Pedaling in high heels and roller skates?

Podium Cycling sells a different kind of shoe covers

There are roadies who prefer subdued cycling kit, and there are those who like flashy clothing. For those who want to take it a step further, to the point of making riding mates and passers-by alike stare, enter Podium Cycling's shoe covers.

With 11 graphics options made to look like the rider is wearing high heels or is riding barefoot, or has green monster feet or some other strange appendage, the Podium shoe covers are anything but subtle.

"A lot of our gear on PodiumShoeCovers and PodiumCycling tries to stray away from the norms of cycling apparel," said company co-founder Jonathan Ciaccio.

"Did I just get passed by someone in work boots?"

The shoe covers come in three weights. The $30/£19 Summer is thin, like a time-trial aero cover. The $35/£22 Spring/Fall has a bit of insulation and the $40/£25 Winter is the heavy-duty option.

Other graphics include duck feet, old-school Converse, dress shoes, moccasins, flip flops, talons and roller skates.

Ciaccio and pro cyclist Phil Gaimon created the company two years ago. Podium Cycling also produces straightforward cycling clothing, including a full range of custom. They also do a series of "Share the Damn Road" jerseys.

The small American company is based in Gainesville, Florida, but ships internationally.

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Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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