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Unless you're a Lycra-clad XC pro or touring the enduro circuit, chances are a day in the saddle spans all manner of terrain and conditions. Shimano's SH-M089 Wide Men's Cycling Shoe may seem out of place to the first two types of riders, but it's right at home as the hooves for the everyday/every trail mountain goat. Since not all goats are created equal, the Shimano offers these versatile hoof sheaths in a wide version, adding a bit more internal real estate for saddle-borne mega fauna.
Except for the larger last, these M089 shoes are the same as their narrower stablemates. The synthetic leather and mesh upper is tough, flexible, and breathable, but it resists permanent deformation so you don't wake up one morning to find that your shoes don't fit anymore. By combining a ratcheting top strap with two smaller hook-and-loop straps, Shimano endows the SH-M089 with a highly adjustable fit, relieving the pinch that can be caused by strong push-offs or while mashing out of the saddle. The toe box has a little extra room than typical wide sizes, and the extra-cushioned midsole helps take the sting out of hard technical riding and rugged descents.
Not content to settle for comfort alone, Shimano designed the SH-M089 with its TORBAL torsional midsole, which allows for a more natural side-to-side "flowing" motion, particularly during descents. This makes for smoother, more predictable cornering without sacrificing power during climbs. The sole, a composite of nylon and fiberglass, puts plenty of power down into the pedals. A wide range of cleat adjustability adds to the M089's versatility, as does the outsole's high-traction rubber, which makes for easier hike-a-bikes and parking-lot traversals.
- An all-purpose, introductory trail riding shoe
- Blended sole targets stiff pedaling and forgiving walking
- Outsole adds traction while hoofing it
- Synthetic upper provides durable breathability
- Trail-proven closure system