“ Brand: Shimano / Type: Cycling Shoes „
So after buying a road bike and joining my local club I soon saw the need for some clip in shoes. I took a trip to my local bike store and they actually let me try on a few shoes to see what sort of fit I wanted. After about an hour I walked away with these shimano road shoes and since then I have never looked back!
Now it is two years down the line and I am still using these shoes all the time. Okay I have had the plastic cleat on the bottom break once (my own fault of standing awkwardly on them). But nothing has actually gone wrong with the shoe. Apart from a few scratches and general wear they are like new and still actually surprisingly comfortable for their age.
As other reviews will say, shimano shoes are often rated for their combination of performance and value. These shoes originally retailed at over £100 but I got mine in a sale for around £60. For that price you cannot really argue as I find them comfortable on even the longest of rides. The carbon sole of the shoe is extremely rigid for power transfer and stability yet the synthetic uppers are soft and much more yielding than many other cycling shoes on the market.
For the final part of this excellent fitting shoe you then look at the simple but effective ratchet buckle plus two offset hook and loop Velcro straps. (It is said that the slight offset angle of the straps is designed to help avoid creating pressure points on your foot, but hey they work and feel good so I don't mind this technical geometry). With this system I find that you can get a good snug fit around your foot, yet the shoes are quick and easy to take off. Once you have set the two front straps you can leave them and don't have to keep messing about to get them to the right position. This effective fit also aids power transfer, yet you can adjust the shoes easily if your feel swell up mid-ride.
Once your feet are inside these shoes and the straps are up your looking at the cleats. These shoes will fit Shimano SPD-SLs and also Look cleats so that's fine for me and suits my pedals and the pedals at my local velodrome too.
In regards to cooling or heating. These shoes have vent holes in the front bottom of the sole and also a part mesh upper which work in conjunction to provide airflow around your foot, keeping it cool. This works very well I find, though in cold weather I am looking for my overshoes straight away to ward off the rain or just that icy chill. They stand up pretty good though in most conditions, just don't get the cleat covered in mud or they won't fit into your pedal.
Walking wise, well, they weren't designed for walking so avoid it if possible. You can walk in these but like all cycling shoes you won't want to for long.
Overall I think these shoes look pretty good and actually perform very well for the money. They fit very well; though try before you buy to get the right size. A very rigid shoe with no noticeable flex that is still somehow extremely comfortable and well fitting. Well done shimano!