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ME502 Cycling Shoe - Men's

4.333333333333333 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews
Current price: $119.00 Original price: $170.00
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Why We Like The ME502 Cycling Shoe

Shimano checks all the boxes for the demanding trail rider with the ME502 Cycling Shoe. The low-profile and single Boa L6 dial keep the overall details on the ME502 to a minimum, which comes in clutch when you need to make fast, no-look adjustments on the slopes. The midsole conforms to the trial chatter with the Torbal design that allows the shoe some freedom to bend around the pedal so that your body doesn't have to do as much work to balance and make minor steering adjustments.

The ME502 skips the expensive carbon layup in favor of Shimano's proprietary rubber compound that features an enhanced grip for emergency kick-stand maneuvers and huffing on foot back to the top. It achieves a stiffness rating of six out of 12 on Shimano's scale for a stable platform when you need to transfer watts, but not so much that you feel inclined to bring back up shoes when you're headed for noms after the ride.


  • Low-profile enduro shoe shreds without limits
  • Torbal midsole is ready for some trail chatter and hard accelerations
  • Rubber sole seeks out the traction on sketchy lines and when off the bike
  • Boa dial adjusts fit on the trails for relaxed riding or fast racing
  • Durable upper resists trailside abrasions and common mishaps
  • Item #SHIU1B3
Upper Material
Boa L6, hook-and-loop strap
Shimano rubber
Cleat Compatibility
Claimed Weight
[pair, size 43] 1lb 8.6oz
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 3 ratings

Review Summary

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5 Stars - 2 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

August 2, 2022

Great for rec. trail and XC riding.

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
6' 1"

I wear a 10.5 shoe and bought these in a size 44. I'm not a bike shoe connoisseur and have on only owned other Shimano mtb shoes and a couple of Giro pairs. Just bought a second pair of these as I like them the best and worry they will be discontinued or replaced with a new design I won't like as much. BOA system is easy and quick to use to get a snug fit. Shoe is stiff enough for me for on the bike but still provides good hike a bike traction and comfort when needed. They are not super light nor heavy. Other Shimano shoes I have had in the past have had a highly ventilated mesh toe box which leads to wet socks/feet even with minor creek crossings. Not so with these as are fairly closed in toe area but is still breathable. I recommend them as an all round great recreational trail and XC riding shoe.

Masemoto M
1 out of 5 stars

April 18, 2022

Disappointing Shimano Shoe

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

These shoes are going into the parts bin. After a full season, I've come to the conclusion that these shoes suck. Shimano, why did you think a wire (boa) across the top of the foot and over such a thin tongue material would work, I have no idea. But no matter what, these shoes are uncomfortable. Leave them too loose and your heal pulls up, no support, etc. Tighten them up, and you have a miserable hot spot on the top of you foot that causes cramps. Shimano appears to also have changed sizing recently. Shimano 45/10.5 US used to be good for me. Not in this shimano shoe. If you read this review and still want to try them out, I'd suggest going with the smaller size if you are on the fence. So I'm back in the shoe market already again, all I know is I'm done wearing these painful SH-ME5 foot killers.

Erik C
5 out of 5 stars

October 17, 2020

Excellent Daily XC/Trail Shoe!

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
6' 5"

Over the years, I've found that most Shimano shoes fit my somewhat narrow, low-volume feet better than any other brand I've tried. I've only got a few miles on these, but I'm very impressed with the design of these shoes for general XC/Trail use. They have a much more precise fit compared to the previous generation M-501 (which fit like a boat) - very close to Shimano's old M-089 and M-163 - with a fairly tight toebox. You duck-footed guys should probably look elsewhere. I wear a 48 in all Shimano shoes - these fit my size 13 foot perfectly. They have great rigidity while stomping the pedals (I'm 6'5", 215#), but they're very comfortable. The BOA is super easy to use, and offers impressive comfort for how precise the fit is. Hike-a-bike sections are no problem - great traction with no heel slippage. They work seamlessly with Time ATAC cleats & Special 8 pedals - easy in & out. They're quite a bit lighter than my AM901s, almost like a full-on XC shoe, but they've got reinforcements to ward of moderate abuse, and super grippy rubber soles. I think this shoe would work really well for racing or endurance events. These are my new favorite trail shoes - the perfect balance of comfort, weight, and protection for general XC/Trail use. One caveat - I hope the "new" rubber outsole design stays intact better than Shimano's previous trail shoes. I've had a pair of M-089s and M-163s that both peeled the outsole away from the midsole while hike-a-biking in rough terrain. While I loved those shoes, I had to trash them - super disappointed!

NickyG N