Adidas Velosamba COLD.RDY Cycling Shoes (2024)

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The Adidas Velosamba COLD.RDY Cycling Shoes are an interesting pair of casual footwear for urban use – but, to quotea football cliché,it's a bit of a game of two halves. They're warm, they absolutely look the part with Adidas's familiar three-stripe aesthetic and they're great when you're riding, but they're a little too stiff for regular use off the bike.

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I am a bit of a religious wearer of Adidas Sambas – perhaps it's a throwback to Britpop or maybe I'm just too set in my ways to choose a different type of trainer. I was aware of Adidas's attempts at making a cycling version of its classic trainer – or 'VeloSamba' – in the past, and so with the release of the COLD.RDY version, I just had to try them out.

The first thing you notice is that they are clearly Adidas Sambas but with a slightly different shape. I'd say they actually look a little more like a skateboarding shoe, as they're wider than the non-cycling Samba and the soles are much thicker.

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The reflectives are a great touch. The shoes have Adidas's classic black-with-white stripes look during the day, but when they're picked out by headlights they come to life – not only are the stripes andlogo reflective, the apparently black uppers are also impressively reflective. With your feet moving when you're riding, these are extremely effective at increasing your night-time visibility.

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The toe box is made from a much harder-wearing rubberised material rather than the suede used for constructing regular Sambas, whichmakes a lot of sense given the intended uses of the different shoes.

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As you'd expect from a training shoe-inspired design, Adidas has gone for regular laces, but with a loop to tuck laces under, to prevent them getting caught in your chain.

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What sets the Velosamba apart from the regular Samba is that these have additional insulation to protect your feet on colder rides – and it's the thicker outer material used for the insulation that gives them the look of skate shoes.

In terms of effectiveness they are undoubtedly warmer, I wore them down to about 3°C with a regular pair of sports socks and my feet never felt cold. If I wanted to put on some wool socks or similar I could have comfortably gone lower too if necessary.

That said, these shoes are not waterproof, so while I could use them in light drizzle, for heavier or more sustained rain I would choose something else.

The shoes can take a two-bolt SPD cleat, which sits in a cutout, and once the cleats were fittedI had no problems engaging or disengaging from the pedals.

I used these with a set of Crankbrothers Eggbeaters and they worked very well, with walking not impacted by the cleats, which is an absolute necessity for shoes designed to be worn off the bike as well as on.

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On the bike they work very well, and offered a surprising level of stiffness, so they felt less like a trainer that has been adapted to cycling and more like a cycling shoe.

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However, although I was a big fan of these shoes when I was riding, they are clearly focused more on cycling than walking. This is because the needs of a more cycling-friendly design mean that the shoes are considerably stiffer than a training shoe, and there's very little flex in the sole.

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It's not like you're walking in a set of carbon soles, but a flat sole profile, combined with very little flex in the sole means they are uncomfortable to wear when you're walking for any length of time. For things like a quick dash to the shopor for a desk job you commute to, these are absolutely fine, but I would not want to ride somewhere in these to walk around a park or go trawling round the shops for hours[clarified, for Rendel Harris].


The £130 priceseems about right compared to other shoeson the market and the cost of other variants of the Samba.

Our sister recently reviewed the £140Five TenTrailcrossClip-Inshoes. These have the opposite qualities of the Velosambas – as a more off-road-focused design these have a more flexible sole and are better off the bike, but I'd argue they still fall into the the 'cycling trainer' category.

John raved about the £190Quoc Chelsea, a Chelsea-style boot with an SPD-compatible sole. And though these aren't trainers, they offer the same kind of commuter aesthetic and seem a little easier to walk in – once you've broken them in.


I have mixed feelings about these shoes. They look great, work well off the bike and keep your feet nice and warm, and who doesn't like cosy feet?

The flip side of the shoes' stiff soles, which makes them so successful for cycling in, is that they struggle to work quite as effectively when you're off the bike. They are designed to be used as crossover shoes and although they're fine for riding to places where you're not going to be doing a huge amount of walking, that does limit their usefulness a little.


An efficient and stylish pair of shoes that are great for cycling – but these shoes aren't made for walking

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Make and model: Adidas Velosamba COLD.RDY Cycling Shoes

Size tested: UK 7

Tell us what the product is for

Adidas says:

Keep up your bike commute when the weather turns cold. This insulated Velosamba cycling shoe extends your comfort zone in cold weather without compromising on iconic Samba style. It's designed with winter city riding and commuting in mind, and Adidas COLD.RDY seals in warmth. It's two-bolt cleat compatible, with a full-length reinforced midsole for efficient pedalling that still flexes for comfortable walking. A reflective logo and 3-Stripes details increase low-light visibility.

Made with a series of recycled materials, this upper features at least 50% recycled content. This product represents just one of our solutions to help end plastic waste.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Regular fit

Protective lace closure system

Textile upper with mesh overlay

Warm terry lining

Reflective details

Nylon and glass fibre composite plate

Synthetic outsole with two-bolt cleat compatibility

Upper contains a minimum of 50% recycled content

Product colour: Core Black/Cloud White/Silver Metallic

Rate the product for quality of construction:


They are well made – and they feel like they would survive an explosion.

Rate the product for performance:


On the bike they are fantastic, but they are too stiff off it to be comfortable for regular use.

Rate the product for durability:


They feelprettybombproof, and I have no reason to believe they wouldn't last.

Rate the product for fit:


Rate the product for sizing:


About what I would expect, though Adidas does recommend sizing up by half a size.

Rate the product for weight:


Rate the product for comfort:


Difficult one to score – on the bike they're comfortable and warm, off the bike they are too stiff for extended use.

Rate the product for value:


There are few direct competitors to the Velosambas but the price feels about right, and is within a tennerof the Five Ten TrailcrossClip-Ins mentioned.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Washed them with a cloth a couple of times –no different to washing any other trainer.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They're 50% great, but 50% could be improved –on the bike they are excellent, off the bike they are a bit too stiff for walking any distance.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The insulation –they're great for use in cold weather. And the impressive amount of reflectives.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The stiffness off the bike – they are not comfortable to walk in.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

We recently looked at the Five TenTrailcrossClip-In shoe that are a more off-road focused design, but I would argue they stillfall into the 'cycling trainer' category. The super-stylish Quoc Chelseaboots aren't trainers, but do offer the same kind of commuter aesthetic and also seem a little easier to walk in.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – depending on how much they plan to walk in them.

Use this box to explain your overall score

On the bike they are excellent, but they are a bit too stiff to be comfortable for walks of any length when you're off it.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 35Height: 6 ftWeight:

I usually ride: CAAD13My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 10-20 yearsI ride: Every dayI would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

Adidas Velosamba COLD.RDY Cycling Shoes (2024)


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