Shimano unveil new Enduro and XC footwear

Shimano’s Enduro and XC shoe categories have received some new entrants with a focus on everything from elite racing specs to basic comfort. 

The Japanese brand announced on Friday the arrival of the new ME7 and ME5 Enduro shoes as well as the XC3 and XC1 kicks in the cross-country category. 

Let’s take a closer look at what each model offers. 


The ME7 is classed as Shimano’s elite racing shoe and as such has been pulled together with help from participants in last year’s Enduro World Series. 

It carries a brand-new dual-density rubber outsole from Michelin in an attempt to increase traction and slip resistance, handy with the weather much of the eastern seaboard has received recently. 

Also new is a low-profile, reverse mount buckle designed to stay out of the way and keep your foot well secured. 

Other features include: 

  • Neoprene stretchable ankle collar offering additional protection from trail debris. 

  • Speed lacing system securely fitting a wide range of foot shapes. 

  • Sealed cleat area to keep water out. 

  • Torsional “TORBAL” midsole to allow for natural rider 'flow' during downhill descents. 

  • Volume+ last with extra toe-box volume to accommodate comfort in wider range of foot shapes without affecting shoe lengthEnables ultra-wide range of feet sizes. 



Weight: 400g
Stiffness: 8/12 
Sizes: 40-50 
E-width: 42-48 
Colours: Black, Olive. 
RRP: $279.95 (Available September 2020) 


A less intense version of the ME7, the ME5 from Shimano still incorporates much of the same racing tech. 

It features a new single BOA L6 dial for quick micro-adjustment in addition to a closure cap to prevent an accidental release during collisions. 

Other features include: 

  • Reinforced armour providing protection and durability. 

  • Proprietary Shimano grippy rubber compound outsole offering traction in wet conditions. 

  • Torsional “TORBAL” midsole to allow for natural rider 'flow' motion during downhill descents. 



Weight: 362g
Stiffness: 6/12 
Sizes: 38-50. 
RRP: $259.95 (Avaliable September 2020) 


The XC models also feature the DNA of the premium S-PHYRE MTB range, with high-end looks and the capability to deliver performance. 

Both of Shimano’s cross-country models draw inspiration from the high-end S-PHYRE MTB range. 

The XC3 also features a BOA L6 dial, similar to the ME5. 

Other features include 

  • Shimano’s Dynalast fitting to reduce fatigue over longer distances. 

  • Low stack height (thanks to the removal of the lasting board) which stabilizes the foot for better power transfer. 

  • Toe and heel protection. 



Weight: 332g 
Stiffness: 5/12 
Sizes: 36-52 
E-width: 40-52 
Colours: Black 
RRP: $199.95  


The XC1, like its road counterpart the RC1, is all about one thing, comfort. That’s evident in the features listed below. 

Other features include: 

  • Three offset Velcro straps to reduce tension yet spread the tightening force across the upper. 

  • An upper fashioned from perforated synthetic leather for great breathability and fit 

  • A lightweight glass fiber reinforced nylon sole with rubber XC outsole to promote a stable pedal engagement, secure walking grip and assured power transfer. 



Weight: 334g 
Stiffness: 5/12
Sizes: 38-50 
RRP: $149.95 

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