Fox is a name that's synonymous with mountain biking and motocross, offering a wide range of apparel and protection. Now the brand has stepped into the shoe market, offering three Fox Union kicks: two clipless options and one flat shoe to provide head-to-toe coverage for the first time.
The designers at Fox have been busy working on the new Union shoe for over two years now but it hasn't been plain sailing, having to reassess the designs halfway into the project after receiving feedback from riders such as Greg Minnaar, Jackson Goldstone, Steve Pete, and Nina Hoffman.
Each Union shoe is built with a one-piece welded upper construction, which Fox says offers a consistent and precise fit and weather protection. The shoes get a moulded toe cap and a reinforced toe box that boosts all-round protection. As for the outsole, Fox has glued on an Ultratac rubber which is said to balance grip with durability.
The Union and Union Boa clipless models (the latter comes equipped with Dual Boa Li2 dials) utilise a glass-filled nylon shank to create an efficient pedaling platform, and that's combined with a Velcro strap system for comfort and a better fit.
Finally, the Union Flat uses a complete laced closure but the outsole design on this shoe has been given extra attention, being sculpted with hex-shaped lugs for grip on the pedals. The tread has been cut with a different spacing at the heel and toe area that should suit hike-a-bike sections.
Each model will come in unisex sizes from 37-47 EU and half sizes are offered from 41-46 EU. Both of the clipless shoes will come with two pairs of arch-height inserts for a custom fit.
As for prices, the Union flat will set you back £130, the Union, £160 and the Union Boa is priced at £220.
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