Enduro World Series shoe gallery shootout

Help us decide which are the most popular trail/all mountain kicks

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If you could have just one pair, which would it be. Check out the gallery below and then let us know in the comments section.

If you could have just one pair, which would it be? Check out the gallery below and then let us know in the comments section.

Time for a little Friday fun. A few weekends back at the Enduro World Series stop in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado, we spent most of our time shooting pictures of bikes. You can see those galleries here, here, here, and here.

In between drooling over Graves’ Specialized and Rude’s Yeti, we also spent a little time looking at shoes. See the EWS is a perfect Petri dish to see what’s going on in the world of mountain bike footwear both from a fashion and function standpoint.

Some very general observations following this very unscientific study: more riders choose clipless shoe-pedal combos over flats, bright colors are in, laces are cool, and based on what we saw at the front of the pro men’s and women’s fields, FiveTen shoes are very popular.

So what about you? What do you look for in a pair of trail/all-mountain shoes? And which of the shoes below are your favorite? Scroll through the images and then let us know in the comments section.

We saw numerous sets of the Five Ten Kestrel Lace, including this casual grey pair.

We saw numerous sets of the Five Ten Kestrel Lace, including this casual grey pair.

No mistaking these kicks, which feature Mavic's signature bright yellow colorway.

No mistaking these kicks, which feature Mavic‘s signature bright yellow colorway.

The Specialized 2FO is very popular in the Mtbr offices, though these might be a little on the loud side.

The Specialized 2FO is very popular in the Mtbr offices, though these might be a little on the loud side.

These baby blue loafers from Giro belong to the feet of one Richie Rude.

These baby blue loafers from Giro belong to the feet of one Richie Rude.

Scott is better known for making bikes, but the Swiss company is making a renewed push into components, apparel, and shoes. We're liking what we see here.

Scott is better known for making bikes, but the Swiss company is making a renewed push into components, apparel, and shoes. We’re liking what we see here.

Classic Shimano: understated yet highly functional.

Classic Shimano: understated yet highly functional.

Another pair of Five Ten Kestrel Lace, but with some bright yellow flair.

Another pair of Five Ten Kestrel Lace, but with some bright yellow flair.

This bright colored pair of Pearl Izumi kicks place the BOA dial at the center of the foot, which provides more even tension and reduces the chance of busting the dial.

This bright colored pair of Pearl Izumi kicks place the BOA dial at the center of the foot, which provides more even tension and reduces the chance of busting the dial.

Not the most exciting kicks by comparison, but they look sturdy enough.

Not the most exciting kicks by comparison, but they look sturdy enough.

Women get their own colors in the Five Ten Kestrel line. Could that be enduro blue?

Women get their own colors in the Five Ten Kestrel line. Could that be enduro blue?

Northwave made a few appearances at the EWS Aspen startline. This clipless number has a BOA-like retention dial, plus a velcro closure for added security.

Northwave made a few appearances at the EWS Aspen startline. This clipless number has a BOA-like retention dial, plus a velcro closure for added security.

Five Ten also does the Kestrel with a single BOA dial.

Five Ten also does the Kestrel with a single BOA dial.

Giro is arguably better known for its road products, but it also has a large array of MTB helmets and shoes, including the Halloween-inspired Terraduro.

Giro is arguably better known for its road products, but it also has a large array of MTB helmets and shoes, including the Halloween-inspired Terraduro.

More Five Ten Kestrel Lace...

This time it’s the Kestrel Impact VXI CL…

And even more. Like we said, Five Ten has some serious market share in the EWS peloton.

And even more. Like we said, Five Ten has some serious market share in the EWS peloton.

Okay, now that you’ve perused the proverbial EWS closet, tell us which pair is your favorite.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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