Anyone who is more than just a casual rider will know just how important it is to select the right equipment for riding a bike. While beginners will usually ride in a pair of normal trainers once you start getting serious about cycling then wearing the correct shoes can make all the difference.
Womens cycle shoes are more than a change of colour. They are designed to make the most of the difference in anatomy between men and women. Ladies cycle shoes will have a slightly higher arch in the middle and a narrower fit around the heels not to mention a slightly shallower toe area to ensure a good fit while riding a bike.
While many cycle shoes will feature toe clips to maximise the power to the pedal you will often find that ladies MTB shoes offer freedom from clips while still providing good adhesion to the pedal. This means that the shoes can be used for hiking as well as cycling and will offer great protection from bumps and jumps too. Womens MTB shoes often feature higher ankle supports and padding to protect riders from injury as well as exceptional water resistance and breathability to ensure that you don't overheat.
Cycle shoes with clips will provide better traction against the pedal which not only aids power transfer but also stops your feet slipping off the pedals when fatigue starts to set in. Clipless shoes, on the other hand, provide more flexibility and are still designed to connect well with the pedals. Whatever type of shoes you choose the fit is all important as ill fitting shoes can give you blisters and adversely affect your performance.