I used this for Biketrials (4 rides) so comments will be relating that. I use single cage pedals on my bike.
1. Very comfortable, feels like wearing snug pillows around my feet (not to the extent of skateshoes). These shoes have moderate arch support which feels nice on my flat feet.
2. Extremely grippy on the pedals, the rubber used on the sole is very soft and put over a layer of very soft foam. So when I'm on my pedals, cage just sinks into the soles and locks on. I am surprised the rubber hasn't torn given how soft it is. On rocks and smooth surface, it holds its vice like grips as the rubber sinks into any minute grooves of the surface.
3. This shoe is not designed with ankle protection so my ankles are exposed. However, the padding around the opening of the shoes is thick enough to keep a nice distance between my ankles and crank arms so I haven't yet knocked my ankles on the cranks even with side gaps. I used to knock my ankles quite a bit before this shoe, but the severity might depend on riding style.
4. I got the black/dijon yellow one and they look great.
1. The rubber sole is soft and durable, but the soft foam that it is stuck onto is not as durable. I think the decision to use soft foam is to allow the rubber sole to adequately deform for extra grip. However this foam is not quite as durable as the rubber so where my cage pedal rests, there are dimples where the foam underneath has collapse. I can also see small tear marks on the foam where the dimples are close to the edge of the soles.
2. Since half the surface of the soles are flat, the shoes will not dig into dirt so this shoe wouldn't grip so well under muddy conditions (comparing this to boots or trekking shoes that have deeply grooved soles).
3. This shoe is made to be lightweight, so I can't help but feel that there is inadequate protection around my toes. I haven't found my toes wedged between sharp rocks yet though. Touch wood. But I would imagine that would hurt with this shoe.
1. For well fitting shoes (comfortable snug fit with not much toe wiggle room), I typically get US size 7.5. However, after reading a few forums, I found that these shoes are a tight fit and I would be better off getting half a size bigger. Eventually, I purchase size 8 (US) and found them to be perfect. Not sure if this applies to all five ten shoes or just this shoe specifically.
2. Most shops are running out of stock and I think five ten is discontinuing this product. Hopefully they come back with a better revision.
I got these shoes primarily for work, I have owned 4 pairs of Five Ten brand shoes and have loved them all. I am a chef and the sticky rubber outsoles grip my restaurants kitchen tile floor like no other shoes ever have, even the ones that are supposedly made for kitchen workers. The first thing I noticed about these shoes was the comfort right out of the box. No break in needed for these shoes. The second thing I noticed was how the shoes almost feel like you are barefoot, I can actually feel the ground I am walking on. I agree with the other reviewers who mentioned to order a half size bigger than you normally do. I normally wear a 9 and ordered a 9.5 and its a perfect fit.