Is riding with platform pedals is where you find your heart is content? Do you want a ladies specific shoe that can dominate every part of the mountain? Are you tired of the world of Shrink-it-and-Pink-it? If you said yes to any of those questions, take a gander at Shimano’s SH-GR7W women’s specific flat pedal kicks. From the reinforced sidewalls and EVA midsole, to perforated synthetic leather uppers and stretch mesh ankle collar, there’s an acute attention to detail and precision that we’ve learned comes along with the Shimano name. Finally you’ve found a pair of shoes that can give you the power and support you need, with the fit you’ve been looking for.
Built on a narrower last than their men’s shoes, Shimano aims to hook us up with the perfect fit for narrower ankles and the more slender forefoot we ladies often possess. Despite the difference in profile, burly materials are thrown into the shoe, making sure that you have a tough shoe that has no problem keeping up with you as you barrel past the guys on the downhill.
Downhill and Enduro riding often kick up excesses of rocks and debris, so you’ve got a stretch mesh ankle collar holding tight against your sock, reducing the need to stop to get that rock out from under your foot. Durable perforated synthetic leather uppers repel water and help to aid in heat dissipation, reducing the dreaded hot-foot that many other burly shoes bestow upon us. A heavy duty molded toe cap protects your little piggies even the gnarliest downhill trails. Speaking of downhill, Shimano uses their AM footwear technology, originally designed for Downhill and Gravity riders, to ensure that you’ve got the technology needed for a solid sole. A pro rider-calibrated shank plate delivers rigidity, EVA midsole reduces weight and increases comfort, reinforced sidewalls provide your feet with the armor they need, and the cherry on top (or in this case, bottom) is the rubber outsole. Michelin proudly makes some of the tackier rubber we can get our hands on, and Shimano throws their own tread patterns on it before planting it on the outsole of the shoe. Aggressive lugs cover the toe and heel for when hiking a bike is necessary, and a lower profile tread lands itself on your contact patch, ensuring you’re just as connected to the pedals as riding clipless, but have a bit more flexibility to float your foot around to your own sweet spot on the pedal.