Shimano’s new enduro shoes are designed to bridge the gap between performance cross-country and tough trail footwear. While some products are ‘enduro’ in name only, it’s clear that plenty of work has gone into these.
The M200s use the Japanese giant’s clever new Torbal technology – also employed elsewhere in Shimano’s 2016 footwear range – which allows the rear of the sole torsional flex as you move around on your bike. This is designed to aid flow and control, something that’s especially noticeable when cornering hard and getting a bit wild. The front of the sole remains stiff for flat-out cranking efficiency, with just enough flex at the tip for comfortable walking.
The long cleat slot allows a more aggro, flat pedal-inspired riding position. Soft rubber lugs add amazing grip off the bike and the outsole wraps up the sides of the shoe to add extra protection at the toe and heel. While the synthetic upper hugs the heel at the rear, it widens out into a boxy toe area up front.
A raised, well padded cuff adds extra protection and comfort, while small pads inside eliminate heel lift and a dual-density foam insole helps cushion impacts. Mesh sections over the toes and ‘gills’ on the sides allow your feet to breathe. A speed lacing system and micro-adjust buckle cinch you in nicely, while a Velcro flap adds extra security and protection from the elements.