SH-ME5 Cycling Shoe
The ME5 Cycling Shoe from Shimano is some serious enduro kicks when you're after some serious enduro kicks. Its refined construction and design situates itself as Shimano's ride hard and put up wet shoes, at home on park laps and shuttle loops alike. It boasts its much-lauded Torbal midsole technology, which is engineered to flex in engineered ways to translate body English to the bike while you're mobbing through technical terrain on any trail.
Its sole forgoes an expensive carbon version in favor of a nylon and synthetic blend that’s still efficient but offers that all important give for comfort on extended downhills and lowers the barrier of entry. Not to be overlooked, its Michelin dual-density rubber outsole offers unmatched traction, long-wearing durability, and slip-free footing over rock scree fields, slippery roots, and long creek crossings on foot. It achieves a stiffness rating of six out of 12 on Shimano's scale meaning you won't sacrifice watts to a flexy sole without negating the benefits of clipless altogether.
The synthetic leather upper receives reinforcement in the form of rubber on venerable areas providing some much-needed reinforcement. Closures consist of a Boa dial with Powerzone wire guides and a hook-and-loop strap to dial in the fit and offer on the fly adjustments as needed.
- A mountain bike shoe for the rowdy set that doesn't negate efficiency
- The stiff midsole is efficient and comfortable off the bike
- Michelin grippy rubber offers traction while on foot
- Low profile dial adjusts fit and offers micro-adjustments
- The synthetic leather upper is protected with rubberized armor at impact zones
- Item #SHI00JO
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I've been waiting for Shimano to release an all mountain shoe that had either straps or a boa. I like their shoes but am not a fan of laces (like my AM7s) or the quick lace system. Straps and boas are much better at getting a snug stay put fit. I like that these have lots of ventilation, a stiff but not too stiff sole, and some medial ankle protection. I'm an 11.5 and ordered a 46. Shimano is very consistent in their sizing. My only critique of these and most shimano shoes is that they don't cover the inner part of the sole (the part under the insole), which results in the plastic molded parts being felt through the insole(depending on which insole you use). I wish they would put a very thin layer of foam over it. I use gorilla tape to cover the cleat hardware and other parts with recesses. The other critique of this shoe is that it has a bit of excess material in the upper. If you have a very high volume foot you might appreciate this. But even with my slightly wide foot, the material bunches up and I had to almost max out the boas to achieve adequate fit. The good thing is there is plenty of vertcal room if you want a thicker insole or orthotic. After putting about 40 miles on these I have mixed feelings, they are very comfortable and have great grip when walking. They are just too high volume. They would make excellent winter shoes with some thick socks. I also found myself wanting just a tad stiffer sole. Going to try the me7s and see if the fit is a little better (and the me7s have a stiffer sole according to Shimano). I'd say these shoes were really made for a more recreational rider with a very voluminous foot.