Best shoes for platform pedals

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  • #216632

    So everyone seems to think five tens are the cats meow for riding platforms, but is there anything else that people love? If you do ride five tens, are they really the best ever?
    My tennis shoes are about to break open and I need to figure this out pretty quick..

  • #216638

    A lot of people like five-tens, but I think they are too expensive.  I use Sketcher Vigor 2.0. I find them for around $45 or less a pair. different colors are different prices.

  • #216641

    I absolutely love my five tens.  They are so comfortable that I could sleep with them on.  They are true to size.  I have a bunion too and they still feel like they were made for my foot. The tread just makes your feet stick on flat pedals magically.  Because my feet feel good and more stable, I have more confidence which is the most important benefit.  The better my confidence, the better I ride and accomplish more on the trails.  I did get lace locks to switch out the laces so they don’t get caught in the chain, which has happened with other shoes but not these.   I have the free rider.  I got my boyfriend pair of high top ones to protect his ankles and he loves them too.

  • #216668

    I did go with lock laces on my Sketchers too… But to be fair, I’ll bet no one using five tens has tried the Sketchers..  I use them with Shimano Saint flats..   They seem to stick just fine, I actually hit a rock with my pedal on a ride, the right pedal jerked backward, the top left pedal jerked forward, and it pulled my left shoe right off.

  • #216700

    Five Tens are the cat’s meow! The bee’s knees! Jam Central Station!

    Really though, they are the best out there. Their rubber can’t be beat.

    I liked the Teva Links shoes they had a few years ago. They were comfortable and well made, but not as sticky as 5.10. Buuuuuut, Teva quit making them. Specialized makes some flat pedal shoes that have been well-received and DZR makes some as well.

  • #216701

    I have 5-10 free riders and love them.  However they are pricey.  Gonna look for less expensive shoes possibly.  Teva or Sketchers.

  • #216719

    “If you do ride five tens, are they really the best ever?”        YES!!  I’ve tried a few others and yes 510’s may seem expensive by comparison, but you truely do get what you pay for in this case.  You gotta’ pay to play…

  • #216729

    Five Tens are great.  They are made for cycling and have a stiff sole- they are a purpose built shoe.  Other shoes flex too much- I’ve had discomfort and pain post rides after riding in other shoes.  To me, Five Tens are worth it.  If you haven’t experienced this and your shoes stay sticky on the pedals, you may not need them.

  • #216730

    I got a pair of 5-10 Freeriders and they are excellent. They felt a little stiff when new, but after a couple weeks they were nicely broken in. They grip like crazy to my Race Face Atlas pedals. I’ve got over two months of riding in them now and they are holding up well so far.

  • #216737

    I just use Mavic or Shimano MTB shoes, but I leave the SPD cleats off….the shoes are super stiff (which is a must for me), mega-durable, easy to wash and comfortable enough to walk around in (for an hour or two) after the ride.

  • #216747

    Five Tens are worth the money IMO.  I’ve got freerider elements for normal duty and have worn Impact VXIs and Impact Lows for DH and Enduro trails.  Nice having the extra toe protection.  Just ordered some Sam Hills.  Use code Springsale for 20% off till May 29th

  • #216760

    The new 5.10 Freerider Pros are the best yet. I’ve been on flats for four years now and have burned through several sets of shoes. 5.10, Specialized, etc. The old Freeriders are great for bike park stuff, but I found the soles wore out quickly and the shoes’ midsoles were too flexible for good long rides. The big 5.10 shoes (like the Impact and Sam Hill) are stiffer and the soles last longer, but they are huge and heavy. The Freerider Pro is the best of both worlds. It’s light, stiff, and with durable soles. It also dries quickly.

  • #216763

    Another Five Ten devotee here.  Worth every penny.  The shoe is comfy and the grip fantastic.  I’ve had my current pair going on five years now.  When I replace them, it will be with another pair of Five Tens.

  • #216815

    <p style=”text-align: left;”> I usually wear nothing at all… No wait, Five-Ten’s. I’m having a hard time convincing my friends that they’re worth it. Maybe I need new friends… The Skechers seem sketchy. I like my pedals flat and my shoes flatter.</p>

  • #216816

    I own several pairs, both clipless and none.  They stick like crazy to the pedals and are great for the hike a bike parts as they stick to the rocks as well.  As far as price goes, you can easily get deals on them.  Five ten’s website has close outs that are a lot cheaper and are still brand new shoes.  Prices range anywhere from about 49 to 70 dollars.  A few are a little higher but that is the general range for close outs.

  • #216945

    Giro makes mtb shoes but they dont compare to Five tens. If you wish to save some money just get a regular snickers but it wont be the same.

  • #217536

    Hate to agree but year, 510 Stealths were a game changer for me, along with studded VP-001 pedals. The Stealths have a smooth rubber bottom towards the ball and to the toe, so the studs just sink right in. And the shank is stiff enough that my feet never feel fatigued.

  • #217557

    I use an old pair of Nike skater shoes and they work great with my NRG Taster’s Choice flat pedals.   I have a hard tail and ride with guys who all have full squishes and trust me when I tell you they make me push my bike to the limit.   And those shoes stick like glue to my pedals.      Someday I will get a pair of 5.10s but for now, skater shoes do the trick.

  • #217558

    Some of the adidas shoes has the same stealth soles as the 5.10.  They work just as well but you don’t look like a 10 yr old skateboarder

  • #217582

    You can’t be 5.10 period.  I have the Freerider and the Freerider Contact, the original Freerider is more durable than the contact.  You can get 5.10s on closeout and Zappos sells them a little cheaper too.  I ran some DVS that had great grip before, however nothing out there beats 5.10.  So, if you’re FLATS for life like me, go with quality 5.10s.  My original Freeriders have held up past 2 years and are great.


  • #217679

    New Balance 608v4 at $70 FTW, made in the USA!

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  • #255979

    I have had my five tens for going on 6 years now years now. They are scuffed scratched and the soles have shallow cuts channels from the studs on my pedals but they are still going strong. They do cost more but, they will last a long time.

  • #256127

    I have high top 5 10’s and w/spikes in the pedals they are about as close as you can get to clipping in w/o doing so.  I have had mine for almost 2 years and they are in great shape.


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