Shoe and pedal choice is one of the most important decisions you have to make as a rider, whether you value the subtle connection the right rubber compound can make with a flat pedal or the power transfer provided by a sexy carbon sole. The choices are many, and range from utilitarian to ultra-exotic and everything in between.
We saw a huge cross-section of footwear at this year's Interbike show, ranging from new flat pedal shoes from Sombrio to urban clipless options from DZR and high-performance economical mountain models from Giro, all the way to high-end road shoes that cost more than a complete entry-level bike. Check out our massive image gallery to see the latest shoes from these brands plus Five Ten, Fizik, Giro, Northwave, Shimano, Sidi, The North Face, Vittoria, and Bont.
The Sidi Ergo 3 Vent Carbon (US$499.99) is built atop a new full-carbon plate and has two internal channels for flow-through ventilation, with an adjustable toe vent that can be opened or closed to account for changes in weather
On the pedal front, we were impressed by the features e*thirteen have packed into their LG1 flats and the potential of Speedplay's prototype off-road Syzr, which our technical editor James Huang has already reported on comprehensively. Other notables for 2012 include CrankBrothers' redesigned Mallet. Click through our image gallery for a look at these pedals and more, including the latest offerings from Time, Twenty6 and VP.
CrankBrothers' new Mallet in commemorative Interbike 2011 colours