If you're just getting into cycling and are ready to get rid of your sneakers and invest in your first pair of cycling shoes, Pearl Izumi's Select RD IV Shoe is a strong introductory choice among dozens of tech heavy options. Inspired by Pearl's higher end road shoes, the sleek, simple Select RD IV occupies a decidedly wallet friendly price point with all of the features a beginner or casual road cyclist would need. It's also equipped to handle three bolt road and two bolt mountain cleats in case you find yourself testing out a mountain bike or two in the future. The synthetic uppers of the Select RD IV feature ample perforations throughout to help air flow freely throughout the shoe, and Pearl Izumi specifically positioned the three hook and loop straps along the forefoot at a 25 degree angle to allow you to fine tune the fit of the shoe enough to follow the shape of your foot without creating hot spots or pressure points. Inside the shoe, Pearl's Select Insole provides some additional support across your arch, while the heel, made with EVA foam and rubber, gives the shoe some extra stability during the times you're on foot. Finally, a composite sole ensures reliable, consistent power transfer as you become accustomed to clipless pedals and a more efficient pedal stroke.