Here at yba, we help each other out. I bother Zakiyyah from Skin We’re In and Get Tressed for skincare advice and Dina from Color Me Rouge for makeup tips all the time. And they come to me for anything health and fitness. It’s a nice balance! So when Zakiyyah asked my opinion on the best sneakers to wear for spinning, I figured I’d share what I’ve learned with all of you too.
The short version, and what I told Zakiyyah, is this: If you spin often, get clip-in cycling shoes. They will change your spinning life.
You want more than just my word on why you should cough up the extra bucks for dedicated cycling shoes, so here are some reasons these kicks are worth it:
- Better workout – You generate more power with clip-in shoes because you can pull the pedal up in addition to pushing it down. This works more muscles than if you were only pushing down, including the hamstrings, calves and hip flexors in addition to the quads and glutes.
- More control – This might actually be the best reason. You actually become part of the bike and every aspect of the ride – from climbs to jumps to sprints and everything else – becomes more precise and more powerful.
- Safer – As long as you hear that sharp click of your shoe snapping in when you hop on your bike, you won’t risk slipping out of the pedal as you might with your shoe in the cages. No hitting your calf on the spinning pedal = a safer sweat session.
- Pain-free – Ever notice pain in your arch (I might adopt that phrase) during class? How about in the ball of your foot? You won’t have those pains with clip-in shoes.
- Reduced risk of injury – Clipping in will help you achieve better alignment on the bike, which in turn helps prevent knee and hip injury that comes from being out of whack.
And by investing in cycling shoes, you are also investing in your commitment to health. You’ll be much less likely to hit snooze or lounge on the couch when you paid good money for your gear.
And once you try cycling shoes, you won’t ever want to go back.