Getting the right trail or enduro mountain bike shoe can be tricky so we've compiled a list of the best shoes you can buy. These clipless and SPD shoes have all scored over four our of five on test, so you can be assured we rated them highly. Dig in for the best all-mountain clip shoes for summer and winter riding that we've tried and tested.
[Updated 18 January 2021]
The best trail and enduro SPD shoes you can buy
Simply scroll down for the list of the best shoes we've tested, in no particular order. Or hit the link below to jump straight to that shoe. First up are the shoes for all year round, followed by some winter only options.
The best SPD boots for winter
The Giro Ventana Fastlace is a clipless offroad shoe that works excellently whether you're a gravel rider or a light trail smasher. While it makes for a comfortable, cool summer choice that’s easy to get on and off, the tread isn’t grippy enough for the mixed conditions of the equally mixed UK weather.
The Specialized 2FO Clip 2.0 mountain bike shoe balances weight, protection, pedaling efficiency and weather resistance in a way that makes it a very pleasant place to be. While it performs well in most situations, however, the Body Geometry footbed might not be for everyone and it's a bit pricey.
The Shimano ME7 shoes received a glowing report when we tested them last year, since then they have been updated and are as good as they ever were. 2019 sees the shoes get a wider last and a sealed cleat area, keeping them in the top spot as one of our favourite enduro and all-mountain shoes.
The Shimano AM7 is a gravity-focused, clipless shoe built for comfort while pedaling. It has many of the features found on the AM9, but there’s more of an emphasis on airflow and keeping the weight down. It's slim, light and well suited to the best part of the British year, but it's not quite as comfy as some of its rivals.
The DBX 4.0 Clip is Leatt's entry to the world of trail and enduro shoes. It's superbly comfortable, very protective and gives great pedaling efficiency, but it's also chunky, heavy and hot.
The updated Shimano ME5 trail shoes effectively balance walking efficiency with power transfer. The sole is good for hard surfaces and wet grip is good, though it lacks real bite in mud. They're secure and comfortable, too, but ours are showing signs of early wear due to an odd material choice.
The Scott MTB AR Boa Clip Lady Shoes may not have the coolest name but what they lack in the title they more than make up for as a rugged and comfortable clipless mountain bike shoe for wilderness adventures and short pedals alike.
Northwave's Outcross 2 Plus shoes are comfortable and casual looking clipless pedal shoes that still manage to perform off-road. They have a dial tensioner and velcro closures, plus a Michelin tread coupled with abrasion and impact details. All in all, they are great shoes for everyday off-road use or longer trips on rougher terrain.
The Scott MTB Comp Boa Reflective shoes are a new version of Scott’s well-priced MTB Comp Boa shoes, helping you be seen in the dark whilst not looking out of place on daytime rides.
The Fizik M6B Donna SPD shoes are good value women’s performance shoe built for anything from trail riding to all enduro racing. They will suit you if you like a cross country style of shoe and aren’t going to be doing lots of miles in the winter.
The Specialized Recon 1.0 clipless mountain bike shoe is a versatile and lightweight trail shoe that happily takes on gravel riding too. It's comfortable, stiff and easy to walk in, and well-priced as well. Other than the flimsy-feeling Velcro straps, there’s not much wrong with them at all.
The best SPD boots for winter
The Shimano MW7 boots are the new incarnation of the popular MW5. These new SPD trail boots use Gore-Tex, are waterproof, warm and are super comfortable with performance akin to the fairer weather ME7 option. We found in the very wet they did get slightly damp inside though.
Keeping dry and warm is a challenge during winter, but Fizik's Terra Artica X2 shoe does an excellent job of keeping your feet protected, with a toasty warmness that lasts long into the ride. The tread is rugged and easy to walk in with an agreeable level of flex, but at £280 they're a serious investment.
If you’re looking for shoes to protect your feet from cold, grotty weather then Bontrager's JFW Winter shoes will protect well. They’re very well made, offering loads of toe wiggle room, secure foothold and a sole that is balanced between pedalling stiffness and walkability. I just wish that they were totally waterproof.
This list will be continually updated, let us know in the comments section if there is anything you'd like us to test.
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