All sports have shoes designed to improve your "game." Cycling shoes excel when you're in the saddle. Here's why: First, their stiff soles protect your feet from the punishment of pedaling for dozens or even hundreds of miles. (Ordinary sneakers flex too much and will hurt your feet in short order.) Second, cycling shoes fit snugly so that your feet cannot move back and forth inside when you're pedaling, which would waste energy and could cause blisters. Next, the materials used in cycling shoes provide ventilation to keep your feet cool, strength to handle pedaling forces and plenty of comfort features. And, finally, cycling shoes are made to work with the many types of cleat and pedal systems now available. These enhance your bicycling while also offering more control and safety.