Riders looking for understated style, serious performance, and bomber durability will appreciate the Five Ten Raven Shoe. The Raven combines Five Ten's sticky rubber sole, a nylon shank, an Action leather upper, and an asymmetrical lace cover for the performance and durability that you need to crank through season-after-hucking-season.
The Raven Shoe has a Five Ten Stealth rubber sole. Stealth rubber gives you tons of grip so your feet stay firmly planted on the pedals. This soft rubber compound also provides grip when you're off the bike scrambling up a sketchy section, and is extremely durable. No other rubber out there is as sticky and lasts as long against the offenses of the gnarly traction pins on your pedals.
If you've ever pedaled in regular shoes, you know how annoying the flexible sole feels. Five Ten gave the Raven a stiff-but-sensitive shank that provides a solid pedaling platform without taking away from pedal feel or the natural flex of the shoe. The Raven also comes with ankle padding that adds support, more direct and responsive shoe-to-pedal input, and protection in the event of a crash, and an asymmetrical lace protector that will save your laces during your ride.
The Five Ten Raven Shoe comes in Nevermore Black and is available in whole and half sizes from 6 to 12, and sizes 13 and 14.
Out of the box, these shoes are like duct taping plywood to your feet. There is no curve to the soles; so after the heel strike, the shoe slaps to the floor. As I rock forward onto my toes , the shoe slips on the heel of my foot unless they are laced to vise-like tightness. After wearing the shoes for a month for biking and casual wear just to try to break them in, they are only slightly better. I would still be leery to wear these where even a brief hike-a-bike situation might be necessary.
The good news is that the shoes are good on the bike. The stiff sole works well on the pedals. The rubber on the soles grips the studs on the pedals ferociously. So far, there is no sign of the soles getting torn up by the studs. The main reason I chose these shoes was that they had no perforated or ventilated leather, so they are nice and warm for cold weather. The covered laces make cleaning the shoes after a muddy ride a cinch.
I have a pair of Shimano shoes for warmer weather that have a very stiff sole. They are much easier to walk in because of the curve built into the sole. I think Five Ten missed the mark here.