Finding the right shoe size is crucial for having a comfortable and safe cycling experience on your Peloton bike.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide Peloton’s shoe size charts for both men and women, tips for measuring your feet and picking the correct shoe size, advice if the shoes don’t fit properly, and additional resources to help you select the ideal Peloton cycling shoes.
Understanding Peloton Shoe Sizing
Peloton shoes are specifically designed for indoor cycling, with features like stiff soles for efficient pedalling, adjustable cleats to clip into the Peloton pedals, and breathable uppers to keep your feet ventilated.
They size shoes differently than typical sneakers or dress shoes to account for feet swelling during intense cycling sessions.
When you first try on Peloton shoes, your feet should feel snug at the widest point and have just enough room for socks but no major slipping.
The shoes will expand a bit as you break them in. Trying both whole and half sizes is wise to find your best match.
Finding the Perfect Fit:
Achieving the “perfect fit” for Peloton shoes means they should be snug when standing still, with your toes just touching the front edge of the shoes.
As you pedal vigorously, your feet will expand slightly side-to-side and need just a bit of extra room lengthwise.
Shoes that are too loose can cause rubbing blisters, while too tight of a fit will cramp your feet.
When clipping into the pedals, your forefoot should feel like the shoe hugs it securely so that all your power gets transferred straight to the pedals without wasted motion or flexing inside the shoe.
Sizing Charts for Men and Women:
Peloton provides printed sizing charts specifically for their cycling shoes to make it easier to select your size.
Rather than generic size designations like 7 or 10, their charts list inches/centimetres for the length and width of each full and half shoe size.
This way you can compare directly to your foot measurements.
For example, a Peloton men’s size 44 shoe equals 11” (28 cm) in length and 4 1/8” (10.5 cm) in width across the ball of the foot.
An advantage to the sizing charts is that you can print them and place your foot on top to match up lengths when measuring.
Peloton recommends ordering 1/2 size smaller than your regular shoe size for the best fit while cycling.
- Women’s: o Size 35-43 (5-11.5 US) o Length 218mm-265mm (8 9/16″- 10 7/16″) o Ball Width 87mm-106mm (3 7/16″- 4 3/16″)
- Men’s: o Size 40-48 (7-15 US) o Length 255mm-295mm (10″-11 5/8″) o Ball Width 95mm-118mm (3 3/4″- 4 5/8″)
What if I Fall Between Sizes?
It’s certainly possible to not match up exactly with a listed full shoe size in Peloton’s charts. Feet comes in all shapes and sizes!
Trying on both the smaller and larger sizes is wise if you measure close to a half size.
Walk around the house wearing each option with the same socks you’d cycle in. The size producing the least amount of heel slippage while allowing just a thumb’s width of space up front is likely the winner.
Also, consider that many people find their left and right feet differ slightly in size.
In this case, fit your larger foot and wear thicker socks on the smaller one if needed.
Custom orthotic shoe inserts are another option to take up small amounts of volume if you land between sizes.
Narrow or Wide Feet?
Those with narrow feet may need to size down further and still find roominess with standard Peloton shoes designed for average widths.
If downsizing leaves your toes crowded against the front edge, however, try adding a tongue pad or heel insert before exchanging for new shoes.
People with wide feet should order their Peloton shoes in the proper length and simply loosen laces and straps to make more space.
Wear socks thick enough so your feet still fit securely mid-shoe as they will likely slip some during cycling.
If your feet spill off the midsole edges, however, look into getting custom shoes made.
An insert like Superfeet could also help take up volume so standard width Peloton shoes contain wide feet better without heel slippage.
Comparing Peloton to Other Cycling Shoe Sizes
Peloton shoes run short and narrowly sized compared to most regular athletic shoes.
While you may normally wear a size 10 sneaker, you’ll likely need around a 9.5 or even 9 in Peloton shoes.
The stiff carbon fibre soles don’t have any give to expand like typical running shoe materials.
The tight fit needed to transfer pedalling power properly requires less foot slipping inside.
So don’t assume your Peloton shoe size will match what you normally wear for casual or outdoor footwear.
Refer closely to the sizing charts for your gender, trace your foot, and ideally try them on in person first before ordering if possible.
Fit can vary across cycling shoe brands as well, so focus specifically on the Peloton size charts.
Do Peloton Shoes Run True to Size?
Based on the sizing specifics we’ve covered, Peloton shoes do not always run “true to size” in the typical sense.
The size you end up ordering very well may be smaller than your general US shoe size measurement in normal walking or athletic shoes.
This is by design to account for the firmer sole and the need to eliminate foot slipping during intensive cycling.
If you only consult a standard non-cycling shoe chart, you’ll likely have loose-fitting Peloton shoes prone to rub blisters.
Refer to Peloton’s printed sizing charts and follow their tips of ordering 1/2 size down from your regular shoe size for the proper short and snug cycling shoe fit.
How to Measure Your Feet for Peloton Shoes:
Accurate foot measurements at home are vital for determining your best Peloton shoe size and ordering the correct pair.
Here are the key steps: Remove your socks and stand on a blank piece of paper. Outline the shape of both feet with a pen or marker.
Place tick marks at the tip of your longest toe and back of the heel. Measure from tick mark to tick mark in centimetres or inches to get your foot length.
For width, use the ball of your foot outline halfway between the base of your big toe and pinky toe.
Compare your length and width numbers to the Peloton size charts to find your fit, trying them on in person first when possible.
Measure near the end of your day when your feet are the largest. Trace again each time to account for any foot swelling if needed.
What to Do if Your Peloton Shoes Don’t Fit:
First, double-check check you followed Peloton’s fitting advice and their sizing charts closely rather than guessing your size.
If the shoes cause pain, rub certain spots consistently causing blisters, or simply feel too loose/tight while cycling, they likely do not fit properly.
Don’t try to break them in further hoping they will stretch or mold to your feet. Poorly sized cycling shoes can lead to injury.
Instead, exchange them for a different size even if slightly outside the return period – Peloton provides a one-time courtesy size exchange for members.
Also, ensure your pedals allow proper shoe cleat adjustment -switching to LOOK Delta-compatible pedals could make a difference.
If no size works well, consider consulting a bike fit specialist used to working with cycling shoes.
Alternative Resources for Peloton Shoe Sizing:
Beyond Peloton’s official sizing charts and recommendations, several other helpful resources exist for double-checking your measurements or fit questions:
- Local bike shops – Their shoe experts can measure your feet professionally and recommend comparable cycling shoe sizes/brands.
- DYI videos – Several YouTube channels like “Measure Your Feet” demonstrate at-home measurement techniques to get your length and width numbers accurately.
- Specialized shoe stores – Running speciality stores frequently carry cycling shoes as well or have employees knowledgeable on fit who can assist.
- Online forums – The Peloton Shoes subpage of Reddit is dedicated specifically to members troubleshooting size and comfort issues with advice from experienced riders.
Finding your appropriate Peloton cycling shoe size is the necessary first step to enjoying all the benefits of Peloton classes.
While it may require some trial and error, closely consulting their sizing charts, measuring your feet’s length and width carefully, and ideally trying them on in advance will set you up for success.
Getting properly fitted shoes provides both comfort and safety, prevents injury, increases your pedalling power transfer and stability on the bike, and enables clipping in securely on every ride.
Don’t hesitate to exchange sizes or seek additional guidance if your shoes don’t feel right as you get started.
Taking time to get the fit dialled in is worth the comfort and confidence you’ll feel crushing every Peloton PR chasing your fitness goals.