Shimano Reintroduces Its Beloved SPD Sandals

Behold the timeless beauty of cycling sandals

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Behold the timeless beauty of cycling sandals.

Behold the timeless beauty of cycling sandals.

Shimano is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its beloved SPD sandal with a throwback, special edition sandal in a unique colorway.

The SPD sandal has cult status among a passionate, fashion-forward cadre of cyclists around the world. These sandals are especially popular with the RAGBRAI riders and mountain bikers who like to live on the edge.

Shimano recognizes and celebrates these riders from across the globe with these anniversary SD-501A sandals that are emblazoned with a special 25th-anniversary logo and throwback Shimano SPD logos on each strap. Inspired by Shimano’s second-generation SPD sandals, introduced way back in 2000, the new SD-501A sandals deliver a sleek, minimalistic design with a dark navy upper and special logo accents.

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There's no shame in rocking socks with cycling sandals.

Updating the classic design, Shimano brings back the retro look while delivering the durable construction, and function, that Shimano footwear is known for. With a dual comfort-lined strap closure and SPD compatible sole, the SD-501A sandals allow riders to securely clip into their pedals while still enjoying the cool breeze on their toes.

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Where will Shimano's sandals take you?

Where will Shimano’s sandals take you?

The wide rubber sole is stable and comfortable for riding and walking and its semi-rigid (rated 4/12) midsole plate enables efficient pedaling.

The new unisex SD-501A sandals are available now in sizes 38-48 for $130.


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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Comments:

  • Zachary Abelardo says:

    Open-toe sandal for MTB, is simply a FAIL…

  • Scott R Silvers says:

    I actually still have two pairs of these mtb sandals!!! I use them still on occasion. Great riding shoe if you’re daring

  • Greg Jetnikoff says:

    I just want them to reintroduce proper rigid sole trail spd shoes with FABRIC breathable upper panels on them. Every Shimano shoe is now so hot to wear they are useless. And if water gets in you slosh around in it for the rest of the ride.

  • Roger Haataja says:

    I rode the n sandals….Once! Peeled the skin all Off ! my big toe, from just under the nail where the quick starts completely across the front of the toe down to just under the bottom !

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