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Shimano TR-5

Though sometimes lost in the mix of sexier brands, Shimano has long put out a very solid (and consistent) entry/intermediate-level tri shoe.

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Boasting the same fit that generally suits wide-footed triathletes better than someone with narrow needs, the Shimano TR-5 is a great choice when you might be wearing socks (or not, a decent sockless liner works wonders), you know your feet swell, or you just want more room for less possible pinching.

For less than $150, the Shimano TR-5 also has all of the essential tri-specific features like an outward-opening main strap, killer ventilation (but probably on the warmer side of the scale), and a giant heel loop for those who haven’t mastered the art of the slipper slip-on. Reinforcement at key areas on the heel and toe mean that you’ll likely upgrade to something lighter or tighter way before you actually wear these out.

$130, Competitivecyclist.com