Think of the Shimano SH-XC701 Mountain Shoe as the ideal combination of value and performance in the Shimano SPD shoe line. The SH-XC701, also known as the Shimano XC7 MTB shoe, takes plenty of features from the vaunted Shimano S-Phyre XC901 shoe and brings them down to a price point at nearly half the cost.
A carbon sole, dual Boa dials, and typical Shimano fit highlight the value found in Shimano’s mountain bike shoe. The carbon sole is wrapped by Michelin rubber, grippy enough to stick to slick rock, with proper patterning for mud-shedding. Up top, Shimano uses a high-density synthetic leather that is resistant to stretching while still molding to the foot nicely. This also bodes well for weight, as the XC701 weighs in at a lithe 326 grams in a size 42. Add in spike mounts, wide-range SPD mounting points and dual independent Boa L6 dials for a perfect fit, and the XC701 MTB shoe is as versatile as they come.
The Shimano SH-XC701 Mountain Shoe is available in thirteen sizes (38-50), with wide widths available in eleven sizes (38-48).