No matter the terrain or distance, choosing the right pair of cycling shoes is critical for cycling comfort, and a well-fitting, appropriate bicycle shoe will significantly increase both comfort and enjoyment once wheels roll. The best advice we can offer is our usual mantra - buy based on your ride style to determine the type of shoe, and ride regularity to determine the appropriate shoe for your budget.
Once you've got the shoes, what next? Cycling socks are of course essential for all riders, and there's quite a home cottage industry of small & unique (not to mention colourful) brands just amongst this area alone, but apart from socks, what you need next sort of depends on your ride style. For road cyclists, overshoes are a great investment; whether to counter rain, wind or just to improve visibility. City cyclists may also wish to invest in a pair of overshoes, in which case choosing a model that is less fitted in order to cater for the larger footbed of urban cycling shoes is advisable.