At £80 O'Neal Pump Flat offers a decent saving over most recommended shoes, but it’s not enough to justify step down in traction and foot security.
The upper of the Crank Brothers Stamp Lace is dialled, but still needs the rubber to match if it wants to steal a bit of Five Ten’s flat-pedal thunder.
Specialized 2FO Roost still has the Body Geometry design orthotics fitted, but this is a ground up redesign and it starts where the rubber meets the road.
Although Ride Concepts claims its new Vice flat-pedal shoe was developed with its dirt jump, slopestyle and BMX athletes in mind, it has features I’ve tested loads of times on…
Shimano ME5 SPD shoes are just that bit more comfortable with better fit than their rivals. This iteration is being discounted - more of a bargain!
Giro Ventana are really comfortable shoes that work brilliantly for all-day XC epics, through to sessioning super-techy enduro trails.
Ride Concepts Transition clip-in shoe, we’ve yet to experience a shoe that gives more of a sense of protection this side of a steel toe-cap boot.
Specialized 2FO 1.0 is one of the most comfortable mid-sole and upper combinations on the market. Can it compete with Five Ten’s limpet-like Stealth rubber?
The new Five Ten Trail Cross flat pedal shoe is available in the (LT) low version here and a more protective (Mid) ankle boot.
My rides are split between flat and clip-in pedals, and Bontrager Rally shoe has quickly become my favourite clipless footwear, overtaking the Giro Chamber.
Like most manufacturers, Leatt claims its new DBX 3.0 shoe for flat pedals has a soft rubber sole that is also wear and tear resistant.
The Ride Concepts TNT is a downhill boot even though most downhill racers these days are clipped in and the TNT is designed for flats.
Ride Concepts impressed us with its Hellion shoe recently, Ride Concepts Livewire boasts some of the same technology but crucially does it for £20 less.
As the name suggests, the Five Ten Freerider Pro is a beefed-up version of the standard Freerider. These ‘Pro’ features adds to the price.
If we were to categorise the Giro Terraduro shoe, it would be as a Jack of all trades. But does that make it the master of none? Absolutely not.
The new Ride Concepts Hellion shoe is part of a three-tier range of flat pedal footwear with different rubber densities and uppers.
The brand new Giant Shuttle flat pedal shoe features a dual compound sole with an exclusive own-brand sticky rubber called ‘GRIPR’.
Unparallel Dust Up sole is made from incredibly sticky 45-50 durometer rubber that even eclipses some of Five Ten’s Stealth rubber, at least on paper.
Afton Keegan looks like a skate shoe, but dig deeper and there’s technology: extra toe protection to a specially designed, mono-directional interior shank.
The Mavic XA Matryx Clip shoe is their latest, technology-rich, trail riding shoe. It's a strong contender to win out in the battle of clip-in MTB shoes.