The X-Project 1.0s proved to be stiff in the sole but still comfortable when forced to dismount, although they aren't inexpensive and not the best choice for riders with wide feet.
|Looking for a shoe that is stiff enough in the sole to feel cross-country efficient, but still flexes enough to not put your feet in the pain cave when it's time for a hike-a-bike? The X-Projects could be them. We've had two pairs of Pear Izumi's black and green kicks in rotation for awhile now, and they became an immediate favourite that was used for everything from all-day epics, shuttle runs on the big bike, and even when scoping lines and taking photos saw us walking far more than actually riding. The customizable arch and varus support worked wonders for one of the testers, with him saying that it really helped to get his feet in the correct position over the pedal and that fit was spot-on. The other tester wasn't so enthusiastic, however, reporting that his slightly wider than average feet had a hard time dealing with what feels like a pretty skinny fit to the X-Projects, as well as pointing out that the upper strap felt like it was applying too much pressure onto a single spot when done up barely snug. Much like bike seats and toothbrushes, shoes are a pretty personal thing, aren't they? That said, the X-Projects likely aren't the best option for those with paddle feet. Both pairs of shoes have seen extensive use in rain, mud, sun, and dust, with them showing no real signs of wear beyond what you'd expect to see, and off-bike excursions have shown them to be very walkable given their stiff feeling sole. - Mike Levy|
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