Shimano SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe - Men's

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If the SH-XC9 is Shimano's shoe equivalent to its superlative XTR drivetrain, then the SH-XC7 is analog to XT, borrowing a heap of inspiration from its top-tier sibling to bring industry leading function to those of us on a bit more of a budget. Given that the XC7 is a race-ready shoe, the carbon-reinforced midsole is the most important of these layers as it places the XC7 near the top of Shimano's stiffness hierarchy. It clocks in at nine out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness scale, and the only Shimano XC shoe that's stiffer is the XC9 S-Phyre at 11 out of 12. This places the XC7 firmly into race-ready territory, with highly efficient power transfer and just a hint of forgiveness for increased utility when running over barriers or climbing steep embankments.

Though it's not as stiff as the S-Phyre, the XC7 does feature a more robust complement of lugs, so it's better suited for navigating sloppy run-ups or trails on foot. The rubberized outsole also includes toe spike mounts for days when not even the lugs are enough, and the compound comes from the experts at Michelin. Michelin uses two different durometers throughout the soles, targeting different qualities of grip and durable depending on how the lugs will contact the ground—just like with the brand's tires.

Shimano builds the last with its proprietary Dynalast construction, a design that increases pedal efficiency by a claimed .56% on each stroke. While that doesn't seem like much at first, any cyclist who's ridden for longer than two hours understands the importance of marginal gains like this. They can be the difference between finishing at the front or struggling to hang on. Dynalast involves lowering the toe-spring and heel section in relation to the arch and metatarsal areas to create an optimal pedaling angle on either side of the up-swing to shorten inefficient dead spots.

The upper is secured with a BOA IP1 dial and a single hook-and-loop strap over the forefoot, letting you quickly dial fit across the midfoot while leaving ample room for metatarsal expansion while mashing out of corners or jockeying for position during a bunch start. It envelopes your foot rather than simply strapping it down, creating more uniform support and further reducing pressure points.

  • A cyclocross and XC race shoe
  • Stiff, efficient carbon-reinforced sole
  • Dynalast construction increases pedaling efficiency
  • Dual density rubber outsole blends grip and durability
  • BOA IP1 dial buckle provides a customizable fit
  • Finished with reinforced toe spike mounts
  • Reviews
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Comfy after a couple rides

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

It took a couple rides to properly break in these shoes, but once I did I've been very happy with them. Much stiffer than my last pair of Shimanos, but comfortable thanks to the BOA system. I didn't buy the wide version of these despite having relatively wide feet, and at first my pinky toes felt a bit smushed, but now I find these fit like a glove. Oh and the red color is awesome.

Good shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

Super features, well built, especially love the full rubber covering of the bottom of the shoe. The BOA dials make adjustments easy and precise as well. The Shimano blue color you'll like or dislike (I thought it was OK). I kept the Pearl Izumi Project 1.0 over this shoe just because the Pearl fit my feet better, but in the absence of the Pearl I would have happily kept this shoe. No opinions on ride quality (sorry) as I needed to evaluate fit but wanted to return the shoe new.

Not that great for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

If these cost less I would give them more stars but for the price they aren't that great. I bought these to replace my Northwave scorpious 2 plus shoes. For a shoe that boasts as a "XC Shoe" it's heavy, not very breathable, and bulky. I got the 10.5 (whatever it equates to in EU) and it seems just a bit too big. I could probably go down 1 size to get a better fit.

Comfortable, true to size

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Very comfy yet stiff and true to size. I did end up a size larger than my past Shimano shoes (46 versus 45 in the past) but the American equivalent sizing appears to be right on. I personally prefer buckles to boa because of the shape of my foot. One boa has also already broken in a crash but it was cheap and very easy to replace.

Comfortable shoe fits true to size

    This is an extremely comfortable shoe that fits true to size (I normally wear a size 12, and the 47cm shoe fits perfectly). The boa system allows an even tightening around the foot and the shoe isn't bulky. These shoes are meant to breathe which is awesome for summer riding, but not the best in colder weather. I would certainly recommend this shoe to riders of all abilities.