If you're just getting into cycling and are ready to get rid of your sneakers and invest in your first pair of cycling shoes, Pearl Izumi's Select RD IV Shoe is a strong introductory choice among dozens of tech-heavy options. Inspired by Pearl's higher end road shoes, the sleek, simple Select RD IV occupies a decidedly wallet-friendly price point with all of the features a beginner or casual road cyclist would need. It's also equipped to handle three-bolt road and two-bolt mountain cleats in case you find yourself testing out a mountain bike or two in the future.
The synthetic uppers of the Select RD IV feature ample perforations throughout to help air flow freely throughout the shoe, and Pearl Izumi specifically positioned the three hook-and-loop straps along the forefoot at a 25-degree angle to allow you to fine-tune the fit of the shoe enough to follow the shape of your foot without creating hot spots or pressure points. Inside the shoe, Pearl's Select Insole provides some additional support across your arch, while the heel, made with EVA foam and rubber, gives the shoe some extra stability during the times you're on foot. Finally, a composite sole ensures reliable, consistent power transfer as you become accustomed to clipless pedals and a more efficient pedal stroke.
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Great First Road Shoe For Me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
My first cycling shoes, and I love them! Great value for the price. They are comfortable, and I love the bold bright red color! At first I was a little skepticle about the intense color, but have since fallen in love with it! Many compliments from other cycling buddies, too.
Have worn them in 15+ rides, once or twice had some tight spots in the fit, around the widest part of my foot. But I just had to reach down, re-do the velcro straps, wiggle my toes a bit to get comfy again, and all was good. I normally wear a 10 or 10.5 in shoes, depending on the type and style of shoe. In these road shoes, I chose the size 44.0, and they work just fine for me.
I really don't have any complaints. Oh, one of the top red straps on my right shoe began to lose it's stitching early on, almost losing it's buckle. Was a bit disappointed with that. But just took it to a local shoe repair shop, and $10 and a few days later, it was good as new! That's it, happy shopping!
Loving these shoes!
There are my first road shoes and definitely I love it!. Great design and fits good. Pearl Izumi did a great work on these shoes! It looks amazing with all my jerseys