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The right Bike Shoe

The right bike shoe for your next ride

Taking your time to think about what kind of bike footwear you’ll need for your next ride is important – we offer a range of models that are just as unique as your next ride will be, or the conditions you’ll be riding in, or even the gear you’ll need.

When it comes to choosing the right footwear, there is so much to consider – not just personal factors such as the shape of your foot or its width – you also have to take into account the design features of your future shoes. The type of footwear, its materials, construction, outsole, usage and, of course, the special features of each individual model all have to be considered.

V-Flow Stability Index

To help you find the perfect VAUDE shoe, we’ve developed a way to categorize our footwear. We call it the V-Flow Index.

The V-Flow Index combines the stability of the shaft with the midsole and outsole. It creates a precise calibration system — from 3 (flexible) Enduro to 9 (very stiff) Road and Cross Country (XC). One of the most important features in performance footwear is the stiffness or flexibility of the sole.

8-7 ROAD / CROSSCOUNTRY

  • Paved roads and paths, flowy forest and meadow trails on hard packed soil or solid gravel
  • Perfect fit and stiff sole for optimum power transfer

6 ALL MOUNTAIN

  • Trails varying from hard packed soil or solid gravel up to loose soil and rocks in alpine terrain
  • Perfect fit and protection with optimum power transfer

5-4 TRAVEL & CITY

  • Everyday cycling, urban biking, commuting to work, recreational cycling, bicycle trips and bicycle tours
  • Comfort and flexibility, built for cycling and walking

3 ENDURO

  • Demanding, technical single trails in rough terrain, on roots and scree, some carrying passages
  • Comfort and flexibility, protective shaft, good climbing characteristics and best grip on flat pedals

This Index will help you preselect the footwear that would be most ideal for your planned activities. By the way: You can find the V-Flow index embossed on the outsole of all VAUDE shoes as well as on a label attached to the laces on new pairs.

After choosing a few to try on using the index, you can then fine-tune your selection to find your perfect shoes and so avoid problems from the beginning with shoes that don’t fit right.

When doing so, the following considerations might be helpful:

Shaft height Upper material Weather protection Insulation Your perfect outsole Flat pedal Clipless pedals