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Best 5 Mountain Bike Shoes

Updated on April 7, 2016

Which Mountain Bike Shoes to Buy

In this review of cycling shoes I am going to show you the five best mountain biking shoes for sale. Whether you are on a budget mountain bike or a 5k Cannondale and are looking for a pair or you are in the market for an expensive upgrade you will find something in this article. Mountain biking shoes are an essential piece of kit and should be worn every time you go out as this helps you become a more efficient rider and get more power with them.

The review looks at five products, all mountain bike shoes are specifically made to enhance your cycling. Most shoes in this range come in different sizes, fitting and colors. Mountain biking shoes come in a wide variety of shapes and designs, the main purpose is to help you transfer power to your pedals with greater efficiency. The better mountain bike shoes help you to maximize output while maintaining a smooth, consistent and stable performance.

The manufactures of bike shoes are passionate about their products and produce them to high standards, this is reflected in there quality and the price you will need to pay.

Outerdo mountain bike shoes are one of the best and largest production companies and is one of the leading manufactures of cycling accessories in the world. Two shoes from their range are included. Another company with a great reputation for cycling accessories is Sneaker and two pairs from them are included. The third manufacture is Pearl, a great company who are creating an exiting new line in design, style and comfort for the budget market.

Before you go out on your bike take a while to look at your shoes and check them for any visible damage. Where your shoes even on short cycle rides, get into the habit of always wearing them. When you place your shoes on your feet make sure the fit is snug and fasten them on correctly and securely.

Different types of Mtn bike shoes

Pearl iZUMi Men's Select MTB Mountain Biking Shoe.
Pearl iZUMi Men's Select MTB Mountain Biking Shoe.

Pearl iZUMi Men's Select MTB Mountain Biking Shoe

Firstly I want to include one of the best mountain bike shoes for men who are on a budget, but this shoe still offers many qualities. It is available in sizes 35-37 this is a high performance shoe that will meet the needs of any aspiring mountain biker.

This Pearl izumi model bridges the gap between price and high-performance. Leather and mesh uppers offer foot comforting support and breath-ability. A new man made sole has high traction lugs for great stability. It comes with a synthetic heel lining for maximum heel hold. Minimal upper construction designed to minimize weight. The shoe is highly abrasion resistant, has a mesh forefoot area for maximum ventilation. The insole is comfortable for longer rides and provides enhanced arch support. There are 3 Velcro straps for ultimate comfort control.

The Sidi Dominator 5

Sidi Dominator 5 Men's mountain biking shoe.
Sidi Dominator 5 Men's mountain biking shoe.

Sidi 2015 Men's Dominator 5 Mesh Mountain Bike Shoes

Sidi is a company that enjoys huge success in the cycling market. This shoe is one of the best that is available for high performance mountain biking. The Sidi Dominator 5 is one of the top mountain biking shoes available today. It is available in both narrow and standard widths.

This is a top level performance shoe at a great price. The shoes are SPD compatible, made from synthetic leather with a mesh upper and is both durable and water resistant. It has Sidi quality and styling, has a rigid competition mid-sole, cup heel for perfect fitting and a mud sheddding outsole design with optional spikes. Add a soft arch compression strap feature and a padded tongue a comfortable support arch for longer or competition rides makes this shoe a great fitting, comfortable shoe for all day use.

It is available in sizes 40- 52 and is colored in Black/White/ Red

The Sidi Spider SRS

Top quality high spec mountain bike shoe, the Sidi Spider SRS.
Top quality high spec mountain bike shoe, the Sidi Spider SRS.

Sidi 2015 Men's Spider SRS Mountain Bike Shoes

Sidi manufacture and produce a wide range of mountain bike shoes, this one featured is from their SRS series which has been specifically made for the Cross Country or Cyclocross rider in mind.. A specific shoe aimed at the higher end market who want comfort, and a shoe that is made to the highest standards, has a patented replacement sole system for longer lasting shoes.

The Sidi Spider offers a new integrated rubber toe guard. Sidi mountain biking shoes offers comfort along with great looks. A secure caliper buckle for easy on the bike adjustment. Breathable, supple and strong Lorica microfiber upper with cooling mesh panels. A soft In-step closing system and a padded tongue to stop pressure points and aid the riders comfort. To complete this high spec shoe there is a ventilated and reflective heel cup and optional toe spikes.

If your looking for a high quality shoe you will struggle to find a better one than the Sidi Spider men's SRS.

Available in sizes 39 - 48 in Black/Vernice.

Shimano MT43-G Mountain bike shoe.Available in Black or Grey/Black
Shimano MT43-G Mountain bike shoe.Available in Black or Grey/Black

Shimano 2015 Men's Mountain Bike Shoe - SH-MT43-G

Shimano is a well known company that makes mountain biking shoes for all abilities. They are a world recognisable company that makes many parts and accessories for the cycling industry. The Shimano MT 43-G is good quality shoe made for the beginner or intermediate biker, who wants to get involved in some off road activities, but also doesn't want to spend too much money. These are by no means a cheap mountain bike shoes. They can handle the MT mountain biking and touring with comfort, ease and style.

This shoe lines up with a wide range of life and riding styles. Shimano shoes are designed to be at home off-road but totally in place on tracks or canal paths, too. On or off your bike, Mountain Touring offers comfort along with casual good looks. Semi-aggressive rubber sole provides plenty of grip for off-bike activities.

  • synthetic-and-mesh
  • Multi-layer stretch resistant synthetic leather and mesh
  • Classic lacing closure for even tension and walking comfort
  • Glass fiber reinforced polyamid midsole for optimum rigidity
  • EVA midsole and rubber sole enhance pedaling efficiency and walking comfort.
  • Best matched with Shimano PD-M540 and PD-M324

Sizes available to meet most needs from 39 - 48

SH-M162 mountain bike shoe

Shimano 2015 SH-M162 Mtn Bike Shoes
Shimano 2015 SH-M162 Mtn Bike Shoes

Shimano 2015 Men's Mountain Bike Shoe - SH-M162

This is a new mountain bike shoe from Shimano for 2013. An excellent looking shoe with very good features, I particularly like the style and fit of these shoes. They are very comfortable to wear with cushioned insole and shock absorbing midsole.

  • Tough synthetic leather upper with built-in protection, excellent durability.
  • Comfortable shock-absorbing EVA cushion insole.
  • Micro-adjust buckle and dual off-set straps.
  • Multi function rubber outsole with optional spike mount for excellent grip in varied conditions.
  • Carbon reinforced polyamid shank plate for optimum sole rigidity.

I know these are slightly more expensive but you genuinely get what you pay for these days, quality isn't cheap and these shoes will give all day comfort and support so you can basically forget about them once there on.


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      Jay Ren 17 months ago

      I have some Pearl Izumi shoes and they have been really nice. They are just wearing out, so I think I'll have to get some new ones soon. I want to make sure I get the best kind and I think you've given a lot of great options here.

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