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Bikes continue to evolve and specialize and Shimano's commitment of crafting the finest shoes for every discipline continues with the SH-GR7. Designed especially for gravity junkies using platform pedals, these shoes feature an outsole designed to maximize the interface of sole-to-pedal contact. Shimano didn’t just stop there. They employed the French wizards at Michelin to formulate a rubber compound that enhances grip on the pedals as well as the top steps of a champagne drenched podium.
Protection comes in the form of a molded toe cap to defend the piggies before they're safe on the podium, while a stretch mesh ankle collar prevents trail debris from entering the shoe. One area where the GR7 differs from the GR9 is its lack of the speed lacing system, armored lace shield, and asymmetrically raised ankle collar. While these features do have their merits, we feel their absence leads to a shoe with superior aesthetics. A traditional lacing system further contributes to the clean look while allowing for a lightweight and highly adjustable fit. The laces also mean that if you're racing in Nowheresville and you happen to break your “buckle,” new laces should be easy to source. Quick drying uppers will have you spinning perfect circles again after numerous creek crossings without feeling like you have cement boots on your feet.
- A gravity shoe engineered exclusively for platform pedals
- Platform interface design for excellent traction on pedals and earth
- Michelin co-branded rubber outsole provides superior grip
- Perforated synthetic upper and mesh keep your dogs from barking
- Lacing system allows for a customizable adjustment and secure fit
- Molded toe cap adds protection from flying debris and foot strikes
- Fast-drying uppers ensure moisture evaporates quickly
- Item #SHI00F4
- Q & A
I like them even though I had to return
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I had really high hopes for these; they're super cool. So I was disappointed that they didn't work for me. But it's more a problem with my feet than the shoes.
My feet are somewhat wide and they have a slight curve to them that pushes my big toe against the inner wall. So I'm really picky about toe-box space. I feel best in a 12W but that doesn't exist in most shoes. So I just size up to a 13. I got size 46, the Euro equivalent to 13.
And to be honest, these still felt a little tight and even a little short. But take that with a grain of salt; I have funky feet. They were tightest just forward of the laces and jammed my big toe against the inside wall when the shoe flexed. They also have a somewhat abrupt, if small, arch that my feet disagreed with. It also felt like the bed was a little lumpy under the outside of my foot.
The ankle gaiter is rad. I never got to ride in these so I don't know how the stiff construction translates well for me. But just know that these are REALLY STIFF. Like darn near cleat-shoe stiff. I did stand on my pedals in them to see if they felt better. They grip the pins really well but I could still reposition my foot. This is in contrast to some other shoes that grip so hard that you have to leave the pedal to reposition.
The synthetic topside has thin padding that should work well. I was disappointed that the soles had no padding beyond the thin insert. If I had more room I would've tried a Dr. Scholl's but that was out of the question.
If Shimano worked a little more padding into these and made the toe box just a little bit wider, the company could put a real hurt on the flats market. As I mentioned, I was disappointed that they didn't work for me (which is on me more than the shoes). I had very high hopes.
Look out 5.10
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
These things are pretty darn grippy, the pattern on the bottom makes sense. The shoes are comfortable, I have a wide foot, and wear size 11.5 to 12, I bought a size 12, would say true to size, maybe a touch long, but hard to say since I didn’t try a 11.5, however no 11 ever fits my foot. 5.10 I’m sure are great shoes, but they are too narrow for my foot. The gator part around the ankle is genius, why don’t they and all mtn bike shoe manufacturers put this on all their shoes, no dirt or rocks got into my shoes. They lace up nice, shoe laces tuck under a elastic band across the tongue. Recommend these forsure. I’ll be getting another pair for sure and one for my lady. Dilly Dilly Shimano!