Review: Shimano GR7 vs GR9 Flat Pedal Shoes

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Shimano unveiled a brand new line of gravity-oriented flat and SPD shoes last year, and since then we’ve been testing a whole swag of them. Two such shoes are the latest GR7 and GR9 models (GR = flat pedal specific), which we decided to give to our resident flat pedal expert, David Hayward, to see what he thought of each one, and which one he would recommend. Over to David! A perennial thread on bike forums about five years ago was “what’s the best winter flat pedal shoe?”, and more often than not the answer was “there isn’t one”, or “this skate/running shoe”, or “walking boots”, or “this one but it’ll take a week to dry out”. Many companies have tried, some have failed, and a few classics have been discontinued. Thankfully though, more manufacturers have been considering flat pedal rider needs in recent years. Among the more recent entries are these two sets of kicks from Shimano. The GR9 and GR7 are based on the same sole unit, made in collaboration with Michelin. The...

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