Looks like a pump, feels like a sneaker.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was looking for something that looked and felt like a road shoe so I didn't have to swap SPD pedals out when using the gravel bike on roadie rides. Didn't want to break the bank for such a silly niche use. These fit the bill.
I haven't tried them for any trail riding, but I don't think I'd like them for that. Don't seem like they will be comfortable or grippy for any hike-a-bike. Great for gravel and some flowy xc riding.
Note - sizing is a bit off. I wear a 9, and ended up with a 41 in these, which is what I would typically wear, even though the sizing chart for Northwave said US 9 - 40.5.