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Shoes for the end of the road.

Cycling is a funny thing. For many of us, we're more devoted to the spirit of adventure and freedom then we are in the labels of mountain and road. So, why should we stifle our endeavors with shoes that live in the realm of specificity? With pieces like the Northwave Bike Way Shoes, we're equipped for wherever the road takes us, and when that ends, wherever the trail leads.

Knowing that comfort is imperative over the course of a tour, Northwave's Bike Way features its aptly named Touring outsole. This outsole has a construction that strikes the ideal balance between weight, rigidity, and comfort. To achieve this Northwave used a natural rubber for its composition. So, when you're walking your rig, or decide that you'd like to take a stroll, you'll experience the comfort of a supportive hiking boot. However, when you're pedaling in the saddle, you'll benefit from an assuring stiffness that won't irritate your feet over the long haul. This is possible due to the rubber's thickness being varied in order to provide a dynamic flex in targeted areas. Additionally, the rubber chassis creates a comfortable interface with the uppers, allowing a small amount of spill-over for when either your feet swell or when you experience strong torsional forces on the ground.

Moving up the shoe, Northwave made the uppers from a durable, yet breathable, polyurethane material. This creates a conforming upper that doesn't skimp on protection from trail hazards, or whatever else you that you might find on your journey. And for extra ventilation, Northwave also included Airmesh inserts throughout the upper. The location of the inserts follows what Northwave call its Airflow System where the lower vents channel in air to exit at the rear, while the side vents supply a constant source of fresh air over the foot. For retention, the Bike Way uses three hook-and-loop straps to control the volume and instep security of the shoe so you can incrementally control the tightness of the shoe, either before the ride or on-the-fly.

The Northwave Bike Way Shoes are available in whole and half sizes from 38.0 to 47.0 and in the color White/black. Please note that these shoes are only compatible with standard two-hole mountain bike cleat systems.

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