Etnies Release Camber Crank MTB Shoe

Sep 28, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
etnies camber crank

PRESS RELEASE: Etnies

Etnies have unveiled their new Camber Crank MTB shoe, which draws inspiration from the Marana and was designed especially for mountain bikers. The sole uses an OCX-3 Michelin rubber compound that Etnies say delivers superior grip, durability, and cushioning.

The shoe carries aesthetics from Etnies' skateboarding heritage, while the outsole of the shoe has a Michelin rubber compound that is made to be versatile under all conditions. There is a luggy tread pattern on the toe and heel to allow for uphill and downhill hiking, and a stiff molded TPU in the midsole to give a positive energy transfer to the pedals while also providing protection from hard impacts.

The shoe use Etnies' Pro foam 1 insole and a STI Evolution Foam midsole. There is an abrasion resistant PU Nubuck upper and a pocket on top of the shoe to tuck away laces and keep them out of the way.



etnies camber crank
etnies camber crank


etnies camber crank
etnies camber crank


The Camber Crank is available in two colors, Grey and Red with a gum sole and then Black and Blue. It sells for $99.99 USD. More information can be found at etnies.com





155 Comments

  • 53 3
 I can pretend like I'm in high school again
  • 9 47
flag Mattin (Sep 28, 2020 at 22:50) (Below Threshold)
 Basically they copied every other flat pedal shoe on the market that looks like a skate shoe and slapped their logo on it. Without realizing this skate shoe design is heavy and doesn't breathe well and is not a good design at all for cycling shoes in general.
  • 16 9
 Are you not satisfied with Michelin rubber and variety of shoes in the market? Etnies are good enough for semenuk. What do you ride that makes you so high horsed and beyond high school?
  • 38 2
 @Mattin: etnies copied other skate shoes......................?
OK.........
:'D
  • 8 0
 @Mattin: I've been on the same pair of etnies for the last two years and they still probably have another year in them, no other brand seems to come close to their durability, plus they grip the pedals very well with the sole pattern. I also live in Oz and don't find them hotter than any other shoe, how thick the padding is doesn't always correlate with the breathability, you can have a heavy plastic outer that doesn't breathe at all but looks skinny. Plus the added protection is a definite bonus.
  • 5 17
flag Mattin (Sep 29, 2020 at 4:46) (Below Threshold)
 @nojzilla: Read again, that's not what I said. What I said is that all brands (including Etnies) copy the fact that flat pedal shoes need to have the skate shoe design.

I know Etnies is one of the originals in skate style shoes, but that doesn't mean that their flat pedal shoes need to have the same design. The same way how Michelin / Pirelli tyres for bicycles are not 200+mm wide and square shaped, like their car tyres.
  • 12 5
 @Mattin: so what you're saying is........ Etnies should've made a flat disco slipper..........?
OK........
:'D
  • 1 5
flag pignoncino (Sep 29, 2020 at 5:23) (Below Threshold)
 i can pretend like i'm high in school again
  • 5 22
flag youknowitsus (Sep 29, 2020 at 6:37) (Below Threshold)
 @leviatanouroboro: He's French. They're all high-and-mighty douchebags in my overwhelmingly collective experience.
  • 9 0
 @youknowitsus: you might want to have a second look at that flag. Google is your friend. Easier still, click on his name, and it will tell you where he's from.
  • 3 0
 @youknowitsus: no need to generalise!
  • 2 2
 @leviatanouroboro: because I graduated high school.....in the early 2010s....when this type of shoe was last in style
  • 2 6
flag youknowitsus (Sep 29, 2020 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 @slyfink: I knew it could be wrong and said it anyways. Come at me.
  • 6 1
 @youknowitsus: do you need a hug?
  • 2 3
 @Mattin: dont worry about these internet chicken dicks Mattin.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: when you say this style is heavy and doesn't breathe, that isn't a bad thing in some disciplines. Personally I highly rate this style of shoe, if worn with an ankle brace/ guard they offer plenty of protection from footed tricks gone wrong. Plus the "extra weight" is often equal with extra protection, or at least a sense of that, either to the foot for hard / wrong landings or to the shoe itself.
  • 35 2
 Great looking shoes. Really wish Vans would do another MTB shoe.
  • 4 0
 this...miss the gravel
  • 2 0
 My pro Bmxs have been going strong for about 6 months now, minimal some damage but the crank protectors on the inner sides started to peel of early on but have since held strong, cheaper and better looking then all the other stuff too!
  • 2 1
 i rode in a £40 pair of slip on checkerboards. they lasted a year before the sole fell off
  • 4 0
 I saw that most pros that wear vans either wear the high tops, half cabs, and Kyle walker models. I’ve been riding in vans since I started riding and have had pairs of shoes last me over a year consistently. So why bother making an mtb specific shoe when the ones they already make work pretty damn well? Just always remember to get the pro model or you’re wasting your money
  • 1 0
 Ahh, I was thinking that the other day.... did they ever? I love Vans.....
  • 1 0
 @theronsta: I hear you man. The only thing with Vans is the lack of protection & how soft they are. On longer DH runs I find my feet get tired. Rock strike is also ouch. For jumping, crusing they feel magic. Plus cool as fook, they should be dirty on a flat pedal, not all buff in a superstore.

I'm tempted to try the Dennis Enarson BMX model.
  • 2 0
 @theronsta: I went back to vans this summer after a bunch of years on 5 10s. Got the Sk8 hi pro BMX and I don't miss the 5 10s at all. Good grip, I like that they have a little more flex and are easier to adjust foot placement on the pedal. I might give the etnies a try when the vans wear out.
  • 1 0
 @chriss78: I have had 3 pairs of the Kyle walkers and love them.
  • 25 1
 Just purchased, will report back...
  • 3 6
 I mean the Etnies shoes I bought 3 months ago for regular wear has the sole separating already on the left shoe so, I don't know what to expect with Biking Shoes
  • 1 0
 OMG LUCKY.
  • 1 0
 @Maarrk: different Etnies shoes has very different qualite, speaking from experience.
Jameson Crank (Semenuk model) is super decent and very durable model, pretty much the only good choice for DJ.
Skate models, from the other hand (with vulcanized sole) have many troubles and die fast, faster, than riding shoes under high load.
  • 1 0
 @Maarrk: I have 2 pairs of the Semenuk ones and haven't had any trouble with durability. They do get super dirty with the alcantara-like material on top, but who cares
  • 1 0
 @Maarrk: My semenuk's are nearly a year old. Have worn them for riding, an enitre house renovation and as a daily shoe in the work from home environment. Holding up brilliantly have been super impressed given the absolute thrashing I have dealt out to them.
  • 1 0
 @PaulieAU: I also have the Semenuk shoes. For biking, the support doesnt totally seem to be there for my weak ass ankles but they are really comfortable nd have lasted way longer than i ever would have imagined.
  • 1 0
 @PaulieAU: Yeah I can actually agree to that - The Semenuk shoes I've got last a long time, but they're dying now. I can't remember the model I bought a couple months ago but they're the ones that havne't lasted long at all.
  • 3 0
 I've worn the Marana, which these are based on, for years now. I bought in bulk and I'm probably on pair 3 or 4. Each pair with Michelin soles last almost a year and they are my only shoes for regular life. If these are similar they'll be rad.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I have a pair of the Marana with the Michelin sole. I wear them as an every day shoes, and for pump track and skate park riding on my DJ. I have Nuke Proof Electron Evo pedals, so the pins are fairly aggressive. The sole on my shoes is still looking fresh after two years (granted they're not my primary shoe, and the DJ is not my primary bike). They're stiffer than my 5.10 freeriders, and not quite as grippy. But I'm discovering this is actually good thing for jumping, so you can take off and reposition your feet as needed. I didn't think it was possible, but you can be too locked-in on a pedal.
  • 7 4
 They look good to me but I will stick to wearing regular skate shoes that cost a 3rd of the price. Never had a problem with griping the pedals in a pair of Van's etc. People will buy anything if they are told it is for their sport.
  • 2 2
 ^^^Second this^^^ I've always worn normal DC trainers for riding, newest pair for skatepark, older pair for trails and mud. Never had problems with grip, only thing I do is switch them to elastic laces because im too lazy to tie them properly
  • 5 0
 Definitely depends where you’re riding and what you’re riding. I wore vans skate shoes for years, then switched to fiveten.

They obviously cost more but the main benefits were: a slightly stiffer sole for less foot fatigue on long rough days, more protection from rocks, better sole durability, better draining and faster drying.

The grip is good too, it’s not that much better in the dry (vans waffle sole is awesome), but it’s better in the wet and is easier to squidge around a bit to find a comfortable spot.
  • 2 0
 @Altron5000: The stiffness of the sole is the key here.

I don't even like riding the 5 minutes it takes me to get to work in regular shoes, it feels like my whole foot is bending around the pedal, may as well be riding in carpet slippers.

My riding shoes are the Shimano GR9s and they are sweet. They do look like a spaceship and a DC shoe from 2004 had a baby though.
  • 2 0
 @Patrick9-32: Maybe it's a case of once you've tried it you'd never go back? I've always ridden in my DC's whether its uplift laps, trail riding, or skatepark sessions. Maybe if I tried proper riding shoes I'd be a convert. Who knows but christmas is nearly upon us Wink
  • 1 0
 @LanhamRides: Maybe that's it, I have spoiled my feet with stiff soles and now they think they are too posh for riding in normal shoes haha.
  • 2 0
 I personally quite like the look, but frankly, pretty much nobody round here cares about new shoes unless they have grip at least close to fiveten. For anyone that cares, my wish list in a new shoe are:
Grip (number 2 is probably grip as well)
Fair durability - doesn't have to last forever, but no soles falling off after a few rides
Stiffish sole - no floppy skate shoes
Reinforced toe box
Lace cover ideally or lace holder
Either waterproof or fast drying. Not permeable and slow drying fiveten!
Gaiter of some sort to keep stones out
Speedlace of some sort
Deeper treaded toe and heel for pushing on mud etc
  • 4 0
 Anyone ridden these or this Michelin rubber and how does it stack up to Five tens?
  • 3 8
flag matt-15 (Sep 28, 2020 at 13:49) (Below Threshold)
 I've been using the Shimano GR7 shoes with Michelin rubber for two seasons yet and there is very minimal damage to the rubber, and I run my pins quite aggressive. I've not used Five Tens so I can't comment on how they compare to each other
  • 10 6
 No way that rubber grips for park & DH. I assume these are pump track/dirt jumps dude shoes.
Nothing wrong with that of course. But I picture a trememdous amount of street cred being given at the secret DJ's by the late 30's crew if you buy these.
  • 4 1
 I have the latest Shimano GR9's with Michelin rubber and they grip very well. Difference between the two is nominal, but the five ten wins in the grip category. I'm coming off of five ten free rider contacts, which in my opinion (Aside from the de-laminating sole issues) are the best flat pedal shoe out there.
  • 4 1
 I've been running Etnies Marana Mid and Marana Mid Cranks for two seasons now. The rubber is the same on both. The only difference in the sole between the Crank and the skate model is on the Crank it's a little stiffer due to a reinforced shank. I actually prefer the feel of the skate model Marana because it's just a softer sneaker and more comfortable overall. I was on the Five Ten Freerider Contact and Five Ten Freerider the two seasons before that. The Five Ten rubber is grippier out of the box, but breaks down so fast. The Michelin rubber is a bit more supportive and the tread design helps you lock into place on your pins. And the Michelin soles last FOREVER.
  • 2 0
 I use the Marana Mid when I ride BMX and have ridden DH with them. I don't find them near as grippy as Five10's nor is the sole as stiff...granted they aren't the MTB specific one....but they still do quite well as a flat pedal shoe.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: I've come from the freerider VXi, which is basically the earlier version of the contact. Just got some freerider pros and I prefer them, don't feel much stiffer but seem to pedal much better, feet stick on better too, so they dont bounce around in the rough. However they are harder to move if you put them on the pedals wrong.

Only done 2 rides so cant comment about longevity however.

I'd recommend trying the pro if you haven't already
  • 1 1
 @melonhead1145: Ya I should add that I don't trail ride with them. It's purely DH and DJ. Pedaling with the grippier Five Ten rubber might be more efficient.
  • 1 0
 Not as good IMO
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: and the Camber outsoles last 3x forever...I'd be content if they lasted as long as Freerider Contact, for $99. Seems like the midsole on Contact loses stiffness at about same rate as soles wear out. Supposedly TPU doesn't break down like EVA, so the Etnies might be better there.
  • 1 0
 Michelin grip wasn’t that great compared to five tens. If this is the same rubber compound they used on their past shoes, it’ll be a hard pass for me.
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: well if you've been riding Shimano shoes for 2 seasons with minimal damage to the rubber the difference with 5-10's is how long they last! Adidas/5-10's last me one season at most. but the rubber is so good...
  • 2 2
 I ride Northwave Clan shoes and have for 2 years now, who also partner with Michelin for sole, wayyy more durable than 510s, easier to replace foot even tho they grip just as much.
Paying 200$ for 510s that last only a year if you ride every week is just a waste, they are old news they need to revamp their compound.
With ride concept, northwave around and new proper flat designs from corps like giro and shimano, i do not see 510s on top anymore, overpriced and short life isnt good business.
my 2 cents
  • 3 0
 I've been riding mine all summer... Honest review: More comfortable and stiffer than 5.10, but heavier in weight. The Michelin soles are definitely more durable than Adidas Stealth, but not nearly as tacky. I also think they pull off the 2-way look better than other bike shoes. You can go from the trails to the bar in fashion! It sucks slipping pedals more often, but at least you won't be paying $150 for a shoe that lasts 3 months.
  • 2 0
 @matt-15: using GR7's now, was previously using old-model Impacts. The Michelin rubber has a higher durometer than the Stealth rubber so not as sticky but still has adequate grip, consequently making it easier to change foot position while underway.
  • 1 2
 @geerumm: Weird criteria. My #1 goal ever is to slip not a single pedal ever again. It happens when things get bonkers, but I just can't accept popping a shin or gashing them.

Age 48 now and Five Ten Impacts and Freerider Pros are the least amount of grip I can accept from flats. Very little skin left on my shins.

Different strokes for different folks I guess?
  • 1 0
 I had the gr9's for dh I hated them, kept losing my feet. While my pivot is not the best about pedal kickback, my raceface atlas' and the gr9's should have done better. I prefer Oneals shoes to any of the Michelin soles
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: Suppose the only remedy is to go with clips... I tend to blame pedal slips on the shoes or worn out pins, but let's be honest... it mostly has to do with body position and weight balance on the pedals. With that being said, I'd much rather deal with bloody shins and/or calf than purchase another Adidas shoe. Skins grows back.
  • 1 2
 @geerumm: No. Skin doesn't. Not after roughly 40 years of shinburgering.

And no, pedal slips are directly correlated to the rubber compound. You make zero sense.

Am I to assume you wear black stretch denim & have a chain attached to your wallet and maybe piercings that come in a gage size larger than stock? Totally random guess, but be honest.
  • 1 2
 @geerumm: Checked your profile. Guessed right about the stretch black denim pants. Am I close on the other stuff?
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: what's with the personal attacks - you have issues and need help
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: lmao looks like the man blewhisfuse, shinners dont really happen in mtb'ing that is not freestyle based like slopestyle,dj,park,street. If you slip a pedal, either your shoes are done, your pins are done/terrible pedal design, bad weight distribution/ankle angle, maybe your rebound damping is non existant or you are way over your head both in skills and comfort in what you are doing.
Have not slipped a pedal in the last 20 years other than riding the disciplines i mentioned.
  • 2 0
 @rustyglaze5: shinners can happen bump-jumping if one's shock spring rate and rebound damping are not right on. Does that mean bumpjumping is freestyle-based?
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: i quoted rebound previously, i have also no idea what is "bumpjumping" nor have i or anyone i know ever heard of it so i cant help here
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: you do realize you're stalking me right? In every thread I comment. It's flattering and creepy.

And pretty sure its VERY obvious that i'm making a silly stereotype about the guy.

Good grief. Grow a set of man danglers and toughen up. Jokes are jokes. None of this is reality. It's just fantasy world in the comments. Bye now. Beer
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: says the guy stalking others’ profiles and points out personal details. It’s obvious you’re the creep here LOL
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: thanks stalker guy. I looked after I typed the joke douche bag. I thought to myself that my generalization (because lots of people wear skinny black jeans now) would make it seem like I stalked him if he actually did have pics. That's why it's a separate comment. Made it even funnier to me... and only me.

Cuban-b... how long are we're gonna dance this stalker dance? Beer
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: if you’re gonna be an a*shole, at least be funny. You’re like that kid in school who nobody likes, but continues to annoy people because that’s the only way you can get attention. Be funny, and people might want to put up with your constant barrage of bullshit.
  • 1 1
 anybody run back and look at @cuban-b and his comment crusade to fix me. He's running a heavy campaign here. Tireless. Save PB from me....
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: @cuban-b: this is the biggest scandal since Schwarzenegger and Bieber teamed up to create Fabio Wibmer. I can tell from your profiles that you're wearing tight pants, even if it's just underwear
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: your sense of entitlement precedes you.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: my entitlement came to this party first? Fascinating. Please...keep typing. We're on the edge of our seats eager for your knowledge. Enlighten us.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: I’m just surprised you’re taking a break from disparaging the handicapped or threatening e-bike riders.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: awww, can't you jsut go all Anna & Elsa with me?
Let's sing about it:
"let it go...let it go....
can't stalk this dude anymore...
.I don't care...what they may say
the comments never bothered me anyway."
  • 1 0
 I love comfort mtb flat pedals shoes ,with some stiffness but light ,but ..........,let’s be honest they are just a pain after some hard ridden km ,after some months on the 5.10 the gray ones ,witch had a good front Rock safe ,light ,alright confort ,very bad at letting the water out (your feet will stay under water in side the shoes (good for the dead skins,great results there :-)) )but just to soft cause it made me marks off the screws of the pedals in my feet’s that hardened:-)) ,then I just bought the bulkier ones not the Sam Hill ones but the others ,and tell you that they are more comfortable ,more heavy ,still doesn’t let the water out (the older high impact just got all heavier but the water didn’t stay inside the shoe),but they are almost perfect ,no more feet feeling like your pedals have nails ,I’m saying all this for a rider that rides 70/80/90/100 km on the bike with some up’s ,final note please 5.10 make a better shoe lace ,a more gripping at lacing one up and yes that glue on the joints not the best cause people bend their feet’s while walking and other things
  • 2 0
 Five Ten Trailcross seems to be the only flat pedal shoe which has got the design right. Everyone else just copy-pastes what's on the market without even thinking what they are doing.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: never tried them ,but they might be my next ones to buy
  • 2 0
 Try rubbing beeswax on the laces at the tie point. It’s an old trick that works for me to keep laces tied better when laces don’t have enough friction.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: that might be a good idea
  • 2 0
 @Mattin: yeah, I got the trailcross this summer. I’ve been really happy with them for the most part, I look forward to the new design with the built in gaiter though as I get so much debris in dry conditions into the shoe at the cuff. But, at least it was a huge step forward in design, IMO. It drains water quickly, comfortable on and off the bike, good grip while hiking, and don’t feel the pedal spikes penetrating the sole— all with the classic 5-10 grip. I just will probably downsize about a half a size, as it fits bigger than my old 5-10s.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: They use $10 worth of products on the Trailcross and then charge $180. What!? Are these Nike Air Jordan's??
  • 1 0
 @geerumm: Haven't tried them yet, but you're missing my point. My point is that the shoes were designed with a complete new start from zero, based on which characteristics are best for its usage, and not based on that it should look like a skate shoe and continue from there.
  • 8 7
 Sooo is there absolutely no interest in making a good MTB shoe anymore and it's left to industries that aren't even associated with MTB anymore? Adidas=Soccer, Etnies=Skate, etc...
Just wondering who the demographic is out there being modeled for these shoes? From what I'm seeing out there, it would look like European milllenials who are interested in spending more time wearing their bike shoes to a cafe or walking to the next available wifi hot spot?
  • 10 0
 Companies still seem to have this notion that only bros at the bike park use flats..
  • 2 0
 OWN lasted what a year? Trailcross looks to be a fairly similar shoe. And there’s a winterized version in the works.
  • 3 0
 Surely its a good thing for the sport that more brands are getting involved and seeing that it's a profitable area! Only good things can come out of more people making bike specific stuff (more competition=more innovation)! By the by, they're all shoe brands anyway with years of experience making sport specific shoes, id get it if uncle bens started making shoes, but what rule is there that etnies aren't allowed to make bike shoes. Plus the fact that five tens, were and always will be at heart climbing shoes, so no difference from where I see it. I do agree that Adidas have absolutely ruined five ten and made a right hash job of a brilliant company, however vans have always done a great job with their bike shoes and they're a skate company????‍♂️ just food for thought
  • 3 0
 I think the problem is people like ...... who ignore the following Giro Rideconcepts afton Shimao Scott Specialized Ion Oneal
  • 1 0
 @jewpowered: I always find its the smaller brands that make the best products. Tis a shame that five ten got too big for their boots though, used to make proper shoes, not running shoes with a sole????
  • 5 4
 These shoes are great. Stiff and durable. I've ridden them on trails and in bike parks. This year I've put 1700+ miles in them since January and they are still in good condition. Dusty as shit, but good condition.
  • 3 3
 High marks from a triple sandwich. =)
You're making me hungry! Gonna have to hit Talavera Taqueria tonight.
  • 8 0
 How have you been riding them since January if they've just been unveiled?
  • 3 0
 @revolt: Must be an InFluEnCer
  • 1 0
 @revolt: The version before I believe...looks like the same shoe, just different color way. In all transparency I did get them from the team guy (bike industry hook up).
  • 2 0
 A stitch in time saves nine. Why shoe manufacturers ignore this simple truth and keep producing shoes with delaminating soles?
  • 3 0
 Hey, etnies marketing, make a Rooftop 3 with MTB sole and you have all of my money.
  • 2 0
 Had Rooftops back in the day, loved those shoes
  • 4 1
 What’s the toe box protection like, if there’s any?
  • 4 1
 Wait, I thought people wanted MTB shoes that didn't look like skate shoes.
  • 19 1
 No they don't want MTB shoes that look like a roadie threw up on them.
  • 2 4
 Its really funny how indecisive the mountain bike community is with shoes. Like we want to not look like we are wearing old people shoes. So skate shoes. But not skate shoes. Some sporty. But not too sports cause that looks dumb.
  • 3 0
 @chillrider199: "indecisive" is the wrong word. There is just a diverse group taste of people in mtb from the roadies like to the Shaun Palmer like.
  • 3 0
 Vans hi tops and lows look a likes plz
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: There is a really big gap between skate shoes and roadie shoes. The world is not black & white.
  • 1 0
 Proper Enduro/Aggro Trail shoes for both flats and clips need to come out.
  • 1 1
 sales speak by themselves. The leading shoes couldn't look more like skate shoes, every viable competitor also does, including new brands that I guess researched the market before launching, and many like me ride in straight up skate shoes. Then you see brans like OWN making what everyone in PB comments say to want, but they look weird, nobody buys them and they go out of business. I think people DO want shoes looking like skate shoes but with some mtb features, thats it. The rest is just a noisy minority.
  • 1 2
 @iiman: With that way of thinking everyone wants a black colored car, because the Ford Model T was only produced in black and "sales speak by themselves".

The problem with smaller brands like OWN is the distribution, good luck trying to get your hands on one, if they actually even hit mass production?
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: looks killed OWN, not the distribution.
  • 1 0
 @iiman: Speculations...
  • 1 0
 @iiman: No OWN did not make "what everyone in PB comments say to want". You also can't buy OWN in the USA (just tried).
  • 1 0
 @chillrider199: skate shoes are old people shoes at this point.
  • 2 0
 @Mattin: how big a gap though, like road gap over the Tour big or...?
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: Bender's Jaw drop big
  • 1 1
 @Mattin: Someday when you are old enough to understand . . . . ,you will understand.
  • 1 0
 @iiman: basically skate and surf have the best styles...just ask the hotties
  • 2 0
 @jrocksdh: Except this is what stylish modern skate shoes look like

www.nike.com/t/sb-nyjah-free-2-skate-shoe-DXQDzz/BV2078-100
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: Still just copying vans (not a good thing). Skate and surf are some of the most stagnate cultures in terms of changing style in the last 20-30 years. For a counter culture activity everyone just wants to fit in lol But def wouldn't take trend advice from a middle age dude in the hills of Orange @jrocksdh
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: those are cross trainers are they not?
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: been pretty cool have been raised in oc with so much skate, snow, surf, bike culture. Was really fun to work at v co, forum, vision street wear. Its changed alot.
Those nikes look comfy-trainers meets old.man walking shows.
Ya, as u age u want more comfort over style lol
  • 2 0
 @jrocksdh: Breaking news: 43 year old man determines he is cool. Calls Nyjah Houston's style that of an "old man" and single handedly ends gen z fashion.
  • 1 0
 @gonecoastal: They are not
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: they look like the Free Trainers I had minus not being neon green.
I’m mildly interested in them.
  • 1 0
 I googled but couldn’t find image of the lace pocket. Can you post a photo. I’m a big fan of tucking my laces on all my shoes.
  • 1 0
 What is the weight of rider? Most of information abut shock, fork and tire pressure settings are worthless with out information about rider weight...
  • 11 12
 When will companies finally realize that skate style shoes are not what many people want for riding:
- They are heavy.
- They dont breathe well.
- They are very year 2000.

The only proper shoe until now is the FiveTen / Adidas Trailcross, finally a brand that uses their brains to create flat pedal shoes that are actually optimised for what we use it for, instead of these heavy non-breathing 2000s skate clumps.

That said, WHY IS THERE NOT A SINGLE BRAND MAKING A PROPER WATERPROOF WINTER FLAT PEDAL MTB SHOE????

So many people are asking for it, how hard can it be to create a mtb flat pedal shoe which is similar to the Shimano MW5 spd shoe? Basically if I dont want my toes to freeze off in rainy winter weather and snow fall, I'm forced to go spd.
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 I love the look of skate riding shoes. I know its all a matter of opinion but I like that if you crash in a proper pair of shoes the dont just rip up like my five tens, plus they look SICK!!!! Been running the ride concept vice and wildcat for a while now and they offer just the right amount of grip and protection, a definite five ten convert.
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 There was a shoe that ticked all those boxes OWN FR-01. But they aren't producing tham anymore. And Trailcross is a running shoe converted to MTB.
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 there is no point in a waterproof shoe due to teh big hole in the top where you put your foot. the shoe just fills with water that then gets freezing cold. What you want is a shoe that drains well and is a bit insulated. like the specialized 2f0 The trailcross isnt half as grippy as a freerider as the stealth rubber is the harder compound. its comparable to my michelin etnies maranas. the posh 510 rubber is just much better for bike shoes. for most uk riders who ride in allweathers they just buy a winter shoe - size up and wear waterproof socks and thicker undersocks.
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 @vid1998: That shoe is a perfect example indeed of how flat pedal shoes can actually be perfected for what they are intended for, instead of only sticking to the looks we are used to.
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 @Vwcamperman: It definitely makes a lot of sense to make waterproof shoes, you clearly haven't tried any yet. All big brands make them for SPD and they work amazing. There's just no one who makes a proper one for flat pedals (only Vaude, but I'm sure those won't keep your feet dry on an all day ride through the rain).

The water comes in through the material, that's why most roadies and some mtb riders wear waterproof overshoes to keep their feet dry. Sadly these overshoes suck on flat pedals, already tried it.

Water will not not come through the top where you put your foot in, first of all because normally your rain pants cover that, second of all because waterproof shoes have some mechanism on the top to make sure the hole is closed (check Shimano MW5 for example, but nearly every SPD shoe brand has their own waterproof SPD shoes).
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 That tongue looks like it's going to be uncomfortable. A huge relatively stiff piece of synthetic leather with almost no padding on the edge.
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 I like the tread pattern, looks like it will shed dog shit nicely when you rock a pit stop piss and step in it.
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 buying my dad who is relatively new to MTB flat shoes...any advice guys?

I've only ever ridden clips.

Have heard some of the stickier soles are not great for beginners?

Educate me!
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 Freerider pros can be great for anyone from beginners to experts. For less grip I'd detune the pedals but keep the sticky rubber.
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 @sspiff: nice those look good, thanks dude
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 Wow, I think this is now the good time to switch to flat pedals!!! Black and blue one is sickkkk!!!!
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 My brain to Etnies and MTB and i read eMTB shoe. That was a mind bender.
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 Would appreciate a slightly breathier option. It's hot where I live and rarely proper wet.
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 MTB - Where shoes are cranks and clipless has clips.
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 Seems like people are upset about shoes as if they are forced to buy it.
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 Wow, it's like I'm 14 again. Does it come with a giant Etnies sticker and a bottle of GOT2BGLÜED hair styling product?
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 we cant get these in Canada.... Still stuck buying shit 5-10 s or vans. Theyre good for about 3 weeks
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 These are made for heelflips
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 YOOOOOOO I'M IN
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 I want high tops!
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 they have them, i just ordered the etnies marana mid crank mtb for the boyfriend. haven't got them yet but they are also michelin rubber
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 Nice but , Bring Back The Trauma!
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 Hundred bucks, later 5.10.
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 SOMEONE MAKE A FLAT PEDAL SHOE FOR WINTER FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
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 Looks comfy
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 made out of the same material as sx cranks : cheese
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 "They already smelled like this when I bought them"

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