year's version, with a minimal overall stack height of just 5mm, further reducing the material between your watts and the pedal.

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Second Skin
Power Web
Insole System
1:1 Integrated Power Plate
Cleat Compatibility:
3-bolt road
Claimed Weight:
235 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

Men's Cycling Shoes
5.5 38
6 38.5/39
6.5 39.5
7 40
7.5 40.5
8 41/41.5
8.5 42
9 42.5
9.5 43/43.5
10 43.5/44
10.5 44.5
11 45/45.5
11.5 45.5/46
12 46.5
12.5 47
13 47.5/48
13.5 48.5
14 49

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one of the more comfortable shoes out

    Right out of the box these were one of the more comfortable shoes that I've put on. Adjustment is easy and accurate. I use speedplay and my previous shoes were speedplay specific, these had a pretty low stack so even with the adapter I didn't have to adjust my saddle at all. Performance I give it 4 out of 5 stars. they are stiff in the sole but the shoes don't feel quite as stiff as some of the other high end shoes I've worn. I think maybe that comfort level has something to do with that and so there is some give and take. I would say that 90% of riders would really like them, then there will be a few that will find them a little soft. fit was just a tad on the small side. I work a half size larger than i do in Sidi and Lake, same size as I wear in Giro. In the end I'm happy with them and would recommend to most people I know. feel free to contact me with any particular questions on them. kylebrown@backcountry.com

    Avg. ride time: 3h 2m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Truth!! Read all the way through.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    I wear a comfortable size 44 Shiman R321 road shoe. Reviews for this state it runs a tad small. Friends whom have this shoe complained of hot spots. I found that initially upon placing my foot into the show it did indeed feel too small. After tightening the boa, I found the shoe fit smilarly to my Shimano but maybe still a bit short. I took it for an inital ride of 27 miles. I found the boa needed adjustments due to hotspots and numbness. After adjustments were made during the ride (no need to stop for adjustments was a plus) I found that the numbness went away but floating hotspots were persistent. These shoes come with several arch support inserts. I found that the high inserts created too much arch and subsequent pain. The mid level supports made these feel like tennis shoes. The feeling of a being a bit under size and hotspot issues dissappeared completely. My suggestion, don't hesitate to order your size or 1/2 size up if your normal shoe is very toght fit already. Do use the inserts and do enjoy your new shoes. I find the stiffness is exceptional for power transfer and the shoe is ultralight. My 2nd ride was 37 Mikes with non of the aforementioned comfort issues.

    Awesome Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    I'll admit I bought these shoes because of the color and crossed my fingers hoping they would actually fit and work for me and I'm glad I did because these shoes are awesome. The fit is true to size as I've always worn a 43 and these fit me just fine. Those with wider feet beware they are a tad narrow. They come with several inserts that allow you to customize and perfect your fit and the dual boa system lets you really dial in your fit. These shoes are super stiff, super light, and look super awesome.

    Awesome Shoes

    What would you say you wear in American sizing? I wear a 9.5 and wonder if these would be right in a 43. I have running shoes by them but they are a 42.5.

    what size I have to choose, am using NW SBS with 40.5 and they are good, my foot size is 25.5 cm and I have 41 with nike vomero 10.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    A great shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I own many road shoes from Sidi, Scott, Specialized, & Pearl iZumi, and the Pearl iZumi Pro Leader III is the best power transfer shoe on the market under $325. The overall construction of the toe box, heal drop and included inserts (to fine tune if needed) adds to the high quality shoe. The shoe isn't cheap, but it's well worth the investment!

    Avg. ride time: 12h 44m per week
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    Look so cool they're distracting, STIFF

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I probably should have gotten a 47, but I had to mail order these and didn't know. I got 48's. had the PRO Leader II's, and switched to Shimano SH-R321. These have the same problem as the Leader II's, a little tight in the forefoot, and I get some pain in the outer edge of my foot on long rides. However, this is a small price for these glowing blue beauties! These are the stiffest, lighest and airflow coolest shoes I've had. I was apprehensive, as the heel cup does not grab my heel like the Shimano's, but the numbers tell the real story - I was able to nail two KOM's that I've been working on for two years the first week I wore these. Psycological, or superior design? Not sure, but these are cool! For the record though, while they look date, the Shimano is a superior shoe (look how many were wearing them on the TdF).

    Better than the Leader II

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43.5 Euro

    I have been riding in the Leader II shoes for awhile. One thing I always disliked was the way the velcro strap worked. The Leader III goes way up and beyond in fixing that problem. The dual boa set up is great for getting the "just right" fit. The change from tighten only boa to the dual direction boa was also a major upgrade. I have only rode 4 miles in the Leader III's, but I am amazed by the way they feel and fit. The Blue color also is pretty cool and a talking point. I look forward to using them for a long time to come.
    Make sure to size up at least a half a size though!