Shimano AM50 shoes review£79.99

Brilliant all-round mud-plugging footwear

BikeRadar score5/5

Their combination of stiffness, fit, grip and protection makes these uber-tester Guy Kesteven's favourite mountain biking boots. If you ride year-round these are the shoes you need.

Shimano AM50s have just the right stiffness to ride from dawn to dusk, yet you can walk in them rather than waddling. The roomy, sturdy toe box keeps your piggies intact when rocks are flying and there’s good mud grip, even without studs. 

The high reinforced sides add support and protection without interfering with pedalling or your Achilles tendon. Plenty of mesh means they dry quickly, and they’re easy to slip on and off.

My AM50s are lasting outstandingly well thanks to their excellent build quality. 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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