Shimano’s leather MT90 was one of the ﬁrst bike-speciﬁc shoes to use a tough, hiking-style Vibram sole. This latest incarnation sees a few tweaks but remains largely the same, which is just as well as it’s superb.
Sturdy stitching kept our pair together while touring in the Himalayas, and the waterproof Gore-Tex membrane and naturally insulated construction kept toes warm when rain and river crossings threatened. The custom sole is fantastic when you’re reduced to rambling, not riding
What’s really surprising is how well they pedal, with the roller-and-speed-hook lacing doing up snug right across the boot and no Achilles rub from the back.
Detailing includes a lace tidy, a gusseted tongue and replaceable cleat plates for longer hikes. They’re not cheap and nor are they light, at 1,300g for a size 44, but if you’re after a tough touring shoe for cold or wet conditions, MT90s are the best around.