Shimano SH-XC70 SPD Shoe
As the second in line in Shimano’s XC-Racing family of shoes, the XC70 offers high-end performance at a price-point that is in reach for enthusiast trail riders.
The SH-XC70 utilizes Shimano's Custom-fit technology throughout the shoe design. The upper and insole are heat-moldable and adapt to your foot's shape as you ride, ensuring a glove like fit that delivers miles and miles of comfort. Tough synthetic leather upper construction offers great protection and excellent durability that will keep you pedaling for the long haul.
Through Shimano’s Dynalast technology, the SH-XC70’s toe-spring section is optimized to promote a smoother, more energy-efficient upstroke by reducing the loss of power that occurs during the backspin direction of a pedal stroke. Once it’s time to push back through the stroke, the lightweight carbon fiber composite sole provides a stiff platform that converts that saved energy in power and acceleration. This means that the whole pedal rotation serves as a cycle to produce snappier output and prolonged endurance.
The Shimano SH-XC70 is a true bang-for-your-buck cycling shoe. With top-level performance and dashing good looks, it doesn't get much better than the Shimano SH-XC70.
- Heat moldable Custom-fit Technology
- Tough synthetic leather upper construction
- Cross X Strap is optimized for relieving tension on top of foot during push-off
- Anti-slip heel material prevents heel lift during hikes
- Shimano Dynalast technology
- Ultra-stiff carbon fiber midsole shank and outsole plate
- Mud-shedding polyurethane lugs with low-profile spikes
- Best matched with PD-M780
- Compatibility: 2-hole (SPD)
- Weight: 632g (size 40)
Well, after initial good impressions, riding these over a period of 2 months made my feet hurt. In fact, i developed a bunch of inflammation in my right foot that got so bad that I could hardly walk for a couple days. I couldn't believe that my expensive, custom molded shoes were the culprit but once I went back to my cheap Shimano M-077 shoes and replaced the footbeds with Some good ones, my foot pain went away: The XC-70 was the culprit.
I know that my feet are a little weird but they're not that weird. I think I probably needed a 'wide' model but they don't make that in the XC-70 for some reason. My main source of pain was in the balls of my feet; it felt like my bones were grinding on the footbed of the shoe and my little toes would go numb. I expiremented with different cleat positions and couldn't find a spot to make it better. I wanted to expirement with valgus shims in these but there's no room in the toe box to have a shim under the footbed. I don't know what it is about these that caused my feet to hurt but they didn't work for me which is a bummer because I spent almost $300 on them and now I can't use them or sell them or anything.
They do have high quality construction and have held up to abuse (mostly) well, but the hard plastic lugs on the bottom are not for walking. I did a ride where I had to hike across a rocky landslide area and it pretty much destroyed the bottoms and completely destroyed the toe lugs. I know this probably wasn't the right shoe for that situation but I wasn't expecting to hike a boulder field on that ride. The toe vents work well when you're moving but the black synthetic uppers cause your feet to bake in the sun. When I had mid-summer sun shining on my feet it was like they were in an oven.
I've seen a lot of other good reviews on this shoe so maybe it was just my feet that they didn't agree with but be very careful before you spend the money on these to make sure they're going to work for you.
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