I don’t care what brand name is on here — these things look cozy. Photo: Matt Miller.

Mountain bike shoe brand Five Ten needs no introduction. However, in many ways, they seem to be reintroducing themselves, as a lot of riders are still unaware that Adidas owns Five Ten, even eight years after the fact.

For some, the big-company buyout is seen as good news, and for others, it’s bad. I have heard trailside banter and internet rants that since Five Ten bought Adidas, the shoes don’t seem to hold up quite as well. This of course could be anecdotal speculation spoken by riders or writers on an empty stomach.

The flip side is that Five Ten will continue to make mountain bike shoes, including classics like the Freerider, but will gain a plethora of new offerings with inspiration and design experience from Adidas. For now, this seems to be the case. As an additional note, Adidas is only putting their logo on shoes that were developed between the two brands, although the three-striped models are quickly dwarfing what Five Ten offered before Adidas.

During Crankworx Whistler, Five Ten showed off a bunch of new shoes, from casual Friday loafers to hike and/or bike crossover shoes.

These Trailcrosses are set to debut next year and will be available in a low and high-top. The upper is a lighter-weight and more ventilated construction and there are drainage ports for water. Five Ten sees these shoes as geared toward trailbuilders who do a mix of hiking and biking.

The sole is more flexible for easier hiking, but keeps the Stealth rubber for grip.

These were also on display at Five Ten and look like another hybrid hike/bike shoe.


Here are a few fun takes that were also on display. They look like a blend between the classic Adidas Superstar and a Five Ten shoe. Maybe Five Ten will have a new dirt jumper shoe on their hands…

# Comments

  • m.krupp

    This is interesting. I don’t own a pair of biking shoes at this point. I ride flats and I have always been surprised by the lack of design. Clipless shoes have some color and design that looks good. Flats are plain with a lot of black or black and red combos. I think I might be motivated to try the shoes out if the looked better. I am hoping Adidas may input some design. Maybe if i try a pair I might find that they really do make a difference. Hard to imagine after riding bikes all my life in all kinds of shoes and flip flops the only ones I say a definite no to.

    • Matt Miller

      For the first few years after I started mountain biking, I only rode in $30 Vans that I picked up at a Vans outlet store in the mall. The waffle sole is actually a great pattern for mountain biking and they stick well. But, they are far from stiff which caused some major arch aching and a loss of pedal efficiency, and not that durable. I was pretty ecstatic after picking up my first pair of dedicated MTB shoes afterwards. Stiffer, more durable, and more purpose built, not to mention that the sole was better. Always some good deals on the year old models that haven’t sold.

    • williedillon

      I went a long time with just using my running shoes for biking (I tend to take a while to adopt bike-specific gear), but I eventually got some Five Tens and the difference in grip and therefore confidence was absolutely worth it. They also come in a number of color combinations.

  • Brad Beadles

    as a long time fan of adidas, i’m stoked to see some of the og style “classics” being brought to mtb via Five Ten. I’m hoping to see more stylish options as an alternative to xc/road flashy hi-viz barf like sidi and the like.

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