Video: Greg Watts and the Straits Show Off Ride Concepts' Freeride Focussed Vice Flat Pedal Shoes

Jun 16, 2020
by Ride Concepts  

PRESS RELEASE: Ride Concepts


The dirt can have a powerful grip on the mind, like an addiction manifesting itself until all other thought is pushed away.

Developed with Kyle Strait and our dirt jump, slopestyle and BMX athletes, Vice fills the void for a technical bike shoe for men, women and youth with unrivaled pedal feel and compliance- the everyday accomplice to your obsessions.

With numerous Crankworx and Red Bull Rampage championships across his dominating career in mountain biking, Kyle Strait needs little introduction. Few riders possess the vast skills required to dominate so many disciplines in the sport. We are proud to collaborate with Kyle on his signature Vice color. Influenced by his Strait Acres training compound in Southern California, Kyle’s shoe embodies his vices; riding every day, whether it's dirt jumps, slalom, downhill or pump track, and doing it with style.

Strait Signature Black/Gum


Yeah, we know. It "looks like a skate shoe." But we wanted a modern, casual shoe that didn't compromise on useful features, pedal feel and durability. So we started by developing the RC Fuzion outsole- an inverse hexagon pattern designed to bring the pedal closer to the rider.

Sloped-angle inverse hexagons, varying in diameter from 9mm at the toe and heel to 7mm at the pedal contact area, allow the pedal to “inject” into the outsole for unrivaled sensitivity. Combined with our Rubber Kinetics DST 6.0 HIGH Grip rubber, the optimum balance of grip and durability is achieved.

Knowing your vices brings you closer to your obsession.
Accepting them makes you invincible.

• RC Fuzion outsole features sloped-angle inverse hexagons, varying in diameter from 9mm at the toe and heel to 7mm at the pedal contact area

• Rubber Kinetics | DST 6.0 HIGH GRIP rubber outsole
Suede upper is durable and protective
• Cup outsole design features 3mm EVA for additional shock absorption and comfort
• Perforated ventilation for breathability
• TPU toe protection
 with rubber toe cap
• Fully gusseted tongue prohibits intake of dirt and debris
• D3O High Impact Zone Technology insole absorbs impact


Men's Charcoal and Camo

Women's Grey and Black

Youth Camo and Charcoal

Men's & Women's:
$100 MSRP US | $150 MSRP CAD | €100 RRP Europe | £89.95 SRP UK
$80 MSRP US | $130 MSRP CAD | €80 RRP Europe | £64.95 SRP UK

Available now.

Ride Concepts is a rider owned bike footwear company based in Truckee, CA. For more info on Vice and us, check our website.


  • 11 2
 Hmmm Kyle Strait wears a size 13 and he looks pretty freaking awesome in them... and vans making terrible riding shoes? I’d have to disagree. Vans main problem is their compound isn’t stiff enough and falls apart easily. The actual waffle pattern has nothing to do with it. I’ve seen Kyle win Rampage in Vans. Hell I think he’s done every single one of them on Vans expect for last year. And now we introduce the new Vice! Which is not a Vans. It’s better.

The Vice lasts longer, is a stronger built shoe, more heel protection, foot padding and all around durability. As someone who has ridden in both brands you can feel the connectivity difference to the pedal without loosing sensitivity completely unlike other mtb brands that feel like blocks. RC has figured how to make an awesome riding shoe that feels good!
  • 3 2
 The waffle design is why they dont last. It is a ton of negative space with ramping, your pins aren't going into the rubber and biting in solid. Waffle sole Van's basically give you a little float, and give you premature wear. Van's does make horrible "riding shoes" because they dont make riding shoes and they have zero durability. Some people like the feel of Van's, but most want support.
I spent my first 3 seasons riding on Van's because people kept telling me they were fine for riding. I couldn't tell you how many pairs I destroyed. I also developed a pain in my right foot that went away when I went to better shoes. Really, I'm not trying to internet argue with you, but I stongly believe the only reason to ride on Van's is because you just started riding and dont know if you want to invest in kit.
  • 2 0
 Etnies 'geo-hex' pattern is the best, or Dc's 'pill' pattern works really well. Cant beat Etnies for durability
  • 5 0
 OK, RC, nice-looking shoes, and I would wear them, except my feet would like a European toebox kinda shape. I know some people may think it would look like duck feet or something, but I need a squarer end. Please do not tell me to buy wider shoes, all I wear is keens and I would like them wider still. I like to run around barefoot in summer, so my feet got un-squashed over a couple years, and the fashions keep dictating tight, pointy, ouch shoes. I know it won't happen, but some of us care more about comfort than style.
  • 7 2
 I think everyone in china has narrow feet.
  • 3 0
 Big same for me. I have a bunion and have the worst time finding wide shoes to shred in. I tried the New Balance Skate shoes in extra wide. The fit was great but they were awful for grip and durability. I ended up giving them away to a friend. One day I hope vans or RC or whoever designs a shoe for bikes will make one with a wide toebox option or version. Let me know if you find one first
  • 1 0
 @nw-rhb: Will do. I think my options are: suffer until a manufacturer starts to care, pay thousands to have truly custom made shoes, or become a super good MTB'er an when a company wants to sponsor me, demand they design a signature shoe with my input on the product, with a caveat that it must be made available at once.
  • 2 0
 @nw-rhb: bunion surgery is a thing
  • 2 0
 If you have super wide feet, look at Northwave shoes. Their stuff is crazy wide.

I have the opposite problem, I have really narrow feet and so I struggle to find stuff that gives any real support. Industry, why don't you cater to the extremes?
  • 1 0
 @2d-cutout: Thank you, I will do that. Good luck on your search of the strait and narrow.
  • 3 0
 Oh, I get it, they're like vans, only more expensive. I think I'll take three pairs of whatever's on clearance at instead and never know the difference.
  • 4 0
 I wish Vans would make a proper MTB shoe. Guess they are good enough for vink.
  • 1 0
 They used to, they even had a clipless model that could also be used for flat pedals
  • 1 0
 @demo7jumper: Indeed they did, although the cleats were in a shit position.
  • 1 0
 Guess it comes down to your definition of "proper shoe." If a shoe: a.) doesn't slide off the pedals at inopportune times; and b.) doesn't let the pins on your pedals poke your soles, isn't it at some level a "proper MTB shoe?"
  • 4 2
 Ride Concept is the first brand I’ve ridden that outperforms my Five Tens. Looking forward to getting a set of these for casual wear.
  • 7 0
 Which model are you wearing? I've found the opposite.
  • 1 0
  • 6 7
 "open angled inverse hexagons" now that's science.

They look a lot like vans, which make terrible riding shoes. Is the sole softer/gripper than the typical waffle?

Also the fat white band around the sole makes those of us who wear clown shoes (13+) look extra ridiculous. Just need to buy them in bright red...
  • 4 0
 Kyle off vans :0
  • 1 0
 How is that suede going to hold up in water/mud conditions. Or is this a shoe targeted for the pump track and Utah.
  • 1 0
 I'll answer my own question... targeted at dirt jump and lifestyle.
  • 2 0
 Nice Ricky Carmichael's shoes.
  • 1 0
 Watts!!!! I miss his clicked flip whips
  • 1 0
 Shoes...? I didn’t see any shoes.....

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