The Best Flat Pedal Shoes for Mountain Biking

When in doubt stick a foot out! This is a philosophy that many flat pedal riders like to live by. We all know there are many arguments for and against flat pedals, but the only way to really know if you like flats or if you like clips is to try them both. Take a look at five of our favorite flat pedal shoes.

FIVE TEN FREERIDER MTB SHOES

If you have already owned a pair of 5.10 Freeriders, then you probably want another pair because these shoes are unreal. The Freerider features the Stealth S1 rubber compound developed by rock climbers to be high in friction and durability. Combine this rubber with Five Ten’s Dotty tread design  and you have a shoe that sticks to any pedal that comes close to it. 

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RIDE CONCEPTS MEN'S LIVEWIRE SHOES

The Ride Concepts Men's Livewire Shoes exceed the technical demands of big mountain riding without sacrificing style or comfort. They’re tough and durable thanks to the durable synthetic upper with anti-abrasion mesh construction along with a grippy Rubber Kinetics outsole. The EVA midsole provides support and shock absorption, making them the ideal flat pedal shoe.

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NORTHWAVE TRIBE FLAT SHOES 

The Northwave Tribe Flat Shoes offer you a lightweight and breathable flat pedal mountain biking shoe with Northwave and Michelin co-developed compound tread sole for the ultimate grip. With non-stretch laces + an elasticated keeper band you with a great fit for comfort. The toe and heel reinforcements add durability and extra protection while you ride down your favorite trails.

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GIRO JACKET II MEN'S MTB FLAT SHOES

The Giro Jacket II Shoes are skate inspired mountain bike shoes designed for a life on the trails. They feature the Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole, which provides you with exceptional grip for trail riding, dirt jumping and down-hilling. The EVA cushioning in the midsole helps reduce shock and the Poron XRD heel pad helps reduce impact on hard landings and bail outs.

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SPECIALIZED 2FO FLAT 1.0 MTB SHOES

The Specialized 2FO Flat 1.0 MTB Shoes are designed for comfortable all-day riding. The outsole features Specialized's SlipNot 2.0 rubber compound that provides an incredible pedal connection. The forefoot of the shoe has captured foam to protect riders from rocks and roots. With an engineered lug pattern, the shoe integrates with pedal pins, and with Lacelock elastic, riders won't have to worry about the laces getting caught in their chainrings.

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