Wednesday, March 1, 2006 12.00am
By Guy Kesteven
Mid and lower range shoes have always been a Shimano strong point and the MT50 is no exception. The toe box is slightly narrower than most, but it's certainly not as long and narrow as Shimano shoes used to be. The suede and mesh upper with its tall ankle biting sides is a bit stiff at first (or if you leave it to solidify after a mucky ride), but it softens up after a few rides. The soft suede gets mucky very quickly though, and the mesh topped toes are no friend of winter or the wet - although rubber toe, side and heel bumpers give decent bump protection. The lace fastening runs through a looped strap to tighten the forefoot/cleat area and is backed up by another broad strap at the top, so there's no slop or pull when riding. Walking comfort is good thanks to a flexible toe, and while you can feel the cleat when pedalling, it's not a painful intrusion. The outer edge and central rib sole tread is surefooted on most surfaces too, without blocking too badly in claggy winter conditions.
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