Road cycling shoes optimise power transfer and pedalling efficiency but are difficult to walk in. Road shoes will likely use a three-bolt cleat mount, meaning they will only be compatible with road clipless systems. They typically feature lightweight ventilated uppers and a retention system. Budget and mid-range shoes will feature composite soles while carbon fibre soles are found on premium models. Consider the amount of ventilation you’ll need in your road shoes. For warm summer conditions, lightweight, well-ventilated shoes are ideal, while winter weather may require more insulation.