Can You Cycle in Hiking Boots?

Cycling in hiking boots is a contentious topic among cyclists. On the one hand, some people argue that it’s perfectly fine to cycle in hiking boots, and on the other, there are those who feel that it’s not a good idea. So what’s the truth?

To begin with, it’s important to point out that cycling in hiking boots is doable. After all, it’s not like you need to be wearing special cycling shoes to ride your bike.

That being said, there are some drawbacks to this approach. Firstly, hiking boots are usually quite bulky and heavy – when you add this extra weight to your feet and ankles while cycling, it can cause fatigue more quickly. Furthermore, because of their design, they don’t provide as much support for your feet as dedicated cycling shoes would.

The second issue is that if you plan to do any off-road riding in your hiking boots, they won’t provide much grip on the pedals – so you may find yourself slipping off them more easily than with dedicated cycling shoes. Additionally, if you plan on doing any fast or long rides, then having stiffer soles on your shoes can help you transfer power more efficiently.

Finally, if you don’t opt for waterproof hiking boots then your feet will get wetter when riding in wet conditions – and this can lead to discomfort or even worse – hypothermia!


In conclusion, it is possible to cycle in hiking boots but there are drawbacks that should be taken into consideration before doing so. It may be better for cyclists who plan on doing longer rides or off-road riding to invest in a pair of dedicated cycling shoes for more comfort and performance.

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Samantha Mckinney