I am going to post my insights on these clipless shoes and my peddles from a newbies perspective. Yeah, I don't get the clipless either, as I clip into the peddles... I ride about 20 miles 2-3 times a week, using a 29er mountain bike with slicks. I was scared to death of clipless, because I thought I would not be able to get out of them. I ordered the Shimano SM-SH56 SPD cleats to go with Shimano PD-M530 SPD Clipless Trail Pedals and Giro Rumble VR MTB Shoes. First off on the shoes, there is a channel that allows you to adjust the cleat position fore and aft, which helped me find the best fit. The Shoes are a bit heavy, but very solid and fit my feet well. The one thing I want to pass on, is the SM SH56 Cleats are multi release, so you can release your foot by twisting left or right. Plus you ARE NOT locked in to the peddles. You actually have some play where I can move my heal left or right by 12 inch to 34 of an inch. Which is really cool, as sometimes I have a little pain in my knee and by moving my right heel laterally I can take the pressure off. It really did not take me long to get used to clipping in and clipping out of the clipless cleats. You can adjust the tension on the peddles for the release pressure, and I have mine set light, but they don't come out on the upstroke. If you are considering trying clipless, go with the SM SH56 cleat, and these shoes, they were a good purchase for me. I was able to increase my pace on my circuit by 12 to 34 of a mile average. I went from 14.6 mph avg. to 15.1 and have gone faster but that was on a day when I had a good south wind. Overall I am very happy with this set up and would encourage anyone looking at trying out clipless to clip into their peddles to try this combo.
I have ridden about 500 miles on these so far and I am happy. I had to play with the cleat positioning adjustment a few times to get it right for me. Thankfully the Giro Rumble offers a lot of adjustment and this is very easy to do. The shoes are generally comfortable and appear to be durable as well.
Shoe fits snug and I ordered 1 size larger than normal. Toe box is wide and roomy, so very comfortable. Sole stiff enough for biking, yet sufficiently flexible for walking. Used with toe clips (ones wo straps) can pedal quite efficiently. I've used them on 30 - 50 mile rides.
Appear well-made, Vibram sole is a plus, and should probe durable. Liked them so much, ordered a second pair, and one for my wife.
Runs small - purchased size 46 while usually take 45. Fit is quite snug, especially very curved heel. Great for casualtouring rides with toe clips that might include some walking. Sole is stiff for good power transfer, still quite comfortable for walking. Top is mesh, so not for cold weather use.
I bought these shoes to use when commuting on days that are too cold to wear my usual SPD sandals. Overall an excellent design, very comfortable on or off the bike. The last two (rear most) lacing holes on each side, however, are too far back for comfort (for me) so I just skip them and use the normal alignment holes. I added SPD cleats, of course, and round reflective stickers on the back to help visibility. Easy to use, comfortable, plenty of toe box room. Plus, an excellent value at the Bike Tires Direct price.
Bought these in blue for a coast to coast tour and they held up well. I am size 11 so i bought that size and they are a little snug. They stretched out enough to be comfortable but I wonder if I should have bought a size up as I can only wear thin socks with them. They have good stiffness for riding, the Vibram lugs are nice, but the cleat really removes a lot of the traction area so there is a compromise there. They are fair weather shoes and not waterproof but they dry out fairly quickly. They look rather nice and I don't feel self conscious while wearing them.
I use this shoe for commuting to university about 8 miles one way, and as a recreational road riding shoe on the weekends. They're comfortable for the most part, after about an hour of peddling, the insole does start to feel a bit hard and there may be a numb toe from time to time. I wouldn't use these for trail riding because the laces don't allow the hugging of the foot like a nice pair of velcro straps, and the heel allows sandrocks in. This shoe's stated purpose is commuting and they're great for that. They look nice with hiking khakis that I ride in when sitting in class or walking to different buildings on campus. They also allow for decent walking as they still have a shank inside the rubber sole, which does clop clop like a horse a little as the foot transitions from the heel to the ball of the foot.
The Giro Rumble VR MTB Shoe is a great shoe for the price. The shoe does run small, so order one size up. I would recommend this shoe for riders of bike trails and paths.
I got on sale and am very pleased with these. They are my 3 season shoe. they are light, breath well and comfy! That trim is some kinda shade of orange and wish the shoe was all black, I bought black laces and colored the orange on the heel with a marker!Recommended
Nice comfortable everyday riding shoe for long training rides when you know youre gonna stop for a drink and snack. Much easier to walk in than road bike shoes.
Bought these for spin class. I wear a size 10 - 10.5 shoe. My sidis are size 45. I ordered size 44 according to the fit chart. The shoes fit, but if I were using them on the road, I would order a 45. My toes almost touch the end.
They work well for spin. A little trouble slipping on, but once on, the lace system works well to fit my feet.
I was mainly just looking for some inexpensive spd shoes for pleasure rides and commuting in the rain (to not get my work shoes wet). What I liked about these, aside from the price, was that they look like normal shoes and good looking shoes at that (I purchased the blue version). If wasn't for the fact that these are definitely not made for walking very far in, I would wear them around even when not riding.
Great shoe allows me to commute on my various bikes without changing pedals. Borderline ok for office attire. Leaps and bounds better than the PI shoes they replaced.
I wanted a good spd compatible shoe that left enough room at the ball of the foot for comfort. This shoe does that. Additionally, it's a good shoe for walking when I'm off the bike. The vibram sole has good grip, which is something other walkable cycling shoes often don't have.
I will give 4 stars for now, as I have just today went out for my first ride. 3 hrs, semi-casual riding. No issues, never thought about them on my feet, comfy, clipped in very easy and reliably.
Great deal, and they LOOK Awesome with black, too!