Cheap Five Ten alternatives
My first thought would be some skate trainers with a solid sole for a cheap option. Giro have shoes at around £55 but if you are spending that much you may as well go for 5-10s. It’s worth considering that decent shoes designed for use with flats make a difference. Using shit shoes and shit flat pedals will probably feel a bit shitty. Sorry for the over use of the words shit and shitty.Posted 3 years ago
Teva Links for £42.50 – excellent shoes, on my second pair.
Edit – link always useful.Posted 3 years agovonplatzMember
I’ve been riding SPDs virtually since I’ve taken up MTBing about 5 years ago and want to improve my skills by going to flats.
I’ve ordered some pedals but don’t want to go and spend a whole load of money on shoes till I think that I’m sure that I’ll actually take to riding with flats.
Can anyone recommend me any cheap alternatives to flat specific shoes that won’t break the bank?
TaPosted 3 years agoads678Subscriber
Any decent soled skate shoe will do fine. Yeah 5 10’s are sticky but it’s more to do with you, how you position your foot and use your weight.
I’ve used Etnies for years with no problems, now gone back to spd’s (AM45’s), but have recently been using some Element shoes on the HT, which still has flats, and they are really good. Sole is quite stiff and waffely pattern.Posted 3 years agoallyharpSubscriber
5:10s are noticeably better, but I used to ride with a variety of skate style shoes and most of them were decent enough. In general I think a gum-coloured sole is an indication of a nice soft texture that grips well. Airwalks from Sports Direct are cack as the sole compound is far too plasticy (on the ones I had at least).Posted 3 years agoSuperficialMember
It’s also not all about the sole. For actual mountain biking, you want shoes that won’t get sodden with water, are lightweight yet won’t fall apart, will allow you to hike-a-bike when necessary, have a stiff sole, will fit well and have a reliable way of tightening.
Vans are fine for sole grip most of the time but they fall flat on most of the other counts.
No one seems to make a proper riding shoe with all the above features sans cleats. Even 5:10s are heavy and absorbent. Whilst my AM41s admittedly aren’t as grippy and haven’t lasted me very well, I think they’re better than 5:10s for a lot of that list.Posted 3 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
I’m a uk 9 to 9.5 in most stuff, my Tevas are are a 10 and fit well, they do come up a little narrow, but then I have wideish feet.Posted 3 years ago
Most of the folk I ride with have 5-10, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a foot slip off a pedal with my Tevas and keep meaning to order another pair before you can’t get them anymore.chiefgrooveguruMember
Even 5:10s are heavy and absorbent.
The new Freerider VXi Elements are as light as AM40s and Links and more water resistant and quicker drying than either. The soles are fine on all of them but the 5.10s are grippiest – with new shoes and new Vaults they started out feeling too sticky, was really hard to adjust my feet!Posted 3 years agobenp1Subscriber
I put up a PSA for Teva Links a little while, they were cheap on ebay. Offers finished now
I bought a pair and have been wearing them for all MTBing ever since. I’m a size 11 in most shoes and the 11s in the Tevas were fine
Have worn them for riding in the woods, a skills day I did and the Welsh Ride Thing. Very impressed with them, did a lot of hike a bike in them and they worked well. Walked through a bog in them and they got wet but were still comfy, took a little while to dry. Have shrugged off normal muddy riding fine without wet feet, but wouldn’t say they were in any way waterproof, more like vaguely water resistantPosted 3 years agoMackemMember
Just bought a pair of these. Looks good value.Posted 3 years agoweeksySubscriber
Mackem – Member
Just bought a pair of these. Looks good value.
bought, many many thanks.Posted 3 years agoalmightydutchMember
I cant recall my Vans Skink Mid getting sodden in the lovely weather we have over here. In fact they’ve been used regularly for just over 2 years and I’ve only just worn through the sole….so need more. Sadly they’ve stopped the Skink so I might have a look at trying the Teva Links as I like the look of their mid/hightop. I cant ride normal as I like a bit of ankle protection offered by the mid/hightopsPosted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Do 5 10’s still have a cardboard footbed?
No, I think they finally got rid of that!
I know I’ve said it already in this thread but I avoided 5.10s for years because of their reputation for acting like soggy sponges – the ‘winterised’ VXi Elements are quicker drying than my Teva Links or Shimano AM40s and keep the wet out for longer too (especially compared to the Tevas).
So if you want something with a sole which is 5.10 grippy and doesn’t have 5.10’s old absorbency problem then get some 5.10 VXi Elements! The normals VXis may be similarly unabsorbent but I don’t know for sure…Posted 3 years ago
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