Reviewed: Endura MT500 Plus Flat Pedal Overshoes – Come with a free yoga workout before every ride.

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It is one of the great mysteries of the mountain biking world: why are there no flat pedal deep winter boots? In recent years we have seem some efforts at warmer shoes, or even waterproof hi-tops, but we’ve yet to experience some true winter boots with sticky soles. There are any number of boots for the clip-in rider, but the sticky sole crew are left to layer up in waterproof socks, and destined to hope that their shoes will be dry by the next time they want to ride. Turn that radiator up full whack…what’s that smell?

endura mt500 overshoes flats
Two black booties, standing on a wall.

This product does not seek to resolve the absence of winter boots for flat pedal riders, but instead aims to make flat pedal riding a bit more inclement weather friendly. The Endura MT500 Plus overshoes are neoprene booties with a tough rubber edging and stirrup that fit over your standard flat shoes.

The stirrup is designed to hold the bootie in place, but without compromising your flat shoe’s ability to grip your pedal. It’s even claimed that the stirrup and dimpled rubber toe will give you more grip than many flat pedal shoes. It also sounds very promising, especially as a pair of overshoes is cheaper than a whole new pair of winter boots (even if they did exist for flat pedals riders).

Endura MT500 Plus Overshoe Features

  • Flat-pedal specific design
  • Nylon faced neoprene upper
  • Rubber open sole for use with flat or clip-in pedals
  • Aggressive rubber toe section tread for added grip
  • Rear Velcro® closure with fit adjustment
  • Reflective trim
  • Sizes: S/M (37-39), M/L (40-41), L/XL (42-43), XL/XXL (44-45)
  • RRP: £44.99
Endura MT500 Plus Flat Pedal Overshoe
A solution for flat pedal winter riders?

Tight Fitting

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Review Info

Product:MT500 Plus Overshoe
Tested:by Hannah Dobson & Tom Hutton for 3 months

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (10)

    I’m also a size 41 and swapped for the bigger size as getting them on and off was just looking too difficult. They don’t appear to be waterproof, not keeping my feet dry on wet rides but last winter they did keep my feet warm and meant my shoes and laces weren’t caked in mud once I’d removed the overshoe. They do a job but remain a last resort for me for times when I’d be in a lot of discomfort without them, on those occasions I’m please I have them.

    I also found the fit that tight that it squashed my feet which doesn’t help to keep them warm.
    I managed to find some 510 EPS freerider boots for £57 which do an excellent job when coupled with Sealskins and some Endura trousers.

    Tube repair cement to seal up neoprene holes, works a treat on the roadie ones that I use. I’ve a pair or Northwave shoes that are as big as the 5.10’s and wouldn’t attempt to get an overshoe on them. They are just too wide and special looking!

    I have tried these with my 5tens and agree its a right work out getting them on. In muddy conditions and a fair bit of walking I found my feet ended up just as muddy and wet as riding without, it just sucks up around the soles. If it was a frozen ground ride that wouldn’t perhaps be a problem but then I probably wouldn’t need overshoes. In the winter wet I now run a 1/2 size bigger 5tens with Sealskin socks and find that works for me.

    Well for those of us with bigger feet, calling 44-45 “XL/XXL” is completely laughable. Eve. If the sizing worked out OK. Try 48-50…

    Hmm, they look promising, but think I’ll stick with my ancient Lusso Max Repels; they’re designed for SPD/road, but old and scruffy enough to use with my 5:10s and flatties. It’s a shame someone doesn’t do a slim fitting MTB friendly version of walking boot gaiters – y’know, just enough to cover the laces and ankle/shoe gap to keep the splashes out…oh, and if it was thermal .

    P.S. Thanks for posting such an honest review, that’s saved me a few quid!

    The answer to grippy, warm, waterproof flat pedal boots is Adidas Terrex Mid, the ones with Continental rubber soles based on Mountain King tread.

    I was using this review set for a week, in the previous sizing for 44 shoes. Getting them on was easiest if I pulled alternately on the top and bottom rather than the sides, but was so much hassle I looked at them and opted for wet feet instead on several rides.

    I found they worked well on the bike, but as soon as I had to do any damp hike-a-bike, they basically pumped any small puddles quickly and directly into my shoes. This might have been specific to these overshoes and the surface patterns on my 2FOs.

    In the winter I don’t even take off these anymore, i just leave them on my shoes (FiveTen EPS High), because they are such a pain to fit. The L-XL model just barely fits a 42 EPS, and I’m tempted to give the XXL model a try, which didn’t exist yet when I bought them last winter.

    The downside is that putting on the shoes is now almost impossible without a shoehorn, and that they dry slower. But I have a small shoe drier for like 15 bucks which does an ok job (and which I’ve bought independently before the MT500s), so they easily dry up over night unless totally soaked.

    All this still beats having to spend 8-10 minutes putting on the overshoes before every ride (yes, I stopped the time). And I really really need these overshoes to combat my cold feet, even when using the EPS winter shoes and two pair of socks.

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