Brandon Semenuk's signature shoe from Etnies has a few features that should make it worth a look for any UK rider, the obvious one being the water repellant treated upper. Not so obvious is the Thinsulate lining, which doesn't make the shoe any bulkier and dries really quickly.
A raised cuff on the inside ankle adds some protection against crank bite and the "bellows" tongue is attached to the upper on the sides to keep out moisture and gravel.
The outer sole is designed to let you ride with your foot in different positions and the inner is reinforced (Etnies call it a "Pedal Shank"), so the sole is much stiffer than a skate shoe.
"It's tough to persuade most flat pedal riders to so much as try any shoe that doesn't have a huge "5" on the side, but as the only flat pedal rider at 20Twenty, I'm personally a huge fan of Etnies mountain bike shoes. They have ample grip for me (riding OneUp composite pedals), and I can still reposition my foot if I need too. The shoes maybe have less room inside than my Freeriders for a given size, but they're less bulky, and I don't seem to hit my feet off as many trailside obstacles with the Etnies. I find the Etnies sole a bit stiffer, which stops my feet getting sore on long runs. They run true to size on me- I wear a UK 9 in most shoes and my Etnies are a UK 9." -Paul
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