Shimano ME7 Shoes - Review

Mar 15, 2017
by Mike Kazimer  
Shimano ME7 shoe review

The ME7 is Shimano's top-of-the-line trail/enduro shoe, designed to meet the needs of riders looking for something that's stiff and comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time while also providing traction for tromping over unrideable sections of trail.

Available in sizes 38-48, the ME7 weighs in at 455 grams for a size 45, which puts it on the lighter side of the spectrum for this style of shoe. MSRP: $200 USD.

Shimano ME7 Shoe Details
• Speed lacing system, lace cover
• Ratcheting strap
• Michelin rubber outsole
• Stretch neoprene ankle collar
• Weight: 455 grams (per shoe, size 45)
• MSRP: $200 USD
www.shimano.com / @shimano


Shimano ME7 shoe review
No shoe tying skills required - Shimano's speed lace system is as simple as cinching down a drawstring.
Shimano ME7 shoe review
The asymmetric cuff adds a little extra protection between those bony ankles and crankarms or bike frames.


Construction

The ME7's synthetic upper has an asymmetric cuff that helps provide protection for those vulnerable ankle bones, and a small, stretchy cuff is in place to keep pebbles and other trail debris from ending up inside the shoes. The fit is adjusted via a speed lacing system – just slip your foot in, cinch down the drawstring, secure the ratcheting buckle and you're good to go. There's also a velcro cover for the laces, which adds a little bit of weatherproofing and provides another layer of protection against mud and grit.

A large vent is in place over the top of each foot, and the shoe's cuff is also made from a perforated material which helps to make sure those little piggies don't cook on hot summer days.

Shimano gives the ME7's sole stiffness an 8 on their rating scale, where their stiffest XC race shoe gets an 11 and the DH-oriented AM9 receives a 5. The outsole was developed in conjunction with Michelin, and the result is an aggressively lugged tread pattern that uses two different rubber compounds for maximum grip.


Shimano ME7 shoe review
The extended cleat track allows for a wide range of cleat positions.
Shimano ME7 shoe review
The bulk of the shoe's ventilation comes from the mesh / neoprene panel over the toes.


Performance

As with any cycling apparel, it's always best to try before you buy, but I did find that compared to Shimano's AM9 shoes the ME7 seemed to run a little bit smaller. They do break in and stretch out slightly, but riders that are in between sizes may want to size up.

The ME7 shoes are extremely well ventilated – the mesh panel over the front of the foot allows for a generous amount of airflow, and even on the hottest summer days I didn't have any trouble with overheating. On the flipside, that does mean that there are better options if you're looking for something for riding in chillier weather; at the very least you'll want to search out some toe covers.

The past four months here in the Pacific Northwest have been even wetter and sloppier than usual – fenders, goggles, and mud spikes have been the name of the game – giving me ample opportunities to test the ME7's wet weather capabilities. While they're definitely not waterproof – that big vent over the toes makes sure of that – I was pleasantly surprised by how well they resisted getting fully saturated, even after splashing through deep puddles. The shoes' construction allows them to shed water well, and the lack of any unnecessarily thick padding on the inside helps keep them from turning into soggy sponges.

Shimano did an excellent job dialing in the ME7's sole stiffness – it never felt like there was any undue flexing or folding during hard pedaling, but they allow for enough movement at the front of the foot that walking around still feels relatively natural. The deep and well padded heel pocket also helps to prevent any unwanted heel lift while hiking, and the meaty lugs provided plenty of grip, even in slippery, greasy mud. The protection around the toe box also came in handy on multiple occasions - the rubber bumper at the front helps to ward off stubbed toes.

After over six months of use the ME7s are still going strong, and other than some scuffing and wear marks around the ankle there's no other signs of the punishing conditions they've been subjected to. Most of my moments of hiking have been on fairly soft ground, so it's difficult to say how the tread would fare for riders in really rocky terrain, but all the lugs are intact and there's no peeling or sole separation.



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesShimano's ME7 is an outstanding shoe, one that performs exactly how a high-end all-mountain / enduro-oriented offering should. The fit, durability, and off-bike traction are all top notch, and the lightweight, well ventilated design is the icing on the cake.  Mike Kazimer








115 Comments

  • + 72
 Shimano the name says it all. Reliability and lasting parts and products for years and years to come. Some of the best bang-for-the-buck stuff in the industry is made by Shimano. I also love your fishing reels.
  • - 29
flag abzillah (Mar 15, 2017 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 Did you say bang-for-the-buck?
Did you see the price?
$200!!!
If that's bang for the buck, Can you please adopt me?
I need a few new bikes that are a bang-for-the-buck.
  • + 13
 @abzillah: When it comes to drivetrain parts he's not wrong.
  • + 5
 Yep i got the new but lesser spec ME5's and theyre awsome shoes. I use them on my 20" bmx race bike on my dh bike and on my trail bike so they get used every day for a wide variety of conditions. Best shoes ive had. Got them for $130 US and i know theyre gonna last for years!
  • + 10
 @abzillah: I got mine online $ 119.99. There's a big difference in real-world prices and pinkbike prices.
  • + 3
 @abzillah: I also bought the prior Year's model for $35 a pair. That was such a good deal I bought two. Thank you jensonusa. There's always a great deal out there online somewhere you just have to look for it.
  • + 1
 If you factor in the warranty, the shoes are a fair value. Kind of a hassle sending them back for delam soles though. Approx 6 mos use each out of two pair of M163 before they exploded... and that warranty dept. Ugh. Not the most competent to say the least. Hope these and the ME5 have that issue handled.
  • + 2
 @slowrider73: I was planning to get the ME5 but the real world price difference is very small, a lot less than $50.
  • + 1
 Thats right I have smashed my pedals countless times for 4 years and they are better than ever!
  • + 18
 I still don't see why they can't bring this same lace retention system to the flat pedal version of these shoes. Do they think that flat pedal users don't like their shoes to be tight?
  • + 1
 Same opinion here.... I WANT this shoe, but i ride flats: so.... no option.
Shimano, please tell us: WHY ?!?!?!? There are a LOT of people riding flats. There actually is a market for that.

P.S. i currently use the Shimano AM7, wich i like. But they can improve some.
It usually takes me less than a season to wear out a pair of shimanos. But i ride really a lot, so its pretty good.
  • + 13
 Why the heck is there not an enduro flat pedal shoe with sticky rubber that has a waterproof lace cover like most of the spds?
  • + 5
 Only What's Necessary... www.onlywhatsnecessary.com
  • + 1
 I agree! FiveTen needs to build a shoe like this with FLATS! Why do manufactures only make this style for clips?
  • + 0
 @dawgman25: It's called the Karver and it's made by 5-10.
  • + 4
 @panaphonic: Meh, not exactly. Something more low profile like the Impact VXi Clipless. Same type of body, add some protection with a higher inside ankle, quick laces, and it is dialed in. That Karver is a 5+ year old model and out of date - too heavy and bulky.
  • + 1
 @dawgman25: Freerider ELC that vernon felton reviewed? Stiffer midsole than typical freeriders.
  • + 2
 @nydownhiller: Yassssss! Ordered my pair of fr-01's a few weeks ago, should arrive soon. Can't wait!!
  • + 11
 My AM5's have another 9 years left... Shimano shoes are as reliable as the universe.
  • + 2
 My AM45s have not worn out yet!!
  • + 4
 @ilovedust: To aggressive riders, the AM45 clipless shoe is akin to the mythical Alpinestars leather boots back in the day to motocrossers.

Ride your sponsors brand when you're filming or racing. Slip the Alpinestars on for all your hardcore training and long track days.
  • + 1
 The soles came off my AM45s after three years and not exactly regular use. It could be down to Taiwanese humidity though.
  • + 1
 My AM sole went off after about 4 months of use. I bought simple XC shoes instead, less weight and glue issues, though I'm sliding like a cow on ice while pushing the bike uphill on wet rocks.
  • + 4
 @jaame: Wild. You're the only people I've ever heard of that happening to. Every person I know that owns a pair, myself included, wouldn't trade them for the world. I've not got one seam loose or any hint of glue screwup
  • + 1
 @bizutch: have to agree, ive been running them for 8 years since they were called dx. Only ever replaced them when my feet got too big.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: They have both opened up at the front this past winter, like a big open mouth at the front. Giant frogs.
  • + 2
 @Dhminipinner: The grey ones were the sexiest. Wish they would bring that color back.
  • + 6
 I put 4000 km of riding and training and six days of the Trans-Provence into my M200s (not quite as burly as the ME7 but still excellent) within 7 months and the laces were fine. I bent the right buckle on the life on Mars Stage which I repaired with my Leatherman Squirt, the new ME7 style buckle should reduce the chances of this happening. Then the left sole delaminated around the cleat on Day Four, which is not surprising given the severity of the hike-a-bike sections. The Trans-Provence destrpys shoes and tyres. Shimano Canada warranteed the shoes and I had my new shoes within three days (which is amazing considering post times within Canada) of dropping my shoes at my local Shimano shop. Overall a good experience with Shimano shoes and Shimano warranty.
  • + 5
 Thank you for including the available size range! Its nice to know that they don't make them in large sizes before I read the whole review and get excited only to go to their website and find 48 is the largest size. Cheers!
  • + 4
 Have the M200s in 49 and they're pretty great. Disappointed these stop at 48.
  • + 3
 @Phillyenduro: Also note that in my view the European sizing is a bit off. My size, US12, usually is around EU45-46, but Shimano's equivalent of US12 is EU47. Love my shimanos though, just highlighting the sizing.
  • + 3
 @MTB-Colada: My size 43 AM45s are definitely more like a 41.5
  • + 1
 @Phillyenduro: If you look at the shimano website they go up to a size 50.... www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/gl/fw/products/offroad/035sh_me7.php
  • + 1
 @bigtim: Not sure what your looking at. When I click the link and scroll down a little it says 38-48.
  • + 2
 @Telebikes: that is weird... I just double checked and it says 38 - 50 when I look. Just under where it lists the weight.
  • + 2
 @bigtim: Maybe European have bigger.....feet?
  • + 2
 @MTB-Colada: Funny you say that, because I just checked Shimano Uganda and it says they go up to size 60.
  • + 1
 The SH-AM45s were the first pair of clipless shoes I really fell in love with. Very durable, rigid and comfortable through all seasons of riding. The only thing I didn't like was tying the laces beneath the velcro flap. Looking forward to giving these a go at some point.
  • + 1
 I'm bummed. I wanted My M200s to last as long as my Shimano pedals but both buckles bent and had to be replaced, and large chunks of the soles tore around the cleat pocket. I don't think they like twisting out of the pedal. And now the forefoot mesh is splitting.

That being said, they probably have about 4000km on them, maybe more, in the 13 months or so since I bought them. But then again, Shimano. As hard as I wore them I still expected more and feel like I should be disappointed?
  • + 1
 I've got 2 pairs of the m200s in regular rotation. I noticed some some delamination of the soles around the cleat pockets on both pairs, but epoxied it back before anything tore out. Other than that, no complaints at all. Love the speed laces, real rubber soles, and ankle-protecting height on the inside. I'm lucky enough to be a perfect fit in 44s, but half sizes would be a great addition.
  • + 1
 Jesus...this article made me want to buy another pair of my AM45s....and apparently they have been discontinued and no vendors have my size in stock........FML God dammit
  • + 3
 Hey Shimano bring 1/2 sizes to the US
  • + 1
 Thoe bro you are the only person I have seen who has noticed this omission. I have been wearing Shimano shoes for years, always in the half size. I have sat in a store and tried a 44 (too small) and a 45 (too big). All the reviews won't say a word about it. Not cool to not offer half sizes. Time to switch to Mavic or Northwave or Specialized or whatever I can try on that fits.
  • + 1
 @jorukfundan: They make nice shoes but I wear a size 11 and its a 45.5. So I wear Five Ten Shoes.
  • + 1
 @thoe: I'm wearing Five Ten Shoes now. My old shimano clipless need shoes need replaced but I couldn't find half sizing. So I switched to flats.and the Five Tens. Hey flat pedals win medals. Ironically I'm on Shimano Saint pedals.
  • + 1
 @jorukfundan: thicker socks?
  • + 1
 @jaame: I have experimented with socks. If I could find a shop which had multiple shoe sizes in stock I would try some shoes on again because the sizing hasn't stayed exact over the years. In the days of riding road bikes it was necessary to have a perfect fit so I'm used to having a fit with no movement. A shoe that fit too big would become a good winter shoe with thicker socks. I'm just disappointed that Shimano opted to omit half sizes. I can't think of any other shoe company that has done that.
  • + 1
 @jorukfundan: I have tried that the problem lies in the fact that a 45 is to small and a 46 is to big they make a 45.5 you can get them overseas but not in the US market
  • + 1
 @thoe: Could you order them from overseas? Bike components?
  • + 1
 No way. 11.2 is perfect for me
  • - 1
 I tried the AM9's after the same kind of review. I found their construction to mimick plastic(ie CHEAP), they weren't anywhere near as flexible as five-tens, and weren't as comfortable.
I also have recently tried Specialized 2FO's, and have found the same thing-although these have the added touch of being uber slippery when trying gain traction off-bike. Not even in the same area code as five-tens. I don't know why these huge companies can't make a shoe that works as well as five-tens.
Five-Tens have always fit to size too, where the Shimanos run a size small, and the 2FO's required running up a size-and-a-half just to get enough width for my American feet( I wear size 10.5 in 'American' shoes)
  • + 3
 Good copy of mavic crossmax xl pro shoes.
  • + 1
 Got a pair to replace my M089s, which got a hole in the toe. They're great, super stiff, comfy, and noticeably less heel lift when hike-a-biking.
  • + 1
 Glad to read a positive review. I just bought a pair. REI has them in a different colorway as well. The blue is replaced with grey for a more subtle look.
  • + 3
 I want these shoes for flat pedals!!!
  • + 1
 I had the DX model from 2007 and they lasted me until 2016. Brilliant shoes. Got the AM45 now on sale for 50€. Hopefully these will last as well
  • + 2
 Thoughts on the "grip it and rip it" laces? That is my real hang up with these.
  • + 2
 Shimano always stands behind their products. I'm sure if you had any of these issues they would replace or refund your money.
  • + 1
 You can also replace those laces with tie laces if you'd rather. I have not had a problem with the speed laces yet and they have not slipped for me.
  • + 2
 Salomon has been using these laces on some of their trail running shoes for a while now, they are bomb. I have a 7 year old pair on right now that are all but falling off my feet, but the laces still look brand new.
  • + 1
 I have basically the same kind of thing on my Northwave Artic Commuter MTBs. I'm on my 3rd winter with these shoes and I think the lacing system is awesome.
  • + 1
 @sexyelephantonskis: the laces on my speedcross 3's went pretty quick. Was able to replace them though. Good thing as I love those shoes.
  • + 1
 I dig 'em. It's like a boa, without the big stupid clunky thing on the side like the Five Ten Kestrels have.
  • + 1
 On the SH-M200 I love em'
  • + 1
 They remind me of the lacing system on the Mavic AM shoes. I loved them until they snapped. Then it was all a pain. I'd rather have a more simple cinch system with regular laces.
  • + 1
 It's a great system. I have used it in my Salomon running shoes for years with no issue.
  • + 1
 @jeffsworks: Little late to the party bro
  • + 1
 Does the rubber around the clip contact the pedal like for the trail version of the XTR pedal? My current clipless shoes don't make use of the extra surface area.
  • + 1
 No, it doesn't!
Huge facepalm here.
They nailed everything except just that.
If you use them with Shimano XT trail pedal the blue supposedly "raised" bars next to cleats does nothing at all.
The funny thing with those pedals is that they include some spacers to raise the cleats if you want less contact with the shoes, too bad their own products fails with pedal to shoe contact...
  • + 1
 No half sizes Shimano. Dead on arrival. Switching to another brand now. No choice.
  • + 0
 I run these shoes. Very comfortable. My only complaint is the friction button for the small laces, creates a hot spot on the top of my foot.
  • - 2
 I have a couple issues with these new shoes.

1. They aren't offered in a wide version yet, or at least I can't find them yet. Cycling shoes are much narrower than normal shoes and I believe this is to save on weight. The outgoing SH-M200 is now offered in a wide version which is better for the majority of actual humans.

2. The advertised weight is for 1 shoe. The outgoing SH-M200 spec's the weight as a pair. As a pair the outgoing shoe is (762 gram size 40). The ME-7 is 910 grams (size 45).

3. You could pick up the outgoing shoe for under $100 in any size a couple weeks back. Now you gotta hunt for your size but they are as cheap as $50.
  • + 1
 Do anyone know if there is any Wide version of the me7 coming?
  • + 1
 Still dragging last few rides out my trusty m200, got the new me7 in box waiting Smile
  • + 1
 Love my ME7 - comfy, secure & that outsole compounds great on rock, roots and mud
  • + 2
 Competition for the Specialized 2fo clip lite?
  • + 1
 Just bought them and within the next days they will get tested!
Got them for €120,-Wink
  • + 1
 And just think you can probably get them for 40% off with a simple Google search
  • + 2
 I got free ones online
  • + 1
 Has anyone used both the Shimano ME7 and the Giro Terraduro? Curious to see how they compare.
  • + 4
 If you're talking about the ME7 vs. the 'regular' Terraduro, I'd say they're on par as far as comfort and sole stiffness goes, but I prefer the extended coverage over the ankle that the ME7s provide. The outsole is also a little grippier for hiking.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: is the cleat recessed enough down in the sole so that if i walk into a store it doesn't sound like a tap-dancer?
  • + 3
 I initially went for the Terraduro's but they're a really narrow fit and which didn't suit my foot. I read a decent amount of reviews on the Terraduro's which mentioned the sole delaminating from the shoe so I ended up going with the ME7's and couldn't be happier. Easily the best bit about them is the neoprene ankle cuff which keeps trail debris from falling in your shoe and I don't think I've had to empty a stick or rock since I bought them back in November. The speed lacing system works really well and I've never had issues with heel lift. I'm living in Vancouver right now and bought some Goretex socks to keep my feet dry so look into them as well.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: Do you remember what size Terraduro you used and what size ME7?
  • + 2
 @TheJD: I wore a size 45 in both. And @gtill9000, the ME7s aren't totally silent when walking on hard surfaces, but they're close - heads won't turn if you walk into a quiet coffee shop with them on.
  • + 1
 The Terraduro runs a hair smaller and is softer over time. On longer rides 30 miles plus they tend to hurt my feet a bit. They are also warm on hot days. On descending nothing beats them. The feel on the pedals is great. Giro has address the sole delaminating. I warranted mine and the new one held up perfect. The Shimano power transfer on the pedal is the best. They are not hot, well vented and seem very light. I feel like they should of made the rubber a little thicker on the sole area so you can feel the pedal more. You always feel like you're floating on the pedal while descending. Thats my biggest gripe. So for all day epics I grab my ME7s and for hot laps and cooler temps i grab the Giros .
  • + 1
 I started off with the Terraduros and instantly loved them. I did manage to break the plastic buckle insert and had to replace the whole buckle system which was way too expensive ($40 at cost) and the sole did delaminate on me eventually, but they lasted a good year and a half and were the most comfortable shoes I have worn. I started riding the ME7s at the beginning of this winter and instantly noticed their lack of water resistance. It took a few hikes in too to break them in, but now my feet do not slip out of the heels. These shoes are awesome summer shoes, but then again the Giros never felt too hot. I think I will go back to the Giros after these, but interested to see how long they last.
  • + 1
 Haha. I am just about to buy them so it's great to have a review here. Gonna read it now!
  • + 1
 Prefer my Mavic Crossmax boots. These look very similar and are about the same price.
  • + 2
 How do they compare to specialized 2fo cliplite?
  • + 0
 11/10 for pedaling, riding and comfort compared to my old 5.10 impact vxi clipless shoes but maybe a 3/10 for off the bike grip on rock. Not even close.
  • + 1
 Anyone run crank bros with these?

wondering how they will work with a pedal like the acid or mallet
  • + 0
 Works fine! I run these shoes with Candy 3's.
  • + 2
 I have been running mine with egg beaters, mallet dh and mallet E. I haven't had to modify the tread, or put in the cleat spacer. Seems to have no problems.
  • + 1
 Bares more than a passing resemblance to mavics Crossmax shoes
  • + 1
 i'm using shimano stella + lesath.
  • + 1
 Still waiting SRAM shoes and compared with this Big Grin
  • + 1
 Don't scrape these across a rock as they grate like cheese.
  • + 1
 Any idea how it compares in sizing to the ME5?
  • + 0
 I've always had good luck with Shimano shoes but these are the ugliest shoes I've ever seen.
  • + 1
 Looks like they just tweaked the M200 shoes a bit
  • - 2
 Shimano clones of the Mavic Crossmax XL shoes? Not necessarily a bad thing. I got some M200s over Christmas and I don't wear them because I'm in between sizes for Shimano, real shame since they're good shoes.
  • + 1
 I can feel the cleat bolts through the insole on mine..
  • + 0
 I would have been running these but am liking the cable systems. Thank you MAVIC
  • - 1
 Best shoes ever - I have the M200 and they are better than any Shimano shoes previously owned, and my Mavic shoes. Love these shoes!
  • + 1
 Ugly
  • + 0
 $200! That's way too much, and they don't look like they will last long
  • - 2
 I've run these shoes into the ground and you're just now doing a review of them? I must be on the absolute cutting edge, I guess.
  • - 3
 I live in northern Oregon. Not even in summer would those work for my area.
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