The Ultimate Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoe Guide: Find the Best Kicks for Your Riding Style

Ultimate Guide to Flat Pedal MTB Shoes

Flat pedals and cleat-free shoes have been quieting the bike shop floor in recent years and for good reason. Folks are tossing themselves and their uber-capable bikes down steeper shoots and off larger hips, and want to be able to throw a foot out whenever they like. Riders often cite an appreciation for the skills required to ride with flats as a reason to stick with the pins, even if they also use clipless pedals and shoes occasionally.

In our recent podcast with pro rider and former observed trials champ, Jeff Lenosky, he mentioned that he rides clipless on the trail, and flats when it’s time to perform some legit tricks. Between Lenosky and the reigning EWS champ Sam Hill there is certainly some legitimacy to riding unclipped.

This list of flat pedal kicks will lay out some defining features of each pair, and will include weight, price, and links to additional information. Some designers in the flat pedal shoe market seem to be focused on maintaining a particular aesthetic, while others are more focused on the technical and functional aspects of footwear. We have organized the shoes according to several factors including ankle height, gender, and closure system to make the pile easier to sort through.

BrandModelWeightPrice (USD)*
BontragerFlatline430g (size 46)$129
BontragerFlatline$129
ChromeTruk$75
DZRSense$79
Five TenFreerider Pro338g$150
Five TenSam Hill 3549g$160
Five TenImpact High586g$160
FiveTenImpact Pro493g$160
GiroRiddance Mid445g (size 43)
GiroRiddance430g (size 43)
GiroJacket II415g (size 43)$90
IONRaid Amp II$150
IONRaid II$115
MavicDeemax Pro Flat$200
MavicDeemax Elite$140
NorthwaveTribe$100
NorthwaveClan$150
O’NealPinned Pro$90
Pearl IzumiX Alp launch W295g$150
Pearl IzumiX Alp Launch340g$150
Ride ConceptsLivewire455g$100
Ride ConceptsSession Hellion421g$130
Ride ConceptsSkyline$150
Ride ConceptsWildcat482g$120
Ride ConceptsTNT$160
SCGSound$70
ShimanoGR5400g (size 42)$100
ShimanoGR9365g (size:42)$140
ShimanoGR7366g (size:42)$130
Specialized2FO Flat 2.0347g (1/2 pair, Size 42)$170
Specialized2FO Flat 1.0315g (1/2 pair, Size 42)$120
VaudeMoab Mid STX AM$200

*Claimed weights are per shoe, and come from manufacturers’ provided info. The size of the shoe that was weighed is listed below if available.

**Prices may differ depending on retailer and currency.

Lace lowtops

Ride Concepts Livewire review and photo by Jeff Barber.

Bontrager Flatline has a durable synthetic leather upper. $130 USD.

photo courtesy FiveTen

Five Ten Freerider Pro One of the most popular flat pedal shoes recently received a few updates. Claimed weight 338g. $150 USD. “Freerider Pro touts superior toe protection and is quicker drying than its predecessor and utilizes a fully dotty Stealth® S1™outsole for proven grip and durability.” Claimed weight 289g. $150 USD.

Five Ten Impact Pro The Impact pro is a fast-drying shoe with a synthetic upper and thick, shock-absorbent sole. Claimed weight 439g. $160 USD.

Five Ten Sam Hill Named after the formidable EWS Champ, these shoes are designed to stomp stages. The soles are so thick they look like short hiking boots from a distance and are likely just as durable. Claimed weight 549g. $160 USD.

Giro Riddance The water-resistant upper is molded to a sole touted as “best in class” for vibration damping. Claimed weight 430g in size 43. $130 USD.

ION RAID AMP II The Amp II sole features dedicated pedal and walking zones. Claimed weight 440g in size 42. €130.

ION RAID II A stylish, flat-pedal shoe with classic lace closure. €100.

Mavic Deemax Elite.

Mavic Deemax Elite “Spider sole design allows you to easily move your foot on the pedal while riding and keeping close control of your bike.” €120.

Mavic Deemax Pro Similar to the Deemax Elite, with added height around the ankle for increased protection. €170.

Northwave Clan The mesh tongue provides padding and breathability in one. $150 USD.

O’Neal Pinned Pro

O’Neal Pinned Pro The Pinned Pro includes a removable and interchangeable footbed. €80.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch  350g claimed weight, $150 USD.

Ride Concepts Hellion Another sweet flat pedal shoe with very few stitches to wear out, and some solid vibration dampening. Claimed weight 421g. $130.

Ride Concepts Livewire Weight is 535g in size 12. $100 USD.

Ride Concepts Powerline The Powerline takes all the cool features of the Hellion and adds some ankle protection.  $150 USD.

Ride Concepts Skyline.

Ride Concepts Skyline The Skyline is the burlier low-top offering from Ride Concepts, with a higher medial collar. $150 USD.

Shimano GR5 Available in sizes all the way up to 48, this is an affordable option with some sweet features. Claimed weight 400g in size 42. $100 USD.

Shimano GR7 This shoe has a cool stretch-mesh ankle collar that keeps debris out of the shoe. Claimed weight 366g in size 42. $130 USD.

Shimano GR9 mountain bike shoes.

Shimano GR9 The GR9 has an armored lace shield that provides protection from debris, and the synthetic upper dries super fast after wet rides. Claimed weight 365g in size 42. $150 USD.

Specialized 2Fo Flat 1.0 SlipNot 2.0 rubber compound is the softest and tackiest Specialized has made to date, guaranteeing good grip on the pedals. Claimed weight 315g in size 42. $120 USD.

Specialized 2FO Flat 2.0 Air mesh on the tongue and uppers provides protection, while most of the stitching on the shoe is hidden beneath a protective layer of rubber. Claimed weight 347g in size 42. $150 USD.

Lace-Plus Lowtops

These are shoes that use a strap or BOA closure in addition to laces.

Ride Concepts TNT Ride Concepts’ mid-height, flat pedal offering with an ankle strap for on the fly adjustments. $160 USD.

Fly Lowtops

Photo courtesy of SCG Shoes

The shoes below have a decided emphasis on aesthetics, often with functional elements below the surface.

Afton Keegan “Mono-directional interior shank supports your foot on the pedal during impacts, assists in energy transfer when pedaling, and reduces vibration yet flexes to allow normal walking.” $99 USD.

Chrome Truk The Truk’s nylon upper is reportedly 25 times stronger than canvas.  $75 USD.

Giro Jacket II The Jacket II uses a Vibram Ecostep rubber sole, specifically designed for flat pedals. Claimed weight 415g in size 43. $90 USD.

Northwave Tribe “Reinforcements with abrasion-resistant rubber prints on the toe and heel, and a reinforced toecap.” $99 USD

SCG Sound SCG Sound shoes are handcrafted in Colombia and packed with hidden features like top protection under the first leather layer. $70 USD.

Hightops and mid-tops

Photo courtesy of Five Ten.

Five Ten Impact High These are the taller version of the Sam Hill kicks, offering the most ankle support Five Ten has offered to date. Claimed weight 586g. $160 USD.

Giro Riddance Mid Riddance uses the same Vibram sole as many of the other Giro shoes, but in a high-top format with a large ankle-strap to keep them snug. Claimed weight 445g in size 43. €140.

Ride Concepts Wildcat “Featuring cranked-up stability and ankle protection, it’s a mid-height, sticky-soled, flat pedal brawler.” The Wildcat are somewhere between a mid-height and high-top shoe, with a small ankle strap for adjustments on the go. Claimed weight 482g. $120 USD.

Vaude Mid STX AM Like all Vaude products, these are environmentally friendly and fair-trade manufactured. Claimed weight 880g. €175.

Looking for more information to help you make your mountain bike shoe buying decision? Check out this article on choosing the right MTB shoes.

Do you have a favorite pair of mountain bike specific flats that are not included here? Let us know in the comments and we will periodically add new kicks to this list.

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