Let's say that after years of road racing, you're attempting your first triathlon. Training for three disciplines is brutal on your body, but it's equally hard on your budget. As a result, you might be tempted to use your ultra-rigid, buckle-secured road shoes for the bike leg of the race. However, before you do, consider the comfort that you'll add, and the seconds that you'll subtract from your time, by investing in the Shimano SH-TR31 Shoes. They're lightweight, lightning-quick to pull on and adjust, and compliant enough to keep your feet fresh for your run without sacrificing any power transfer.
It seems cliché to say that races can be won and lost in the transition stages, but this often proves true. With a large pull tab at the heel and a single strap over the instep, the SH-TR31 is more akin to a slipper than a shoe. Additionally, the fact that the strap secures towards the inside of the foot allows you to hook the shoes up to your bike, jump into them, start pedaling, and then strap up--without having the strap crash into the spinning crankarms. Resist the temptation to scoff -- with practice, these are easy seconds to gain on the competition, and easy seconds are hard to come by over the course of countless kilometers of suffering.
Shimano gave the TR31 shoes its normal last (or shape), ensuring that the fit is snug to reduce the possibility of hot spots. And the lightweight, fiberglass-reinforced polyamide sole transfers power to the pedals, without being so rigid that it causes numbness and discomfort that can escalate into serious pain when you start running. The upper of the TR31 is made of tough, stretch-resistant synthetic leather, and generous moisture-control mesh inserts provide plenty of breathability for hot summer days. Plush, seamless fabric lines the inside of the shoe to ensure sock-free comfort.
The Shimano SH-TR31 Shoes are compatible with three-bolt cleat designs, as well as two-bolt SPD pedals when paired with Shimano's SM-SH40 adapter. They come in whole sizes from 36-52 and in the color White/black.
Because dedicated triathletes need bike shoes that won't slow them down, they strap on the Shimano TR31!
|Average footwear weight (pair):||1 lb. 7 oz.|
|Avg. Weight (Pair):||1 lb. 2 oz.|
|Cleat Compatibility:||3-hole road, 2-hole MTB with adapter|
|Closure:||hook and loop straps|
|Crank Brothers compatible:||Yes|
|Outsole:||Fiberglass reinforced polyamide|
|Upper:||Synthetic leather/nylon mesh|
|Upper Material:||[uppers] synthetic leather, [ventilation] 3D mesh|
|Weight:||1 lb. 2 oz. (515 g)|
|Shimano SH-TR60||$249.95 - $250.00|