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Northwave Mission shoes review

Perfect for bike-and-hike

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8
GBP £69.99 RRP | USD $101.99
Super grippy Vibram sole

Our review

Great value shoe for leisure riders, clipped in newbies or downhill shredders
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If you’re looking for an alternative to the latest carbon disco slippers, then it might be worth getting on this Mission.


These Northwaves give the foot freedom to move slightly within the upper, while still retaining enough form to support the foot while locked into the pedals.

There’s obviously acompromise here, and power transfer isn’t as solid as a performance cross-country shoe. But the relatively flexible sole gives great feedback.

We would recommend using a pedal with an external cage, like Shimano’s M647, otherwise you can feel the pedal through the sole, which turns to a dull ache after a while.

The excellent feedback and freedom of movement the shoe gives makes them a winner for downhill racers or freeriders too.

The Vibram sole is superbly grippy off the bike as well, particularly helped by a fantastic, deep tread pattern, flexible sole and the lack of skittery plastic toe studs.

This grip also transfers to the pedals during those clipped out moments, making them a good choice for riders who are new to clipped-in pedalling.


The laces and single Velcro strap are effective enough and while the upper provides reasonable toe box protection from impacts, it doesn’t from puddle splashes, where water ingress is immediate.

Product Specifications


Name Mission Shoe
Brand Northwave

Manufacturer's Description Specific footwear for freeriding. with all the charecteristics of a technical product. Materials better suited to the needs of cyclists who pedal off-road in the middle of dust and mud on bumpy trails were selected for the upper. The structure of the shoe provides protection and optimum closing without forgoing comfort. The toe and heel counter are well protected and the foot is well stabilized. The Vibram sole also lets you pedal with the shoe engaging the pedal and walk easily when you get off the saddle.
Available Colours Black/Grey
Weight (g) 1008
Shoe Sizes Available 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49