Ride Concept Vice shoe

First Look: Ride Concepts VICE Kyle Strait Signature Flat Shoe

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Ride Concepts’ new VICE shoe is aimed at dirt jump, slalom, BMX and downhill riders who value pedal feel.

Ride Concepts produces a whole host of cycling-specific shoes and sponsors some of the biggest talents in the industry. Riders such as the Athertons, Sam Pilgrim and Kyle Strait all wear Ride Concepts rubber, and from our own experience, the shoes are pretty good.

The new VICE shoe gets a familiar skate-shoe design, a style that was missing from the Ride Concepts range, and throws in some high-tech features to produce a stylish and grippy pair of kicks.

Ride Concept Vice shoe
These are the special edition Kyle Strait shoes.

As well as looking more like a casual skate shoe, the VICE also has the new RC Fusion outsole. This sole is described as an ‘inverse, gradient diameter hexagon’ in the Ride Concepts marketing email, but to us, it looks similar to your traditional waffle style grip.

The hexagon pattern varies in sizes with the shapes nearest to the toe measuring 9mm in diameter and those at the heel just 7mm. The idea behind the different sizes is so the pedal can seat itself securely in the smaller diameter hexagons for added grip.

Ride Concept Vice shoe
Hexagon tread for added pedal grip.

It’s worth mentioning at this point that the VICE is aimed at riders who value pedal feel, meaning that there is no firm foot support for pedalling efficiency in the shoe. Some riders may prefer this, BMX, pump track riders, etc, though riders wanting to cover distance and who value pedal efficiency will likely prefer a different shoe in the Ride Concepts range.

Enhancing grip is the Rubber Kinetics DST 6.0 HIGH GRIP rubber outsole, a material that is super tacky and easily allows pins to bite right into the sole.

Ride Concept Vice shoe
Perforated for breathability.

The skate style upper is made of durable suede with perforations for breathability. A gusseted tongue is designed to prevent debris and dirt getting inside, but it’s safe to say that these are a dry weather shoe and shouldn’t really be used as an all-rounder or in the rain.

A TPU Toe protector and rubber toe cap are featured but again think of these as light protection and not something you would rely on to fend off rocks and roots on the trail.

D30, a soft material that firms upon impact, is used for the heel and ball to protect the foot in the event of a hard landing.

Ride Concept Vice shoe
D30 to shrug off hard landings.

The VICE is available in Charcoal, Black, Camo, Grey and this special edition Kyle Strait model with a gum coloured outsole.

Ride Concepts VICE First Impressions

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Ride Concepts VICE Shoe

  • Men’s £89.95
  • Women’s £89.95
  • Youth £64.95
  • From: Silverfish

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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