Shimano AM7 MTB shoes review

Mostly impressive flat-pedal footwear

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £90.00 RRP | AUD $169.00
Shimano's AM7 MTB shoes are mostly superb, but aren't the grippiest especially in the wet

Our review

Brilliant features and fit, but some may prefer a little more outright pedal grip
Buy if, You're looking for a worthy successor to the am41 and don't prize traction above all other qualities
Pros: Build quality, comfort, neat lace protector
Cons: Outright grip is adequate rather than class-leading
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Shimano’s AM41 shoes had an enviable reputation on both clipless and flat soled options, so we were expecting great things from these, their successors.

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However, while the high build quality and neat features such as the lace-protecting flap are still present and correct, they definitely lose out to stickier-soled competition when it comes to the all out wet-weather traction stakes. That said, if you prefer to be able to micro-adjust your foot on the pedal while riding, the Vibram sole allows you to do that.

It’s also stiff enough to give good pedalling efficiency without becoming too uncomfortable or reducing feel. Off the bike grip in mud is decent enough, but they can be a little slippery on harder surfaces such as roots or rock.

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The lace cover is a really neat touch and helps fend off instantly wet feet from splashes, though it only delays the inevitable. You also get an instep strap to help reduce heel lift and there’s great arch support too. The inside of the shoe is also slightly raised to help protect your ankle and overall they’re a very pleasant place for your feet to be in on a long ride.

Product Specifications

Product

Name AM7
Brand Shimano

Sole Type Vibram
Shoe Size Range Available 38-48
Shoe Size Tested 43
Weight Of Pair Tested 820