Vaude Downieville Mid shoes review

Secure adventure shoes

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Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £140.00 RRP | USD $165.00 | AUD $251.00
Vaude Downieville Mid shoes

Our review

Good adventure shoes with a secure fit, but the cleat feel and value for money impact the score
Pros: Good fit, grippy sole, decent splash protection
Cons: Low on value, could do with additional protection and a deeper cleat recess
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These trail shoes fit well and combine good pedalling stiffness with plenty of flex at the toe to help on rough scrambles.

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The fit is excellent, with the lace closure giving plenty of adjustability and even tension over the foot. There’s a Velcro strap over the lace, which helps prevent heel lift – aided by a well-formed heel box – and isn’t so close to the front of the ankle as to cause discomfort.

The lace cover adds a touch of splash protection, but limits ventilation. Inside there’s arch support and a roomy toe box, which is reinforced at the front.

The mid-top design adds a little extra security and prevents ankle scuffs on the cranks, but I’d like to see more protection for the outer edge of the foot.

Sole stiffness is decent, and there’s flex in the toe to help with hike-a-bike sections. This is further helped by an aggressive, grippy tread, constructed from a fairly soft rubber.

The cleat sits a touch proud of the cleat pocket, so the shoe doesn’t always feel totally connected to the pedal, but it can be located fairly far back, which I consider a bonus.

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The £140 / $165 / AU$251 price tag lands these shoes at the pricier end the market and may put some off.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $251.00GBP £140.00USD $165.00
Brand Vaude

Features

Features High collar ankle protection
External protective toe and heel cap
Protective lace cover
Shoe closure Laces
Sole V-Flow Stability Index 6, firm VAUDE AM outsole