Shimano MW7 Shoes - Review

Feb 17, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Shimano MW7 shoe review

Shimano's MW7 shoes are aimed at riders who constantly find themselves battling foul weather, those hearty individuals who don't shy away from heading out for a ride in monsoon-like conditions.

To help keep the elements at bay the SPD-compatible MW7 uses a waterproof, insulated Gore-Tex liner in conjunction with a neoprene cuff that extends above the ankle. A drawstring-style speed lacing mechanism makes adjusting the fit a quick and easy process, and a velcro strap at the front of the ankle ensures that there's no unwanted heel lift. The entire lacing system is covered with a water resistant flap that fastens with velcro around the perimeter of the laces and around the neoprene cuff.
Shimano MW7 Details
• Waterproof, insulated GoreTex liner
• Fleece lined insole
• Speed lacing system
• SPD compatible
• Sizes: 38 - 48
• Weight: 538 grams (per shoe, size 45)
• MSRP: $250.00 USD / @shimano

The MW7's midsole uses Shimano's Torbal technology, which gives the shoe the ability to flex slightly around the heel while still retaining stiffness at the front of the foot. The thinking behind this design is that the flex creates a more comfortable, natural feel underfoot, especially during cornering and descending. Other details include a rubber outsole to provide traction for off-the-bike excursions, and a generous amount of room for cleat mounting, a plus for riders who prefer their cleats to be set further back. Sizes: 38 - 48. MSRP: $250 USD.

Shimano MW7 shoe review
A waterproof flap covers the speed-lacing system and a velcro ankle strap.
Shimano MW7 shoe review
With the hatches battened down it's extremely hard for water or mud to get into the shoe.

Shimano MW7 shoe review
There's plenty of room for cleat positioning, and a rubber sole provides traction for walking around off the bike.
Shimano MW7 shoe
The neoprene cuff acts as a deterrent to keep the shoes from filling with water.


Winters where I live typically involve copious amount of rain, the occasional snowstorm, and temperatures that fluctuate between just below freezing up to 50°F (10° C). In the past, I've toughed out plenty of wet rides by simply wearing thicker socks and dealing with the inevitable shoe and foot sogginess, but after spending the last few months wearing the MW7 shoes I'm not sure I'll be able to return to my old approach. There's just something about finishing a ride with dry and warm feet that's hard to give up.

Even on the wettest rides imaginable, days where the puddles were axle deep and the rain refused to let up, I'd return home with my feet completely dry, other than a ring of dampness around the top of my ankles where water soaked through the neoprene cuff. That's what the cuff is there for – to prevent water from making its way all the way into the shoe, and it did just that. As far as the fit goes, the MW7 shoes run true to size, but riders who are planning on venturing out into below-freezing temperatures will probably want to go up a size in order to leave room for thicker socks. My feet stayed warm in temperatures down to around 32° F (0° C), and didn't feel excessively warm as long as temperatures remained below 50° F (10° C), although if you regularly ride in Arctic conditions something with more insulation than the MW7 may be a better bet.

The MW7s fall in the middle of the road as far as stiffness goes – they're not as rigid as an XC race shoe, but they're still supportive enough that my feet stayed comfortable no matter how long I ventured out for. During the occasional off-bike excursions the rubber sole provided good traction for scrambling through patches of snow or over fallen trees, without any unexpected slipping or sliding. After more than three months of mucking around in the rain and mud there haven't been any durability issues, and a quick blast with the hose after a sloppy ride is all it takes to keep them looking relatively fresh. As an added bonus, as long as you pay attention to where you're spraying, the waterproof Gore-Tex liner means that you'll be stepping into dry shoes the next time you head out.

Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesFor riders in search of a shoe to keep their feet warm and dry during wet, sloppy rides in cooler temperatures, Shimano's MW7 is an ideal choice. Comfortable and waterproof without being overly heavy or bulky, the MW7 can help make those rainy rides much more enjoyable. - Mike Kazimer

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  • 77 7
 What the f is a °F?
  • 185 3
 Dunno, ask Kelvin...
  • 28 22
 i think its some form of hieroglyphic / ancient measurement of temperature only used by the canadians and Americans, its only legend so plz dont h8 ma
  • 16 2
 It would be nice if Pinkbike decide to throw an eye on that little flags next to ours nicknames..
  • 25 3
 look up
  • 14 2
 Props for an xkcd link!
  • 11 2
 same for weights... would be easy for the author to always state both pounds and kilograms and save us the trouble.
  • 56 2
 I love PB consequence in using different units, let's see:
- shoes, helmets, drivetrain weight in grams
- frame and bike weight in lbs
- frame/ fork travel in mm
- shock length and stroke in inches
- handlebar width in mm
- diameter in inches
- reviewer height in feet
- reviewer weight in lbs
  • 47 2
 @wolly96 - hey now, don't lump us in with those Fahrenheit using people. Canadians use celsius like the rest of you. When it's below freezing in Canada - which is most of the time - it's below 0. That simple. I admit we are rather confused about weights and distances though...
  • 3 2
 this shoes doesn't meant for tropical whether and aussies...
  • 5 0
 Ikubica, that's not pb that uses those different units it's the entire bike industry. In the US that's the exact way every bike,frame and component manufacturer does it ,at least for US consumers
  • 17 0
 Asked by the guy who likely knows the F a "stone" is. "Oy, I'd say it's about 5-6 stones". (said in a cockney accent)
  • 26 2
 Who in Canada uses Fahrenheit? Have you even been to Canada?
  • 6 1
 XKCD on PB? Inconceivable, but awesome!
  • 5 5
 You can add to that list that they give us the top tube lengths on downhill bikes instead of the reach. I dont think anyone still uses that, since it is a very inaccurate guess about the length when youre standing on your bike. I think they actually had an article over 5 years ago that the reach is the new way to measure the front end of your bike and the top tube length is outdated.

I love Pinkbike, it has great articles and everything. But I agree they should do measurements in both American and RestOfTheWorld instead of only American. Half their readers have no clue what they are talking about.

Thank god at least the angles are the same in the USA Smile
  • 5 20
flag kleinblake (Feb 17, 2016 at 5:53) (Below Threshold)
 As an American I'd be all about switching to the metric system but farenheight is more practical for day to day applications
  • 26 1
 I don't know about that, who arbitrarily decided that it was important to know when a salt water solution would freeze, and assigned a zero fahrenheit value to that. Celsius is nice, watch:
-10 - 0 = cold but not too cold
0 - 10 = still sweater weather but getting nicer
10 - 20 = perfect mountain biking weather
20 - 30 = beach weather
Boom, and you're done.
  • 5 1
 I would disagree on you what you call cold and "not too cold". But you're canadian so I understand. Here in the Netherlands it is rare for the temperature to drop to -10 Celsius. This winter the coldest we had here was -4 C in the night. And that was very freaking cold if you ask me haha.
  • 5 9
flag kleinblake (Feb 17, 2016 at 6:31) (Below Threshold)
 Farenheight 0-100 is basically "I'll stay alive if I'm prepared." And for Celsius that range is much smaller with much for differentiation degree to degree
  • 1 2
 Is there a worse offender in the world of weights and measures than MBAction?
They either have some sort of 'Merican aversion to the metric system, or do not understand it.
  • 2 3
 Agreed, I'm English not British. I feel totally offended, come on PB. All the rest have there own!! Scots, Welsh, and Irish!!! Or is this a racism issue loooool
  • 2 1
 I find Farenheit the least bad of the non-metric scales. At least you just have to memorize a couple of temperatures 0=F... cold, 32=coldish, 100=F... hot. What gets me is having to figure out how many fluid oz. are there to a gallon, yards to a mile, etc.
  • 5 4
 It is a measure of temperature that was not imposed by French commies.
  • 21 3
 You guys are funny. I've added in the Celcius conversion to save everyone the oh-so-difficult effort of using Google to figure out the difference between Fahrenheit and Celcius.
  • 3 3
 Better do a bit of research before posting wolly96.
  • 2 0
 Nice work @mikekazimer. You saved your readers a ton of time by doing the conversion for us. That's customer service!
  • 2 0
 I'm still holding out for a degrees Rankine standard...
  • 3 0
 And you all forget that the actual SI standard is Kelvin. So use Kelvins, you commies.
  • 20 1
 i wish there was a flats version of these. i have 2 buds with these and they love them.
  • 6 11
flag Mattin (Feb 17, 2016 at 5:48) (Below Threshold)
 +1 for flat versions. Also please less ugly. And at 1/3rd of the price..
  • 21 0
 @Mattin so, not these shoes? hahaha.
  • 3 1
 You get my point haha. Would be nice to have some weather prove shoes. They probably excist, I just don't have them yet.
  • 2 2
 I'd hate to see shimano shoot themselves in the foot attempting at making a flat pedal shoe close to as good as a 5 10 impact.
  • 4 0
 A waterproof, insulated winter flat pedal shoe would be a dream come true! Please, Shimano, make a flat pedal version!!!! Heck, just put a screw-in plug to cover the SPD hole, and I'd probably buy them- even with the bigger sole lugs. There needs to be a winter flat pedal solution.
  • 2 0
 Waterproof socks is the answer, and yes, they do work.
  • 1 0
 Yeah I've heard good stories about waterproof socks. Still waterproof shoes wouldn't be a bad idea eather, all in all it should be more effective against temperature drops.
  • 2 0
 @Mattin the sealskin medium wt. waterproof socks are plenty warm, almost too warm.
  • 1 0
 Yeah I have 3 different weights of the sealskin socks. They are awesome, been wearing them for years.
I've been using the middleweight ones lately here in Colorado, several rides were like 15-18 degrees f. thats like -9 or -8c. (right)? Just using my my regular shoes fizik m5's, or some old mavic mantras, and I stay warm.
Face was cold, wore a facemask. I may have gotten them at ChainReaction, they are tough to find.
You can use them for climbing and hiking too. Makes more sense for me than getting insulated boots.
  • 5 0
 Kudos to Shimano for going back to rubber soles on the MW7s. I've got the MW80 version with rubber soles, but they went to plastic on the MW81s, and there's nothing worse than trying to walk on wet rocks and roots with plastic soles. The speed lace system is also a nice addition, it works great on the M200s. I wore my MW80s (with chemical toes heaters) on a -8C/18F two hour ride Tuesday without a problem.
  • 3 0
 Agreed, the plastic soles on my MW81s make the shoes almost worthless. It's a great shoe but living in a place with lots of hike a bikes and stream crossings walking is nearly impossible. I have toppled into more than one river just trying to walk across rocks that would have been perfectly fine with any other shoe.
  • 4 0
 These winter/waterproof shoes seem to do the trick. Just always so hard to make yourself lay down that many bucks for a pair of shoes. Also see for a comparative review of more options.
  • 4 0
 I purchased these about 2 weeks (14 days) ago. I have used them 3 times now. once in 30F (-1C) and my toes were fine, feet dry with normal socks.

Then I rode in 18-22F (-7-5 C) and my toes started to get cold in about 55 minutes ( or 3300 seconds) Smile

But my toes NEVER got to the point where they got numb and I had to stop. My other shoes which are Teva Pivots, in the same weather would get numb after 25 minutes with 2 socks. To the point I had to stop my ride.

Got these for the winter and wet slop. I havent walked in water yet so I dont know how well it is in keeping my feet dry but in terms of the occasional splash it did fine.

I also purchased from for $160
  • 7 1
 Nowt wrong with a bin bag taped over yer shoes lads!
  • 2 0
 I have the older MW81 version.
It is an amazing piece of kit for fall riding here in Québec. My experience is that it is great between 10C and -10C (actually, -10C might be pushing it, YMMV). Below -10C, it can also work, but for short rides only.

However, they are not very well suited for true winter riding. For that, I believe 45North have better products, but I don't have first hand experience with them...
  • 2 0
 My AM41s are starting to fall apart after just 2,5 seasons (with a lot of no-riding spells - el niño year, hurt forearm, newborn baby…), so I'd be wary of getting shimano shoes again.

Thinking of Specialized, 2FO,s… Any other suggestions?
  • 2 0
 Same thing.
  • 1 3
 Anything as long as you don't buy/support Specialized.
  • 2 0
 Too late, I'm on my second Spesh bike. Smile
  • 2 0
 Great shoes for upper 20's to 50 degree riding as stated. I ran waterproof socks in shoes forever that would always eventually fill with water. Been on these for a few months and only experienced a little but of water in shoe want from crossing stream higher than cuff. With a medium weight wool sock, feet stay warm when really wet and cold out regardless. Fit is great with roomy toe box with thicker socks and still able to wiggle feet/toes. I thought these would feel too "XC'ish" while descending and too heavy feeling when pedaling compared my my much lighter skate style shoes (Teva Pivots), but so far after a few months of use they are very comfortable to ride in up and down the ripping descents. Yes, very pricey, but definitely worth it for the year-round mtb'er in wet/cold climates at times. I got mine for $185 on sale locally (with 10% store credit) and have got my money's worth with these already. Can ride longer over wet terrain, cooler conditions because of these shoes. So, worth it just for that!
  • 9 3
 250 bucks for a shoe?
  • 92 1
 Don't worry, you get two!
  • 5 11
flag Bigbike99 (Feb 17, 2016 at 0:31) (Below Threshold)
 you know what i meant... Wink
  • 18 1
 Don't explain yourself. The pun was perfect. Big Grin
  • 2 1
 I bough these for $320 CND at Mec. I've tried Gore Tex booties, plastic bags (multiple, layered with socks), insulation, duct tape, tin foil, thick socks, you name it. These shoes certainly beat any of those experiments, and any regular non-winter shoe I've tried (which are dozens). But for $320 they still aren't warm enough. It's really just the toes that take the brunt of the cold. I would expect the shoe, especially in the toe, to allow at least a 3 hr ride in extreme cold. On a really cold day, I can start to feel the cold in the toes after an hour; two hours in and there's more heat loss and a greater feeling of cold. I would also expect Shimano to offer the shoe in their brilliant wide last, which they don't, and to provide a stiffer sole. Having said all that, they enabled me to never fear a really bad, cold day. I recommend them.
  • 1 1
 You cannot replace the cleat backing plate as you could on any shimano shoe since the inside of of the shoe is lined with gore-tex. The backing plate that comes with the shoe has shallow bolt receptacles; you cannot exchange them with the long receptacle versions.
  • 3 1
 Check out some of the 45* North boots. They are a bit more expensive (depending on the model) but a lot of guys swear by them at my LBS when it comes to winter riding
  • 1 2
 If the shoe was warm enough to keep your toes warm in extreme cold than in warmer weather your feet would sweat to no extent and your feet would be very wet than. @trundle
  • 2 1
 #sealskinz over a pair of socks, toastie for days
  • 1 0
 Thats why you wouldnt wear them in warm weather. Even these are not designed for warm weather.
  • 1 0
 MEC has Columbia winter book s for under 200$ . I use these to keep my feet warm and toasty all winter.
only gum boots will keep your feet dry in torrential rain.
  • 2 0
 Gum boots ha ha ha,my nana used to go to market in gum boots. Ha ha
  • 1 0
 Thank goodness for the MEC return policy! I sent mine back. Feet were going cold after 30 -45 minutes in temps right around zero. Not a winter boot in my opinion. For that kinda cash, these boots failed to meet my expectations.
  • 1 0
 I've found your choice of sock makes a difference. bowness8, what kind of sock were you wearing. I agree to an extent, for $320 you should be able to wear a dress sock and still be warm. I imagine the fit plays a factor as well. If your big toe rubs the interior extent of the toe box, you're going to get thermal bridging (heat loss - your toe transfers heat through the material then into the atmosphere). The air space - space between your toes and the toebox's 'wall' provides insulation. Mec will take anything back if you're not satisfied, they're awsome.
  • 4 0
 Bought for 160 Euros online. Being a southern Europe dude who's riding in Ireland, I can say they worth the price!
  • 1 0
 I can imagine some rainy days in Ireland :-)
How do they perform when going under water, during rivercrossings..
Does the cuff do the magic? or is it more like splash proof?
  • 1 0
 Yeah mate, kind of wet trails around here :-)
I am using since the beginning of January, so far they are doing pretty good, deep puddles included. I was a little bit scared about clip holes, bit they are waterproof. No water entering from the cuff, lets see after at least 1 year use.
  • 2 0
 Been using them since beginning January? You're in Ireland, you'll still be using them in August...
  • 3 0
 I bought last December, but believe me I wanted to have those since September ;-)
  • 12 1
 I'm just gonna whack some Stans milk in my five tens and see where that gets me Smile
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat lmao. probably no where. just a different kind of soggy.
  • 1 0
  • 4 0
 @sewer-rat you'll get some custom made foot like condoms
  • 1 0
 You still need GoreTex socks. Waterproof shoes do help but wont keep you totally dry if its really pouring.. Neither will waterproof socks alone but they do pretty well with regular shoes Truth be told I was skeptical of Shimano shoes, then I though Mavic makes some pretty good shoes so what the fuck. They actually are pretty decent compared to the rest of the Asian made shoes.
  • 1 0
 I've been using daiwa neoprene chest waders for a couple of seasons now and totally dry.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer - The cleat area seems to be similar to the SH-M200, but it's a little hard to tell. Do you know if the cleats go as far rearward as the M200's? I'm running the cleats in my M200's and 2FO clip slammed to the back and it feels so much better on my ankles.
  • 1 0
 @megrim - I don't have a pair of M200s on hand to check, but I think it should be similar - Shimano's trail shoes all have an extended cleat position range. Even in the cleat position pictured, there was still room to slide them even further back.
  • 1 0
 You guys are a bunch of ADHD kids with internet access. Poor Mods. There is really only the UK and the US on Imperial, the rest of the Planet is Metric. Even the British Science Community changed to Metric but interestingly enough adopted American spelling for common Medical and Science terminology. Paediatrics vs Pediatrics, etc....
  • 4 0
 All I can afford to keep my feet dry is duct tape... Frown
  • 3 1
 I have Specialized Defrosters and they're awesome when it comes to riding in wet and cold weather. Buy them once and you'll never come back to ghetto solutions.
  • 2 1
 Totally Agree...Defroster is a way nicer shoe!
  • 12 3
 But then you have to own something that says Specialized on it...
  • 1 2
 @ratedgg13 unfortunately that's true but when I bought mine there was no alternative to them. I think that Specialized makes one of the best MTB shoes but the price if f*king ridiculous. At least in Poland.
  • 5 3
 But it's Specialized. I refuse to buy their stuff and finance their lawsuits against innocent small rider owned companies. Wouldn't be surprised if their shoes are copies of those from a small rider owned company as well. The only things those greedy bastards seem to do is copy other people their stuff and sue other companies. They are NOT innovative, they are only terrorizing the cycling industry. Real innovation comes from small rider owned companies.
  • 14 0
 Great now they're going to sue my car because it has a defroster
  • 2 0
 BTW: when I commented on "The big question is: are you going to be sued before or after buying this Specialized product?" I got so much neg props. You gotta love PB's users Smile
  • 2 0
 I have to say that all your jacket review with picks or riders in standard shoes made me laugh. You've finally seen the light. Dry feet are the #1 priority.
  • 3 0
 Gents forgive me for my ignorance on this but are there any shoes like this in the flat pedal category?
  • 1 1
 I have these and had a pretty disagreeing experience with them. Specifically in pissing rain. I was riding road in the rain and the spray off of my wheel was going right down my winter bibs and went down into the shoe. I ended my ride with two shoes full of water. Needless to say, there are about a dozen things that I could have done to prevent that from happening, fenders, rain pants, etc. But when they say waterproof, no water gets in or out.
  • 6 3
 they look like corrective shoes for people born with deformities.
  • 3 1
 Can't beat Mavic Crossmax shoes.
  • 2 0
 Why are Shimano shoes so damn ugly?
  • 2 0
 Sofaking ugly
  • 1 0
 I've never ended a ride with dry feet.
  • 1 0
 just buy sealskin WP socks .worked this one out years ago
  • 1 0
 $250 usd???!??!? Not a chance I'd even try on a shoe for $350 Canadian
  • 2 1
 I miss my AM41
  • 13 0
 I Miss my m4a1.
  • 3 0
 Just hope it isn't clipless....

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