Women-specific flat pedal shoes are rarer than hen’s teeth, so the Freerider Wms make a very welcome addition to the Five Ten line-up.
The Californian firm has redesigned this popular model to suit the – on average – smaller, narrower female foot. Sizing starts at UK 2.5 / Euro 35, which is great news for riders who’ve had to make do with men’s or kids’ shoes in the past.
On the trail, the Freerider Wms’ narrower heel cup, lower ankle notch and internal cushioning holds the foot securely, meaning less movement, less heel lift and less rubbing at the cuff. These aren’t the most form-fitting shoes we’ve tried though, and while great for most purposes, on long days this factor, combined with the flexible sole, led to tired feet.
As you’d expect from Five Ten, the Stealth Phantom outsole is as grippy as glue and the Freerider Wms stay secure on the pedals over the roughest terrain. The initial tackiness has decreased slightly over time on our test samples though, and the tread isn’t deep enough to get you up muddy slopes when off the bike.
The canvas and leather uppers are sturdy, allowing air through but also water. Happily they dry quickly.