Suplest Announces First Flat Pedal Shoe

Nov 7, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot wears the brand's cross-country clipless shoes, but they haven't had a flat pedal offering before now.


PRESS RELEASE: Suplest

We are launching our first technical flat pedal shoe. From December 20, 2019 it will be available at select retailers and online at suplest.ch


OFFROAD PRO – FLAT PEDAL

Performance meets style. The new Flat Pedal Pro is the first Flat Pedal shoe in our suplest family. It combines the performance of the Racing models with the comfort of the Offroad shoes. All suplest features are integrated in the Flat Pedal Pro. The upper material is a resistant, thin fabric for rough terrain. Thanks to the ANATOMICWRAP tongue construction, the shoe fits smoothly around the foot and the Boa® L6 closure allows a perfect adjustment. Inside is the technical SOLESTAR cycling insole. A robust toe cap and the crank protector provide optimal protection for the rider. The gripping "BEAR PAW 5" sole made of SUPtraction rubber compound provides first-class grip on the pedal and in the terrain. The variable Dot-profile was developed for the best possible balance between traction and durability of Flat Pedals – when walking in the terrain and without ever giving up grip on the pedal.


Details:

• Boa® L6 closure system for a quick, precise adjustment
• Sizes: 36 - 47
• Colours: black-fir green / black-red plum
• Upper: Resistant Fabric with Non-Saw and Heel Pad
• Closure: Boa® L6
• Insole: SOLESTAR Insole
• Outsole: BEAR PAW 5 – Flat Pedal outsole Rubber from SUPtraction
• Retail Price: 169 Euro / 199 CHF
• Learn more at suplest.ch.








129 Comments

  • 119 12
 I think the nurses at the senior care facility will find these very attractive!
  • 48 4
 Jokes on you. I wear Five Ten Freeriders as my nursing shoes and used District Flats before that. They're "fluid" resistant
  • 70 1
 @Gravity-Fiend: jokes on me yes, but the pee is on your feet!
  • 18 0
 @Bomadics: dude it's so bad. The fecal matter is far far far worse
  • 5 1
 Pretty sure I saw these at preschool when i dropped my kids off
  • 12 0
 So I can just pee on my feet while mountain biking? Sweet.
  • 3 2
 @Gravity-Fiend: too bad soles come off or break in 2 just after 3 months...
  • 6 2
 @Bomadics: when I was in nepal my guide paid for me to use a restroom before getting on a 12 hour bus ride. It was the only urinal I saw the whole time. Started to pee in it, and then halfway through noticed it was just draining all my pee onto my boots....dont pay for restrooms in nepal....pee in the dirt....
  • 10 0
 And the seniors can enjoy the mobility scooter the guy is riding in the last photo
  • 7 2
 I actually like the look and I'm not a nurse.
  • 8 8
 so people are in here talking about how ugly they are and my comment about anybody paying those kind of ridiculous prices for shoes to MTB in that only cost a bare fraction to produce in some overseas factory gets deleted?
  • 2 1
 At least it's cheap and chicks will dig it.
  • 2 0
 I love how the laces go across the foot. Best pair of basketball shoes I ever had were a pair of New Balance that did that. I love how my 5-10's perform, but these look really good.
  • 4 0
 @PtDiddy: If peeing on your feet while mountain biking is cool then I'm Miles Davis.
  • 3 2
 @Gravity-Fiend: I'd have to disagree... In my experience, I've found Five Ten Free-riders exceptionally at finding any fluids and soaking up better than bounty! Worst shoes for any kind of fluid resistance ever. Oh man, I can't think of a worse shoe for walking in for 8 to 12 hours in row, probably one of the least comfortable options out there. That stiff unforgiving sole, horrible padding and shock abortion. I recommend switching shoes before you ruin your body... and pretty much anything else will have better fluid resistance.
  • 1 0
 @gravity-fiend massive respect for doing the work you do.
  • 1 0
 @Skalloo: That is what I was wondering. Thanks for the feedback
  • 2 1
 Holy fuck people like you are the reason we have to deal with shoes shaped like triangles, these are not foot shaped, no one's big toe is in the middle. It's a riding shoe FFS. So much fucking vanity in this country.
  • 1 0
 @TheUnknownMTBR: Not deleted, downvoted
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: no, it’s completely removed including the comment replies and was getting upvoted, which is probably why. As far as DVs go, I have no illusions about fitting in around here or being part of the clique. Forgive me if I take pride in it even. Smile
  • 1 0
 @TheUnknownMTBR: For the construction, materials, and BOA that are in that shoe, that is a reasonable price. Don't try to argue me on this unless you have a ton of years working in the shoe industry to back your side up.
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: there won’t be any trying. We’ll either argue about it or not. However I’m not going to argue about it simply because I don’t have to care about these ugly, overpriced shoes. Have a nice day.
  • 84 0
 Pinkbikers: I wish they made Boa flat pedal shoes, I would buy that
Suplest: Makes modern Boa Flat pedal shoes
Pinkbikers: They're hideous, so ugly

I actually like the look of the shoe, I think they just missed the mark on the colorway. As always, the rubber compound will make or break these.
  • 5 0
 Yeah not to mention they always look different in use than in awkward product photos.
  • 7 55
flag crazy9 (Nov 7, 2019 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 @SlopeStyleDrew: still look totally gay on or off a person.
  • 6 36
flag crazy9 (Nov 7, 2019 at 17:22) (Below Threshold)
 But they do
  • 7 0
 @Rastis1 That's why no product manager should read PB comment section EVER!
  • 8 0
 every single comment thread there's someone expressing how they can't wrap their mind around the fact that different people think different things.
  • 5 0
 @crazy9: Crazy9, because you're like 9 years old with a comment like that?
  • 5 0
 The angle side profile on the website looks a lot better than these on blank white. All I want are 5-10 FreeRide Pros with the Kestral pro Boa. How long will it take for that to happen as there has to be thousands that would like that idea.
  • 1 0
 @Doogie711: Agreed. 5-10 really need to catch a wake up on the flat pedal shoe. At least a velcro cover for the freakin' laces would be a start.
  • 1 0
 speaking of rubber compoud, how can anyone ride flats with shimano shoes or giro shoes? ive felt the vibram soles and like, theyre maybe a step above riding in regular old vans, but no where near the grip of 5.10's. i dont even ride flats anymore, but i still buy 5.10 just in case of getting unclipped, i feel the rubber willl still keep grip; and i ride time ATAC MX8'S, so ya know, not exactly a great platform for when unclipped.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: Ok, my opinion expressed in a more p.c. way, those shoes look hideous whether they work well or not.
Strange though I hear people use 'totally gay' all the time.
  • 46 1
 Looks good to me. Inner ankle protection plus BOA system and modern upper construction. Finally a flat pedal shoe that doesn't look like something I would have worn to high school in the 90's.
  • 22 4
 The BOA system is a good add. We can do better than laces with a flat shoe.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: no doubt!
  • 14 1
 I thought we all wanted to be in the 90s again.
  • 11 0
 FINALLY!!!! Its nearly 2020 and we just finally got a flat show with a BOA system!!! I have been waiting so long to ditch laces. Wish 5.10 would do the same.
  • 3 1
 @Rabbuit: Whats the issue with laces?
  • 7 1
 @VPS13: well, multiple problems, 1) they suck, 2) with my 5.10s you pull the laces tight and the only tighten the top two runs 3) it’s 2019 let’s move on from laces 4) I’m too busy to bend over and have to tie a knot/loop 5) they (laces) could get stuck in my chainring and it will suck my foot into the crank and chew my bones up 6) sometimes my shoe laces look like a session.
  • 1 0
 Finally was 2 summer seasons ago when the Moab Tech was released Wink
  • 2 1
 @Rabbuit: what's wrong with the one specialized is offering?
  • 1 0
 @Sethimus: Specialized have a flat pedal shoe with BOA? Hit me up with a link!
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: Haha, holy shite! Thanks bro, never ever seen that before, gunna do some research! Smile
  • 21 0
 I would take that BOA thing all day long over just laces. Especially the 8ft of laces Five Ten's come with sometimes.
  • 4 0
 Five Ten laces damn near killed me (hyperbole) when I was riding at Silver Star and they wrapped around my pedal spindle... I am very interested in these shoes
  • 13 0
 @src248: Sounds like a free upgrade to clips.
  • 1 0
 @src248: that unmistakable tug of a wrapped crank!
  • 18 0
 Marketing with a bmc e-bike. Bold move for a pinkbike press release.
  • 3 0
 Subliminal messaging!
  • 9 0
 Shoes for when you absolutely need to put out 20 watts...
  • 10 0
 If these have 5.10 level grip and a more precise fit, sign me up. If they last more than a few months before the soles get all flexy they'll be the best thing since Freeriders!!
  • 10 1
 It is sooooo funny. Those look like they could be the best flat shoe in the world at the moment...but people still have to complain Smile
  • 7 1
 For that money they need to be the best flat shoes in the damn GALAXY
  • 8 4
 But are they better than my Etnies?

I'm finding it humourous how do many riders are coming back off clips and praising how they can corner so well now with one foot down, but can no longer ride jumps as they can't keep their feet on the pedals...

Clips seem to have done nothing but encourage poor technique for the everyday average joe rider, meanwhile I never stopped using flats.
  • 3 2
 Just don’t say that to your clipped friends.
  • 1 0
 @ctd07 "Clips seem to have done nothing but encourage poor technique" yeah tell that to Loic...
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: yeh read the full sentence you knobber, you literally just edited out the part that goes against your comment.
  • 1 0
 Poor technique if you're riding slopestyle courses and hitting the dirt jump park. Clipless pedals have their place. I've started riding flats to learn more about good technique in the air, but I'll take my clipless pedals for every sufferfest, bikepacking, or trail ride over 2 hrs.
  • 5 0
 I've asked for these in so many comment threads I think I'm obligated to buy them
  • 2 0
 Adding: even though I absolutely hate the colors
  • 2 0
 Very expensive, I might buy them eventually. Hopefully other brands will follow suit, and they won't be such a niche item. They're pretty much what I want. Just what I need is to pay 250$ for off brand shoes, and have them fall apart.
  • 1 0
 They are following what VAUDE did a year ago or more with the Moab Tech. Rubber is good, boa is nice too which is why it is my go to BMX race shoe. Price is the same but I am sure you can already find them discounted online.
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: How's the rubber against 5.10s?
  • 1 0
 @vid1998: SUP traction is really good, particularly when cold in my opinion. When it gets really warm (over 35) if find the rubber becomes a bit soft and you are slightly less locked in (as in you can replace your foot on the pedal without having to fully lift your foot. It might also be the case with 5.10 rubber but I don't have as much experience with it so I am not sure how temperature sensitive it is and can't compare. In normal temperatures it is pretty much the same.
  • 3 0
 These Vaude use Boa, I have a pair. Bloody great. www.vaude.com/en-GB/Products/Shoes/Bike-Shoes/AM-Moab-Tech?number=204803340360 (got them much cheaper than the advertised price)
  • 3 0
 i am very curious when this very expensive nuclear tech of making waterproof products , will finally enter the shoe's industry...169€....ok next...
  • 2 0
 I am digging the BOA, IMHO I think they provide a better closure. The style looks good, The colors not so sure but the rubber is the key here ! If 510 make the high impact with BOA I buy the in a second.
  • 2 0
 From experience that rubber is easily on par with 5.10 with maybe better durability. I use it on my Moab Tech from VAUDE from BMX racing. And it has the BOA which is great.
  • 4 0
 I've been asking for a Boa flat pedal shoe for years now. These can't come out soon enough.
  • 1 0
 VAUDE Moab Tech have been out for more than a year now, Boa, Sup Traction, and eco-friendly.
  • 6 2
 Judging by the picture at the bottom, they are actually an e-bike shoe, which makes them lame no matter what! Lol.
  • 1 0
 Oh wahhhhh, they aren’t the right color!

Since when did that matter, like I got time to be looking at my feet ... and I’d no sooner look at another guy’s dingus then give a crap about his shoes!!!

If they fit, they’re stiff, and at least as sticky as RC, that might be a decent shoe.

Laces suck on a bike, stoopid!
  • 8 4
 U.G.L.Y. these shoes don't have no alibi.
  • 7 4
 Why do you need BOA on a flat?

Give me laces and a velcro strap all day, every day.

Nonetheless, good luck to you guys!
  • 6 0
 Because shoes get loose as you ride, even if you tighten them as hard as you can. Having Boa allows the rider to simply reach down and turn a dial. Laces would require untying and re-tying the shoe entirely.
  • 2 0
 @seraph: Hence the velcro strap though...

I ride laces / velcro on flats as well as SPD's now (2 different shoes Ride Concepts - Wildcat / Giro - Chamber). Never once have they loosened to the point that they need to be retied.
  • 1 0
 @Jaguar83: That must be nice. Wish mine did that. Since they don't I'm pretty stoked on these!
  • 2 0
 @Jaguar83: Velcro has nothing on a system like Boa when it comes to tightening and staying tight. I'll take micro adjustment any day over "eh, seems tight enough".
  • 1 0
 @dolface: What shoe?
  • 1 0
 @Jaguar83: Wildcats with Butterfly lacing and Ian's Secure knot: www.fieggen.com/shoelace/secureknot.htm
  • 1 0
 @dolface: Interesting - haven't had issues with mine...
  • 2 0
 @Jaguar83: It's not a huge deal, and the shoes are great otherwise, but the Boa is pretty attractive to me.
  • 1 0
 @dolface: No doubt. Hope you find something that works for you long term! Catch ya out on the trails.
  • 1 0
 @Jaguar83: The way the cycling industry segments their pricing, you'll never get a high performance shoe with high quality materials, good rubber, and innovative design with velcro. Don't need that stuff? Want a cheaper shoe? Velcro is here to stay. Velcro functions well for what it is (a cheap, quick fastener), but fails in the mud, wears out with consistent use, and can't be finely tuned the way a buckle or Boa can. Its like the dropper post debate. Why pay more to adjust on the fly when you can stop to unclamp and slam your seat for the downhill? Because you don't realize how much you'll use it until you have it.

You don't NEED Boa dials to ride a bicycle (flats or clipless), but that doesn't mean it doesn't have advantages.
  • 1 0
 @BsampSy: No doubt. Velcro works for me (and many others) - glad others have BOA (I actually work right across the S Platte River in Denver from them) for their needs.
  • 3 0
 HOLY-flat pedal shoes with BOA- Not sure on the brand- but if someone life 510 did this I'd be all over it!
  • 2 0
 I’m intrigued. Not my first choice in sole color but I could live with the green. Might give them a shot if they get some positive real world reviews.
  • 2 0
 Finally! I have no clues about quality, however boa feature is a hard YES; can’t stand 10 feet laces on 510 that trying to be chewed by chainring
  • 5 0
 Do you not just tuck the excess lace back into the tensioned part of the lace? Seems to work well and is a $0 solution ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: Boa does eliminate this issue, also 5:10 have really long laces - so it kinda pita to put excess lace back
  • 4 1
 Flat Pedal Peo- a Suplest x Crocs collab.
  • 5 1
 What are those!
  • 6 1
 I think those are shoes, but I am not so sure.
  • 3 0
 The POC's of the shoe world. I like 'em.
  • 1 0
 No wide option.... sucks having wide feet! No one makes them, always having to make do with the biggest standard foot designs.
  • 2 0
 Vans......... Are you watching along..? You are 10 years over due with a good flat pedal shoe.
  • 1 2
 it never cease to amaze me that people who are PAID to design something that is functional seem to totally miss the aesthetics ..

I would rather have a cold wet foot in a pair of old Vans than bee seen wearing that ( or put seal skiz on to keep out the cold and wet ) massive fail in my opinion or maybe they are expecting an upturn in the over 60's market
  • 1 0
 Given the marketing images, these seem catered toward e-bike riders. Riders who prefer comfort, want some performance, and don't care for the floppy skate shoes worn by everyone who cares about aesthetics. Asymmetrical throat? Weather resistant upper? If the shape fits my foot, I'm down to give them a shot.
  • 1 0
 I wonder how heavy they are. I’d like to try a pair. The rubber will likely be the make or break for this shoe.
  • 1 0
 I've been looking for something like this for a long time, stoked to try them out!
  • 3 1
 When a roadie had a go at designing a Mtb flat shoe! No thank you!
  • 1 0
 A sales rep came by with these shoes in my shop. They suck bigtime, the sole is as hard as a spd shoe.
  • 1 0
 Like the rubber is too hard or the shank is too stiff?
  • 1 0
 Damn, that’s a lot of comments for a shoe announcement.

Like em or hate em, you gotta admit they got people talking!
  • 1 0
 Makes sense. These are exactly the type of shoes I'd expect able-bodied e-bikers to wear.
  • 1 0
 What???, no laces? nice to see this type of shoe with a different( and better) closure system.
  • 2 0
 Hmmmm
  • 1 0
 Sizing stops at 47... sad face.
  • 2 0
 No high tops? Bruh
  • 1 0
 At last. No more shoelaces :-)
  • 1 0
 Finally...finally...take my money
  • 1 0
 Finally, a BOA flat pedal shoe. Why did it take so long?
  • 5 5
 The BOA thingy seems very exposed. I don't like that.
  • 1 4
 That was my first thought, it seems way too easy to snag.
  • 10 1
 yeah, i'll stick with shoe laces, because there's no way those can get caught in my chain or get snagged by branches...
  • 2 0
 @uberstein: Maybe learn to tie your shoes? I for one was not comparing it to shoelaces. Shoelaces aren't typically protruding from the side of the shoe like this, which is a common place to get shredded in a lot of impacts (I have ripped buckles in this location off before). From an ergonomic standpoint, the location of the dial makes sense. I however can imagine it getting ripped right off during a crash. It seems to me this would not be a desirable feature of a shoe style that is often used in more loose styles of riding. If they have thoroughly tested this and it's all gray, more power to them. At a glance it doesn't inspire confidence.
- A professional industrial designer
  • 2 0
 @man-wolf: "I however can imagine it getting ripped right off during a crash"

My experience exactly! The dials and laces are replaceable, but the body/mounting post is stitched into the shoe, and that's the bit that gets ripped apart as the metal screw that holds everything together is pulled out of it...
  • 2 0
 @man-wolf: I agree that the location of the dial would prove to be in an exposed position "in-use." I wonder if a lace system similar to what Salomon use with their XA series of shoes would work better.

I personally have not been happy with any of the BOA closures I have had in the many iterations of footwear that I have owned: running shoes, hiking shoes, snowboard boots, road cycling shoes. It seems that having too many plastic guides where the laces have to make a 180 degree route adds noticeable friction in that the laces farthest from the dial are too loose and the laces closest to the dial are too tight.

Many shoe designs that continue to use the BOA system have mitigated that somewhat by doing minimal lace crossovers (like this shoe) or have 2 BOA systems (i.e. upper and lower) to close the shoe.


My low-tech approach to my flat pedal shoes with laces is to just use a rubber o-ring and lace it somewhere on the middle of the tongue of the shoe and then bundle the remaining shoe laces with that o-ring after I've tied my shoes.
  • 1 0
 They look slick
  • 1 1
 BOA is for retards too stupid to figure out Velcro.
  • 1 0
 Kill it with fire!
  • 1 0
 good luck with those.
  • 1 1
 They’re fugly
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