Shoes for some people, can be a dime a dozen. To me, they are one of my most important riding tools-call them equipement if you will. Nobody likes shoes that make their feet hurt while they ride, or slip off your pedals, or destroy your toes when they get a little too close to a rock while pinning it. I have a long history with clip in bike shoes and have finally found one that completely satisfies my DH needs.My shoe of choice is the Adidas Hematoma. They are radically bodacious and I think a lot of you will agree. I tested them for one full season and they look better now, then the day I got them…nice and filthy! But are in perfect shape.
From casual wear
To work wear
For most people, your first impression when you put them on are that they are too stiff. And I do agree, but in a few rides they soften up, and for me at least, became just right. Personally I like a stiff shoe. For years I would use an aggressive XC shoe because I like the efficiency of a stiff sole and I find it helps on those harsh compressions. But those XC shoes would destroy my feet from time to time when I would toe case a rock or stump. The Hematoma’s are designed with all your aggressive DH needs in mind. They have a solid toe cup to protect those precious little toes and have great ankle support and protection with their high top design. Also they have made them lace free, so all you need to worry about is three stylish Velcro strips when slipping them on.
Unfortunately for me my current shoe of choice is my Ojibwae snowshoe. I’m up in the artic hunting for diamonds. Soon enough when my bank account is toped up, I'll head south and have them on my feet again and be a much happier camper. If you want a shoe that will last and perform, then try them out. I love mine and I bet you will love yours. Now go ride… because I can’t!
See you at the races…
Special thanks goes out to Colby Large and OGC