Gear Review: Tiem Cycling Shoesby Julie Horton - Friday, February 21, 2020
Packing just got a lot easier.
How many pairs of shoes did you bring on your last cycling vacation? Let me guess: your cycling shoes, your comfy walking shoes, a pair of sandals, and perhaps one more pair “just in case.” Imagine if you could cut that number to just one pair!
I recently discovered Tiem, a women-specific brand of indoor cycling shoes. As their website proclaims, these shoes are designed with “all of the styling of your favorite sneakers.” Though they are intended specifically for indoor use, and Tiem can’t attest to their durability for outdoor use, I’ve happily used a pair on a multi-day trip that included some rocky terrain. The shoes performed well and have shown no excessive signs of wear.
These stylish shoes accommodate an SPD cleat and are also lightweight, and comfortable for both walking and cycling. Let’s face it, any all-around shoe is going to mean some compromises. These shoes are not as stiff as my traditional cycling shoes, and not quite as comfortable as my favorite walking shoes. To me these differences are minimal particularly when I consider the convenience and space savings.
Tiem recommends sizing down a half-size. I ignored this suggestion but wish I wouldn’t have. The shoe straps don’t cinch as tight as I would like so I do have minor slippage when I “pull” on the pedals. Other than that, these shoes are everything I dreamed they would be.
Gentlemen – Tiem only makes shoes in women’s sizes so you’ll need to size up accordingly.