Not just for flats anymore.
The Shimano SH-AM7 Mountain Bike Shoes graced many flat-loving feet last year, but left many of us clipless loving riders sitting on the sidelines, jealous of the stile and versatility the shoes provided. Not to worry, this year the new SH-AM7 shoes come in with sleek updates, and cleat compatibility for increased pedaling power up punchy climbs and maneuvering through tight tree lines.
The uppers on the SH-AM7 got a refreshing step up this year, while still using Shimano's durable synthetic leather, but opening up mesh panels for breathability, and omitting the lace-guard that trapped heat in on toasty days, leaving our feet feeling all too warm inside. Now we find a comfortable breeze gracing our toes to fight hot-foot and keep us hammering up and down trails all day. Another change occurred at the ankle, adding the same stretch mesh that you'll find on the SH-ME7's adding a cuff that keeps rocks and trail debris from making its way into your shoe mid ride. Inside, you'll find largely the same construction, with the same fit and supportive insole to keep your arch and heel feeling good all day. The sole uses the same Vibram rubber as last year's flat version, but with the additional recessed cleat mount that sits out of the way for when hiking a bike is a must, allowing you to enjoy the same tacky traction as before, when the rubber hits the trail.
- Redesigned enduro shoes for clipless riders
- Uppers updated with mesh for breathability
- Stretch mesh ankle collar keeps rocks and debris out
- Tacky Vibram rubber offers huge traction
- Molded toe cap protects your little piggies
- Cup insole supports heel and arch all day
- Recessed cleat channel for stable pedal platform when not clipped in
- Q & A
A godsend for wider feet!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 43
I've been riding "XC" style shoes for decades and have been looking for something easier to walk in and more comfortable for a while. Ordered specialized 2FO cliplite in my usual size 42 and also 43. Both were narrow to the point of being painful while just sitting on the couch. Also tried several models of 5.10 shoes at a major chain and, while better, they were also giving me pressure points just behind the toes. Then I ordered these. THANK YOU SHIMANO for making your shoes in a realistic width! They have zero hot spots or annoying seams. Pedal area is plenty stiff but they are very comfy for walking short distances. Tongue is perfect thickness and density. The gaitor looks goofy in photos but you don't notice it when they're on you (could also easily cut them off without damaging the shoes if you want). The only minor gripe is that you have to step on the velcro strap to keep it out of the way when you are tying the laces, or, not lace them all the way up.
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