Highlighted here are some choices of new kicks regardless of whether your favorite biker rides SPD pedals, flat pedals or is a bike commuter.
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite:
Mtbr reviews the X-Alp Elites from Pearl Izumi in-depth and found them to be durable, comfortable and protective. The buckles ensure a nice, snug fit and these shoes will hold up well to the elements. And they won’t break the bank!
Find out more here: Mtbr Editorial Review on the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite Shoes
Suplest SUP Zero Carbon:
Suplest is a Swiss brand shoe that is being brought to the US by Serfas. The SUP Zero Carbon features a full carbon insert with a buckle ratchet strap and is completely seamless inside. Weight is 280 grams.
Find out more here: Mtbr Spotlight on the Suplest SUP Zero Carbon Shoes
Okay, so we went a little bit beyond “affordable” with this choice, but the Sidi Drako shoe is so sexy, we just had to include it. Tested by Julien Absalon and Nino Schurter, the Drako combines the best features of the venerable Dragon 3 model and takes it to the next level.
Find out more here: Sidi Drako shoes and more from Interbike
Developed with Aaron Gwin, the new Giro Chamber provides a precise fit (to maximize control and power transfer), reduced volume (not so big and chunky) and reduced weight (for comfort and less fatigue). A Vibram sole is also used.
Find out more here: Giro Chamber shoes and more from Interbike
Five.Ten Diddie :
Who is Diddie? Surely not Sean P. Combs? No Way! Diddie Schneider is one of the top bike terrain park builders in the world and this the shoe he helped develop. Features include a Nubuck leather upper that fights stains and water; a low-profile, cage-compatible toecap; and cut-resistant lace cover.
Find out more here: Five.Ten Diddie shoes and more from Interbike
The Teva Joyride is a commuter shoe with a serious mountain bike outsole. Hiding beneath the classy leather upper is the PedalLINK Outsole technology, which was developed with Teva Tribe professional riders for grip and feel.
Price: $90 ($100 for mid top version)
Find out more here: Teva Joyride shoes and more from Interbike
Chrome Truk Pro:
Chrome’s Pro footwear is built with a full-length dual-density nylon shank for maximum riding rigidity and a recessed cleat for improved walking/running comfort. Great for commuting and if the SPD compatibility isn’t required, the original Chrome Truk comes without the SPD sole.
Price: $95 (non SPD is $75)
Find out more here: Chrome Truk Pro shoes and more from Interbike