Specifically for the flat-pedal crowd.
The SH-AM41 is not a skate shoe that happens to be pretty good for riding bikes. This is a purpose-built mountain bike shoe with features that make it work better as a mountain bike shoe—not in the skate park or strolling around the mall. The first clue to its purpose is its manufacturer—Shimano.
The SH-AM41 is built for freeriders and DH racers. The armored lace shield provides extra protection that not only takes care of your laces, but takes care of the top of your foot in a crash or pedal kick. The tough synthetic leather holds up season after season, even in areas of common abrasion. You’ll also notice a lack of mesh—this keeps unwanted trail debris from getting inside the shoe. The mid-high ankle design protects your ankle from abrasion, adds support, and prevents dirt and debris from entering the shoe.
The sole is made by Vibram and is designed specifically to cling to pedals. The sole pattern is even designed to match perfectly with the PD-MX80 Saint pedal.
- Synthetic leather upper
- Armored lace shield
- Mid-high ankle
- Vibram sole
- Sole matched to PD-MX80 Saint pedal
- Item #SHI0315
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I first bought these shoes 2 1/2 years ago, and since then, I've put them through hundreds of rides and worn them in all conditions. They've been great through everything. They aren't quite as sticky as 5 10's stealth rubber shoes, but still stick to the pedals well. The soles are fairly stiff for good power transfer but still remain very comfortable, and they grip well when hiking on steep terrain or crossing creeks during a hike-a-bike. The construction of the shoes is very solid, nothing on the shoes has come apart or torn. They are also great in all conditions, they keep the elements out but aren't too hot in the summer months, and dry out overnight. The lace covers are awesome, they've kept my laces like new for the whole time I wore the shoes. Recently the soles have really started to wear out, the pins in my pedals have made craters in the soles. But after all the use I've gotten out of them, I guess that's to be expected. Overall, these shoes have served me very well, and I'll be getting another pair quite soon to replace my current ones. I definitely recommend giving these a try,
Not quite there yet.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Shoes look great and are very light, however, I feel that the shoes don't meet my expectations of what this shoe should be.
Pros: looks, lightweight, a bit higher up than skate-style shoes.
Cons: too flexible, no heel counter, no half-sizes, less "beefy"construction than competitors, footbed/insole is poor.
Shimano SH-AM41 Shoes
Good shoes, watch the sole wear?!
I rode a pair of these exclusively for the past four months on pinned pedals. The shoes started off very stiff, almost like a clipless shoe, but softened nicely over time, in the end they were about as stiff as a new pair of Impacts; Impacts get softer too, so these are firmer than Impacts by 25% or so. The only downside to these shoes is that the Vibram sole wore very badly at the pins. I ride Nuke Proof Electrons which have socket head screws for pins, they are sharp, but not any more than a typical pinned pedal. I literally wore craters into the soles at the inside and outside pins, this was riding 3-4 x week for only three months! When I say craters, I mean like rubber nibs gone, holes carved into the flat midsole 1/4-3/8" deep. My LBS is contacting Shimano about a replacement pair, so maybe I'll get a round two with these shoes. Other than the sole wear, they are my favs hands down, putting the Impacts to shame in all areas, better sole stiffness, better sole contact, sticky when they need to be, ankle and toe protection, lace cover, nice fit (I'm a 13, I took 48).
As good as the last model?
I don't have these yet, but I've been wearing the previous model almost every day for the last two years and they've held up spectacularly. I can only imagine that these will last just as long. Sizing is a little to the larger size. I wear a 10 to 10 1/2 and my foot is quite wide, these in a size 45 are perfect. Can't wait to swap out the old pair for these.
Great shoes for flat pedals!
These shoes rip for flat pedals! The vibram soles are really sticky, but not too soft and squishy like the 5-10's. I own the 5-10's and they are great for DHing, but I wanted something a little less burly for pedaling my all mountain rig. But, I'd almost prefer these to my 5-10's on my DH rig as well. The mid height padded inside gives you some ankle protection, and also support. The soles are very stiff, but feel good when you have to hike, or hit the bar for some beers after your ride. I really like the lace covers too, they keep your laces from getting trashed. I owned the previous models and they lasted 2 seasons, I'd definitely recommend these to someone looking for a superior shoe for your flats.
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These shoes are not cleat compatible
For the cleat compatible version, you want the:
Shimano SH-AM45 Shoes