For the first time in more than a decade adidas is back in the cycling shoe game with their creatively-named “The Road Cycling Shoes”. Woven from the brand’s own recycled Primegreen fabric, the new road bike shoes aim for an affordable middle of the market, both in tech & price, featuring a lace-up design that harkens back to classic adidas soccer style.

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes: a return to the road bike shoe

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, 
c. adidas, lead photo by The 5th Floor

Arguably many modern cycling shoes have started to look quite similar, thanks to pared-down synthetic upper construction and the return of laces for light weight and simplicity. But the new lace-up football boots road shoes from adidas have the benefit of more that half a century of soccer shoes with their iconic three stripes to pull from.

In recent years we’ve seen some interesting cycling crossovers from adidas – like their collaborations with Colnago – but cycling-specific shoes have been limited to FiveTen, a brand they bought up back in 2011.

Lace-up, Greenweave – Tech details

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, angled

But history & classic looks aside, these new adidas The Road Cycling Shoes are a totally modern pair of road cycling kicks. They feature a one-piece seamless synthetic woven upper made from recycled polyester that falls under adidas’ Primegreen eco material initiative. This new ‘Primeweave’ is said to be highly breathable, while offering plenty of structured support that conforms to the shape of your foot.


Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, glass fiber sole

Aimed a hitting a reasonable balance of cost and performance, the Road Cycling Shoes get a glass-reinforced nylon composite sole (instead of the carbon soles of more expensive road shoes.) The 3-bolt road sole is said to still deliver a “stiff, responsive feel” while balancing all-day comfort. Non-replaceable molded rubber toe & heel tread blocks offer a bit of grip for the walk to & from your bike.

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, details

The shoes get bonded-on white reflective stripes, plus a reflective heel tab for low light visibility. The ‘lightweight jacquard woven upper’ features integral TPU heel & toe reinforcement to protect the Primeweave from scuffs.

Classic lace closure lets you fine tune fit over the “adaptive tongue construction”, and a molded internal heel cup holds your foot in place. Plus, an elastic loop will keep long laces out of your drivetrain.

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes – Pricing, options & availability

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, back inside

The Adidas Road Cycling Shoes will be sold direct from adidas.com in limited markets starting December 1 for £130 / 146€.

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe, white side

The new road shoes are available in black or white, plus white reflective for the classic three stripes in either color.

More info on the complete sizing range has not been made available yet. But we do have word from a reader with an early version that a single UK size 9.5 shoe weighs 300g

More new Adidas cycling gear coming too?

Adidas The Road Cycling Shoes, all-new mid-price lace-up soccer football style road bike shoe

soccer cleats, football boots, or cycling shoes… you decide?The new cycling shoes also bring with them plenty more Adidas Cycling kit to complete the look. If you are going for the full-football vibe, these £15/15€ Alphaskin crew socks sure look like a pair of shinguards to me.

adidas new The Road Cycling kit

Plus, there seems to be a whole line of matching 3-stripe style jerseys, bib shorts & more on the way in December too, for those men and women looking to take the adidas style all the way – on and off the bike.

adidas.de/en or adidas.co.uk

22 COMMENTS

    • Relax dude…Since these are retro inspired, laces certainly make sense (& composite sole) These shoes are not aimed at the full on race crowd.

      Last I checked there are a bunch of laced shoes out there, (especially at the premium price points).

      As Adidas gets back into the game you will see a full bling Boa, carbon sole, unobtanium shoe directly marketed to the full on performance & race crowd.

      • Retro doesn’t need to be dysfunctional and unsafe. Look at the size of that lace hanging all over the shoes, this is a bad idea. You can’t adjust on the fly if it starts getting lose, in fact if it gets unlaced it can get even more dangerous. You can never compromise safety by look. I am out

        • Bad thinking from you !!!! GIRO brings the old school Shoes since 2014 on the market. I ride the Giro Empire VR90 since 2015, no problems with Laces. It´s the best way for the feets with out pressure points.

    • It’s so odd to see so many comments hating on the laces. They have been a thing for a least the last 5 years with the Specialized Sub 6 and dozens of different Giro shoes having laces.

      I’ve played soccer all my life and I think these look fantastic. The socks though… not so much.

  1. used to ride the old Eddie Merckx shoes that I converted to look cleat standard. To me, they were the sh_t back then, but somehow I’m not feeling it this time around.

  2. You tuck the laces in, just like soccer cleats! I had a pair of Adidas mountain bike shoes in the late 90’s. three Velcro straps and a high top covering inside ankle bone protecting it from the crank arm, and low top on the outside. Nylon sole but plenty stiff, and they were extremely light. I would love to see these come back.

    • I had those same Adidas,and they now reside at my in-laws in Switzerland along with some old pedals and a helmet for our yearly visits.Will be awhile before I can put those on again.

  3. Mark, one of the easiest ways of mitigating this is to tie the laces in a bow. That will stop them from loosening, unlacing or needing adjustment whilst you’re riding.

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