Shimano MT70 SPD shoes review£89.99

Leisure-styled performer for clipless pedals

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Shimano produce a massive range of leisure-styled SPD shoes, but this one packs some real performance into its mild mannered design.

For a start, the shoe gets a sealed sole and Gore-Tex liner to keep you waterproof right up to the cuff. It’s warm too. Water spills over the top fairly easily if you’re not careful in puddles, though, and splash/rain will soon bypass the Gore-Tex, leaving you soggy and wondering why you paid £90.

The custom Vibram sole offers both bags of walking traction and a reasonably firm pedalling platform. The mix of wrapover strap and laces needs a bit of arranging to stopped chewed ends and hot spots, but overall comfort is good, however far you ride.

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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