Northwave Silk women’s shoes review

Simple mid-range footwear

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £60.00 RRP | USD $99.05
Northwave Silk

Our review

A simple mid-priced shoe that delivers maximum punch
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Northwave have a reputation for knocking out fine fitting women’s shoes – former cross-country world and Olympic champ Paola Pezzo wouldn’t race in anything else – and the new Silk is no exception.


Built on a female-specific narrow last, the Silk uses a Zytel DuPont nylon midsole that Northwave promote as being ‘enriched’ with carbon powder. Quite how the black fibre dust actually benefits is hard to quantify, as it doesn’t feel much different to a full nylon midsole.

The outsole is standard Northwave style and benefits from real rubber, so it grips better in the wet conditions than the plastic outsoles of some other brands. The cleat pocket can be deep, interfering with Crank Bros cleats.


Twin rather than triple Velcro closures may suggest a less than accurate fit, but that’s simply not the case as it feels welded on until you undo the straps.  

Product Specifications


Name Silk Shoes (09)
Brand Northwave

Available Colours Black/Pink
Shoe Closure Velcro Straps
Shoe Sizes Available 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43
Sole Type Nylon