Runner-Up: Specialized BG Torch Road Shoe
Insert one of three removable foot beds (sold separately; each gives you a different amount of support) into this shoe for a custom fit. The buckle-lock closure secures your foot as you stroke. "These helped my knees stay aligned with my hips, which is key for efficient pedaling," Jarrell says ($140, specialized.com).
Our Expert Tester: Sara Jarrell, 27, Asheville, North Carolina
Jarrell, a bike rider and racer, works as a wrench (aka bike mechanic) in the mountains of North Carolina and is a ride society leader with Giant for Women. Her favorite pastime is to cycle along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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