Review of the Nike SuperRep cycling shoes

Nike has officially entered the race with its latest offering – the Nike SuperRep cycling shoe. These pocket rockets certainly stand out from the crowd with a bright and colorful design that manages to move away from tacky or garish. In fact, they are more reminiscent of Nike’s famous football boots than a cycling shoe.

The breathable mesh is literally a breath of fresh air, giving your foot stability without the unforgiving stiffness typical of cycling shoes. We love that Nike has cleverly avoided making these shoes look like bowling shoes, which may be typical of the cycling shoe trend.

Specifications

Sizes: 5-15

Available colors: Crimson Bliss/Total Orange/Pearl White, Pink, Black/Hyper Crimson/Metallic Silver, Black/Anthracite/Habanero Red/Phantom, White

Clip compatibility: 2-bolt SPD and 3-bolt Delta compatible

We recommend going up a size with your SuperReps, as the shoe is narrow and certainly comfortable when our user tested size EU 36. This cycling shoe isn’t cheap either, and cleats are sold separately, but you are (partly) paying for a very reputable brand.

We hooked up to the Peloton bike (opens in a new tab) take these shoes for a ride, which is one of the best exercise bikes (opens in a new tab) for Look Delta compatible cleats (3 holes). Nike SuperRep shoes are compatible with Look Delta (3-hole) and SPD (2-hole) cleats, so you can take your pick when purchasing.

Not sure which shoe is best for you? Check out some of the best shoes for Peloton (opens in a new tab)or check out the Nike SuperRep cycling shoes with our full review below.

Price and availability

The MSRP for this shoe is $120 / £109.95, but that doesn’t include your cleats. Although these sell for a slightly lower price than the Peloton cycling shoes, the Peloton include cleats and bindings. It’s worth remembering that you also get 2- and 3-bolt mounting options with Nike (unlike the Santic Jian1 cycling shoes), which provides an extra touch of versatility for home and commercial use. You can buy these shoes direct from Nike or most other major cycling retailers in the US, UK and Europe.

Design and features

  • Design and Feature Rating: 4.0/5

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It goes without saying that Nike has a rep for extremely beautiful shoes. These stylish additions to the world of cycling are no different – they look awesome, with hook and loop cross velcro straps to secure your heel and toes. They’re also 2-bolt and 3-bolt compatible, which is huge if you’re looking for some diversity between road and mountain biking.

Some users have mentioned a lack of instructions for mounting the cleats, but we found the installation guide (opens in a new tab) on the very helpful Nike website for a step by step guide. Even if you’re a newcomer, this is a comprehensive introduction to outfitting your new kicks – although we recommend you have an allan wrench handy for the tricky plates and screws. (and a little patience.)

We love how the cleats attach through the sole of the shoe. This means that the cleat itself sits almost flush with the bottom so you can walk properly, rather than click on it. The rubber base gives you a lot more grip when walking and has room to make contact with the ground, while the hard plastic sole provides plenty of support and some needed stiffness.

Although there are no cleats included, Nike provides washers, bolt screws and an adaptable cleat insert plate.

Comfort

Nike SuperRep Cycling Shoe

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We strongly recommend that you buy a size up. Our tester wore a US 5/ EU 26/ UK 3 size with Delta cleats and they felt very tight which made testing much more difficult. The mesh design creates full airflow alongside the perforated sock liners, which are breathable and super lightweight as a new addition to your next sweaty spinning session. They also require significantly less break-in than their stiffer counterparts, as the mesh allows you to bend your foot as you walk.

Unfortunately, we just found them too narrow for longer endurance rides, and our toes felt squashed at the top end of the shoe during the push phase of the cadence, as well as during the climbs. Brands like Santic and Venzo cycling shoes are naturally roomier and wrap the foot with more padding.

Performance

Nike SuperRep cycling shoe on Peloton

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We found getting in and out of the Peloton super quick and easy, but learned how cycling shoes work (opens in a new tab) could also save you time and faff if you feel like getting started.

Whether you’re blasting it on a ’90s-themed SoulCycle or propelling it to the heights on a guided endurance ride, SuperReps deliver. They’re cut just below the ankle so you can enjoy the full range of motion through your foot when pedaling, and they felt secure throughout our two test rides, with either a slip or a limited movement during push-pull phases. The cleats also create a great connection between the foot and the pedal which improves alignment and technique, and the stiff internal underfoot plate optimizes energy return for more efficient cycling.

These shoes worked well, but the tight fit made endurance rides a little tedious, and we certainly tested much more comfortable shoes for longer rides. It was as if the need for a sleek design actually compromised comfort.

Value for money

  • Value for money rating: 3.0/5

These are not cheap shoes, but Nike is a premium brand with an equally high price tag. We think they’re definitely worth the money, but we wish the cleats were included to give these shoes a bit more bang for their buck.

Verdict

Of all the shoes we tested, the SuperReps are the most reminiscent of a trainer and take first place for their premium breathable design. If you’re looking for versatility, they certainly fit well into modern sportswear aesthetics, and the flexible mesh provides a lot more movement for your foot so you’re not left hanging around awkwardly.

However, we found other shoes we tested, such as the Fizik cycling shoe, to offer a roomier fit and better support thanks to its modern BOA closure system. And a clearer shoe sizing instruction label would come in handy so that users aren’t caught off guard when they click the online purchase button.

Alternatives

Santic Jian1 Cycling Shoe

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For those on a budget, the Santic Jian1 cycling shoes (pictured above) could be an affordable way to hit the market. They only offer SPD-SL and Look Delta cleats, but you get them included and many features are similar to their more expensive peers.

If you’re looking for high tech, Rapha Classics is considered the pinnacle of cycling apparel. Rapha prides itself on timeless design and superior quality, and puts performance at the heart of everything it does. It will cost you, but if you can exceed the price, they will be your new pedaling companion.

How we tested

We tested the Nike SuperRep cycling shoes in our specially designed test center and rated them from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Price and availability
  • Design and features
  • Comfort
  • Performance

For all models, we tackled a quick HIIT class and an active recovery session to ensure that each shoe could perform and function, regardless of the user’s training preferences.

We then gave the shoes an overall rating out of five with a final verdict summarizing each model’s strengths and weaknesses, and whether we feel they’re ready to roll.

User Reviews

Customers who have purchased the Nike SuperRep Cycle shoes have given them a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. Users rated their comfort and said they were worth the investment, while others loved the fun colors and patterns. Negative feedback mentioned that sizes run small and warn buyers to size up.

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