Lake CX210, £79.99
A fibreglass-injected nylon sole and reinforced heel area make this a rigid shoe designed to transfer all the energy from your legs to moving forward. A breathable mesh upper features leather overlays that secure your foot and help it dry out from the swim.
A clever wedge at the end of the Velcro tab means you'll never be fiddling to thread the tab through, and if you're a fashion-conscious triathlete - and who isn't? - the pearlescent shimmer and neat design add pizzazz.
Shimano TR31, £99.99
The essence of a good triathlon bike shoe is easy access at speed, comfort on your foot and power transfer to the pedals. Shimano's TR31 delivers on every count and at an affordable price, too. It's a simple shoe: a combination of breathable mesh with synthetic overlaps in the upper, secured
with one big Velcro tab, and all sitting on a fiberglass-reinforced sole. It's not the stiffest outsole available but it's more than adequate for all but the most experienced athletes.
Sidi II Triathlon, £149.99
Sidi's specialist tri shoe is more than just easy on the eye. The highly perforated synthetic leather upper, which is open down the centre, cools and dries your feet and drains water efficiently. Its double Velcro straps are more of a hassle than a big single strap but they do secure the shoe around your foot. What you're really paying the extra money for is the carbon composite outsole that is by far the stiffest of the three on test, particularly through the middle of the outsole.