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The Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2024

CEO Tinh Phung
A quality mountain bike shoe plays multiple important roles. It provides a solid platform for power transfer, protects your feet, and ensures a comfortable fit for long rides. In this article, we'll introduce you to...

A quality mountain bike shoe plays multiple important roles. It provides a solid platform for power transfer, protects your feet, and ensures a comfortable fit for long rides. In this article, we'll introduce you to the best mountain bike shoes of 2024. Whether you prefer flat pedals or clipless, we've got you covered.

Our Team's Mountain Bike Shoe Picks

Here are our top picks for mountain bike shoes in 2024:

  • Best Flat Pedal MTB Shoe: Five Ten Freerider
  • Best Clipless MTB Shoe: Shimano SH-ME5
  • Best Budget MTB Shoe: Giro Berm
  • Versatile Design for Hike-a-Bikes and Bikepacking: Pearl Izumi X-Alp
  • Best for Downhill and Enduro Riders: Giro Chamber II
  • Best for Cross-Country Riding: Giro Empire VR90
  • Best MTB Shoe for Winter Riding: Five Ten Trailcross GTX

Best Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoe

1. Five Ten Freerider ($110)

Five Ten Freerider mountain bike shoe

  • Category: Trail
  • Pedal compatibility: Flat
  • Weight: 1 lb. 11.6 oz.
  • What we like: Proven design with very sticky rubber.
  • What we don't: Not the most durable and less efficient than a clipless shoe.

Combining legendary grip and a comfortable interior, Five Ten's Freerider remains a long-time favorite. The shoe's main calling card is its sticky Stealth S1 rubber and dotty tread pattern, which provide a reliable and secure connection to your pedals for everything from long uphill grinds to popping off jumps and navigating technical features. Additionally, the shoe's midsole strikes a nice balance of stiffness to avoid hotspots while retaining enough flexibility and traction on rocks for occasional hike-a-bike sections. The reinforced toe box and thick upper material offer decent protection and give the shoe its signature look.

Keep in mind that as a platform shoe, the Freerider does sacrifice some efficiency and power by not being connected to the pedals. Additionally, the soft rubber has a reputation for breaking down fairly quickly, so high-mileage users may need to replace their shoes annually. However, the shorter lifespan is a fair tradeoff for the fantastic grip the shoe offers. In this price range, there's simply nothing else on the market that can match the Freerider's all-around abilities.

See the Men's Five Ten Freerider See the Women's Five Ten Freerider

Best Clipless Mountain Bike Shoe

2. Shimano SH-ME5 ($170)

Shimano ME5 mountain bike shoe

  • Category: Trail/XC
  • Pedal compatibility: Clipless
  • Weight: 1 lb. 8.8 oz.
  • What we like: Great combination of comfort, weight, and performance.
  • What we don't: Not as protective as the upgraded ME7 model.

Shimano's ME5 is a do-everything clipless mountain bike shoe. With a light and breathable construction and moderately rigid platform, it can put the power down on punchy climbs while offering protection, padding, and comfort. The fit is easy to adjust with a proven Boa system and a single Velcro closure across the toes. Shimano has honed in the

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