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Custom shoe guide

8 Apr 2016

Put your best foot forward with our custom shoe guide.

Custom-made shoes aren’t just for foppish aristocrats and lairy rap musicians. With many riders happy to spend an inordinate amount of time and money making sure every last component and piece of kit perfectly matches the next, it was inevitable that cycling shoe manufacturers would get in on the act. Long the preserve of pro racers, whose shoe suppliers would knock them up a special pair to commemorate a particular victory or career milestone, if you fancy some for yourself you won’t necessarily have to win any races, just be prepared to cough up the cash. From swapping in different coloured straps and ratchets, to full custom printing and heat moulding we look at some of the options available. 

Here are the best custom cycling shoes

Specialized S-Works 6

Specialized’s newly updated shoe line is a lesson in minimalism, all muted shades and block colours. However, if you fancy injecting a bit of flair into proceedings, it’s possible to swap out the Boa dials for one of six fluoro colours. Even Alberto Contador was getting in on the act at last year’s Grand Tours, sporting pink dials during his winning ride at the Giro and, perhaps a little too optimistically, yellow ones during the Tour. Any of Specialized’s more conscientious stockists will also be able to set you up with their custom footbeds, should your trotters require something other than the standard insoles.  

From £280,

Sidi Ergo 4 Carbon Comp Lucido

Sidi offers the straps and ratchets that adorn the posher models in its extensive range in a bevy of different colours. We used them to customise the stylish and very rugged Ergo 4s into something perhaps slightly less dapper, but that nevertheless perfectly matches our Cyclist kit! Along with the look of the shoes, the built-in heel retention adjustment can help you perfectly dial in the fit, making sure they comfortably clamp your feet in place.


The model feet upon which shoes are built are called lasts. Lake use 14 different lasts – that’s not just to cover different sizes, but to cover 14 different shapes of feet. Depending on the intended application (whether you want them for racing, longer days out or cyclocross, perhaps) and your physiognomy, they’ll help you find your ideal match, which means you should end up with cycling slippers that are both comfy and efficient. With most models also featuring heat-mouldable heel cups, once you find your perfect mate, you’ll likely want to keep hold of them for a while. So why not splash out and colour match them to your bike? Lake will even bang on any custom logos you send over, too.

From £83,


Bont is famous for its custom sports shoes, also making individually tailored models for a slew of medal winning Olympic speed skaters alongside its popular cycling line up. You could choose the option to have them fully custom-moulded for around £350 using a resin-infused sock, but riders with slightly shallower pockets can instead plump for a pair constructed using the MyBonts custom design program (visit With the option to change the colour of each part, right down to the stitching, doing so will only incur a more modest $130 (£95) on top of the cost of the shoes, along with a two-month wait.

From £99,


Spanish shoemakers Luck give every impression of really wanting you to like your kicks. Not only will they sell you a pair in odd sizes should you have slightly mismatched feet, they’ll also customise them for €90. If you’ve got the graphics skills, you can add your own designs straight onto their template. Otherwise fire them over some pictures – the printing process means even photos will work, or logos for your team, and they’ll put the design together for you. Having got our Art Director Andrew on the case, there’s a pair winging their way to Cyclist HQ, so keep your peepers peeled for a review soon.

From £217,


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