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Trail-riding comfort.

The Shimano SH-M088 Shoes provides the streamlined shape and power transfer of traditional cross-country shoes, only with some added walk'ability and traction for traversing unruly terrain. After all, most aspiring mountain bikers have to cut their teeth on trail systems that're really just tenuously linked networks of boulder-strewn fall lines and deer trails.

Shimano offers one of the widest ranges of shoe lasts (or shapes) in the industry. So, to clarify, the SH-M088 uses the Volume Plus last for a wider and more accommodating fit in the toe box, with a normal fit over the rest of the shoe. To secure the foot, the M088 uses the tried-and-true system of one micro-adjust buckle and two Velcro straps. The buckle can be mounted in two different positions, ensuring comfort whether you have a high or low instep. The Velcro straps over the forefoot are offset to prevent pinching and pressure.

The M088 shoes have a fiberglass-reinforced, polyamide sole that's stiff, yet it flexes enough for comfortable walking. The durable rubber tread also provides plenty of traction for hikes over hellish terrain or to escort your beyond-trail-repair rig out of the woods. The upper is constructed of tough, stretch-resistant synthetic leather, and mesh inserts throughout provide plenty of breathability for hot summer rides.

The Shimano SH-M088 Shoes are available in the color Black and in 17 whole sizes from 36 to 52. Please note that these shoes are also being offered in both a high and low volume option.

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3 5

Claimed to be Wide...They are WIDE!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

To start off, this is my first MTB shoe. I'm really enjoying the benefits of wearing clipless shoes. The weight, consistent stroke, power, and jumping ability are really night and day in comparison to platform pedals and wearing your stinky cross-trainers. Only time I will ever go back to platforms is if I forget to bring my Shimanos to the trail head (pro-tip: always carry pedals that don't require special shoes in your back seat because of this very reason).

Shimano's Volume Plus technology is really a WIDE fitting shoe. The two Velcro straps really are there for aesthetics rather than cinching up the wide vamp and toe box (had to Google for a diagram of a toe box and vamp). This shoe has a really aggressive sole allowing you to get out of some funky terrain.

If I were to buy another MTB shoe and knowing what I know now, I would make sure the fit is snug. You don't want to waste precious power on the trail when on an epic 10 mile climb in the Colorado Rockies!!

5 5

No surprises

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Don't know what the gripe is about the looks- If I was trying to win a fashion contest I wouldn't be on a bicycle in the first place.
I wear these for both mtb and road (hey! I'm cheap, and lazy) and they perform exactly as expected for both. Word is that they fit wider in the toe box, and I believe it. I have wider feet and these feel fine.
If you can pick up a higher end shoe on the cheap, go for it. Otherwise these won't let you down and for the price you can buy 2 pair.

3 5

Great shoe, looks that match the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up a pair of these last minute for a MTB ride admittedly because their price was on the lower end of the spectrum. Although they are more of a David Spade than a Heidi Klum in terms of looks, these shoes have held up to the test of time with the quality and durability that you might expect of Shimano. The fit is good, and the retention is secure, although the velcro straps don't seem to hold as tight as my Sidi's. ******Style note: since SRAM doesn't currently make any shoes, its totally acceptable to wear Shimano shoes on an otherwise SRAM equipped bike.

Would get 4 stars, but the uninspiring aesthetic keeps these shoes off of the podium.

4 5

Good entry level mtb shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These aren't super light or stiff, but for entry level shoes they offer good support and they have held up to 2+ years of abuse for me. I use the crank brother pedal system with these and I am happy enough ill use them till they fall apart.

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