10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great value, near faultless product,
This review is from: Shimano Men's R087 Cycling Shoe (Shoes)
These are excellent cycling shoes: stiff-soled, comfortable and with plenty of adjustment via a ratchet and a couple of Velcro straps. They also look great and are well-ventilated for those hot summer days.
The shoes are designed to work with Shimano 105 pedals & cleats, but will in fact work with any suitable pedals and design of cleat. If you've never used this type of shoe/pedal combination while cycling before, there's a number of advantages:
* Because your shoes are attached to the pedals, you pull the crank up on the upstroke whilst simultaneously pushing down with the other foot on the downstroke so you get a more efficient return from the energy expended - meaning you can ride faster and tackle hills with less effort
* Provided you set them up right (get professional assistance if needed) your foot is always in the optimum position (ball of foot over pedal), so your ride is more comfortable and efficient
There's a couple of drawbacks though:
1. Remember you must release the cleat from the pedal (by twisting it sideways) when you stop i.e. at a road junction, or your feet will stay in the pedals and over you'll tumble. Practice this a few times before you go out for the first time
2. These shoes ain't made for walking, and although they're OK for short distances the cleats make any extended walking awkward; another issue is that you'll wear the cleats out more quickly by walking in them
For the price these Shimano SH-R087W shoes are a steal. You'll pay a lot more to save a few grams in weight and get additional stiffness in the sole, but unless you have money to spare this middle-market is where the value is.