While Nike has an on-and-off history with cycling shoes, the brand has never before released a product for the indoor pedaling set. That all changed this week with the release of the SuperRep Cycle, specifically designed for spin workouts. Perhaps in response to the recent, pandemic-fueled explosion of Peloton and other home-based cycling products and programs — and certainly in line with it — this shoe boasts unique features oriented toward stationary bikes.
Unlike traditional cycling shoes, which tend to be quite stiff for optimal power transfer, the SuperRep has a bit more flex to accommodate lateral and out-of-seat movements during spin sessions. It also has a lightweight mesh upper, perforated sockliner and vents through the bottom of the plate to support breathability and shed sweat. There are rubber studs and a textured toe plate for walking to and from the bike as well.
It’s worth noting that cleats are not included, but the shoes support both SPD and SPD-SL style cleats. I know this firsthand because I threw some SPD cleats on a pair and took them for an outdoor ride. Big takeaways: while definitely not ideal for outdoor use, they can work in a pinch. Just don’t, say, pop into the grocery store on your way home from a ride, unless you want your fellow shoppers thinking you just came from tap class.