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The 9 Best Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 24, 2022
 

Every year more riders discover what some of us have always known: flat pedals aren’t just for beginners or freeriders who like doing tricks. Instead, the right combination of a grippy shoe and well designed flat pedal offers a great combination of traction and flexibility that can work for everyone short of XC racers. The best flat pedal mountain bike shoes are more than just glorified skate shoes. Instead, mountain bike shoes for flats will have a bike specific sole, more ankle padding and other features that make them perfect for mountain bikers.

This year’s crop of flat pedal shoes reflects renewed interest in the category. More brands than ever are making good flat pedal shoes, and they’re making more styles too. Gone are the clunky DH only shoes of the past. Now you can choose technical trail shoes, or more casual options. When you’re shopping for mountain bike shoes for flat pedals, it’s a good idea to take a serious look at your riding goals, and tailor your shoe selection to them. Going on big rides with lots of hike-a-bike? There are adventure oriented shoes with more traction for walking. Ripping shuttle laps? There are options with more protection for higher speeds and more technical trails. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a flat pedal shoe on this list to fit your needs. For more info, please see our helpful how to buy bike shoes guide.


Five Ten Freerider Canvas Womens

Five Ten Freerider Canvas - Women's

An iconic and timeless design, the Five Ten Freerider Canvas Shoes set the bar for versatility with their flat, grippy Stealth® S1™ rubber outsoles, renown durability, and comfort both on and off the bike. With canvas uppers that contain and least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic and an easy lace closure, these shoes take all the fuss out of bike shoes. The Five Ten Freerider is an easy choice for anyone looking for a versatile, proven flat pedal shoe.

 
Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$100.00Stealth S1 RubberReinforced Toe

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Five Ten Sleuth DLX Canvas Womens

Five Ten Sleuth DLX - Women's

The Five Ten Sleuth DLX Canvas Shoes empower you to ride more confidently and dismount without hesitation and hike around to suss out drops and get to peak viewpoints to enjoy epic sunsets. Made with Five Ten's high-performance Stealth® Phantom™ Dotty rubber outsoles for tacky grip on both pedals and dirt, plus durable canvas uppers for lightweight, breathable comfort, the Sleuth DLX Canvas Shoes are a do-it-all solution for the modern mountain biker. If you’re looking for something a little less gravity oriented than the Freerider, that can handle trail rides and anything else you might throw at it, the Sleuth DLX is the shoe for you.

 
Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$120.00Stealth Phantom RubberReflective Heel

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Five Ten Freerider Pro Womens

Five Ten Freerider Pro - Women's

Rumor has it that some scientists have lost their credentials explaining how Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoes got so grippy. They say some claimed the Stealth S1 Rubber sole was actually magnetic, while others pronounced them Martian technology. We pour some out of our hydration packs to these lab-coated non-believers as we pedal away. Some things are unknowable. Don't stress the provenance, just revel in the friction. If you’re looking for maximum grip, and protection, the Freerider Pro is a great choice.

 
Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$150.00Stealth S1 Impact Resistant PORON Toebox

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Ride Concepts Livewire Womens

Ride Concepts Livewire - Women's

The Ride Concepts Livewire Shoes are classic flat-pedal MTB shoes for all-day riding. EVA insoles and midsoles provide comfort and shock absorption and the upgraded MAX GRIP rubber outsoles glue your feet to the pedals so you can goof your way down the trail in total control. The Livewire is a versatile, grippy option that just about every discipline of rider will get along with.

 
Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$110.00MAX Grip RubberDUAL-density EVA insole

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Dakine Drift Bike

Dakine Drift

Hang a foot out and let it slide: Dakine Drift Bike Shoes are made to enhance your flat pedal riding. That means they're made to grip when you need them to, but they allow for all the flat pedal shenanigans we live for. Their soles are stiff enough to keep serious terms like "power transfer" and "pedaling efficiency" in the discussion, but they still bend like shoes you'd want to wear. In other words, you don't have to walk like you're in a full body cast when you're scoping lines. Made with mud-shedding PU uppers, the Drifts are stylish and functional, like all Dakine gear. Dakine’s first foray into flat pedal shoes is already a strong performer and a great choice for all-round riders.

Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$139.00DK UltraGrip RubberReflective Collar

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Five Ten Freerider Pro

Five Ten Freerider Pro

Skate shoe looks with mega grip. You can't go wrong with Five Ten Freerider Shoes. They're flat pedal favorites year after year for their durability, chill looks, and that ridiculous friction coefficient. Your feet absolutely will not want to move around. Sometimes the hits are hits because they’re just great, and even after years of competition they still lead the pack. That’s the case with the Five Ten Freeriders, they just get the job done well.

Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$100.00Stealth S1 RubberOne Piece Molded Cup Sole

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Five Ten Sleuth DLX

Five Ten Sleuth DLX

Five Ten Sleuth DLX Shoes take a few style tips from the Adidas Samba, resulting in a low-profile and sleek shoe that you can easily wear on or off the bike. With hundreds of super-grippy dots made of Stealth Phantom rubber, the sole sticks like glue to even the most blown-out pedals. Get these and your summer footwear decisions are done! If you’re looking for a stylish, but still high-performance flat pedal shoe, the Sleuth deserves a second look.

Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$120.00Stealth Phantom RubberSuede Leather Upper

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Ride Concepts Hellion Elite

Ride Concepts Hellion Elite

"But how grippy are they?" No matter how cool a mountain bike shoe looks, that's the only question. With the Ride Concepts Hellion Elite Shoes, the answer is: "very." With great padding and bike specific touches, the Hellion Elites pass all the comfort and durability tests, and we can attest that their MAX GRIP soles are as grippy as anything available. Stay on your bike! The Hellion Elite is a relative newcomer to the scene, but their smart design and great performance are already shaking up the industry.

Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$150.00MAX GRIP RubberD30 Impact Protection

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Ride Concepts Livewire

Ride Concepts Livewire

 

The Ride Concepts Livewire Shoes are tried-and-true flat-pedal MTB shoes for all-day riding. The upgraded MAXGRIP outsoles provide out of this world grip and pedal feel and the EVA foam insoles and midsoles are comfortable and shock absorbing from singletrack to the skills park. The Livewire is a good looking, versatile bike shoe that will work for a lot of riders.

Original PriceSole MaterialSpecial Features
$110.00MAX GRIP Rubber Elastic Lace Tuck

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Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.