Verdict from 1 expert and 17 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • According to the majority of reviewers, the Shimano GR700 is a comfortable shoe.
  • Numerous wearers say this mountain bike shoe is relatively lighter than the majority of its siblings.
  • Several wearers laud the pair's durable materials and high-quality build.
  • It is well ventilated, according to some users.
  • This footgear impresses a couple of cyclists, thanks to its least absorbing and quick-drying materials.
  • A commenter especially loves how the ankle collar protects against debris.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several commenters say that the grip lessens in wet conditions.
  • Some riders express the desire for stiffer soles.
  • A couple of downhill bikers claim that this pair lacks protection for full-on gravity use.

Bottom line

Shimano continues to enhance their offerings for flat pedal riders. One of the products is the GR700, which is claimed by many to be an excellent all-around mountain bike shoe. It impresses with its winning combination of performance and relatively low price.

Despited its praised performance, there are still reported drawbacks. However, the Shimano GR700 remains a competent MTB shoe given its many advantages.

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Good to know

Who is it for? The Shimano GR700 is directed to mountain bikers who value the following characteristics in their footwear:

  • Breathable fit
  • Fast-drying materials
  • Soles that are not race-level stiff
  • Keeps debris and elements at bay

What is it for? This cycling shoe is marketed to be an enduro, gravity, or downhill bike shoe by the brand. However, according to most, it feels like it falls more on the all-mountain category.

Regarding its level of protection and stiffness, this pair is more suitable for trail and all-mountain riding. Gravity riders who usually keep their feet on the pedals are claimed to get away with this shoe. But still, be cautionary against impacts and bumps.

Grip and enough rigidity. The Shimano GR700 employs a Michelin rubber outsole to provide grip both on pedals and off-bike. The sole is also constructed to yield a stiffness rating of 3 out of 12 in the brand's index chart. This offers enough power transfer while pedaling while still maintaining plenty of flex for hike-a-bike sections.

Working hand in hand with the rubber compound is the tread pattern. The tread design is developed to hold onto the spikes of the pedal.

This MTB shoe utilizes a flat sole design for quicker release and planting of the foot onto the ground. Some of the pedals that work well with this pair are Deity Deftrap, Chromag Contact and Spank Spike.

Breathable. The GR700's upper is crafted from perforated synthetic material with mesh inserts. It allows excellent airflow, absorbs less water and dries quickly, making it an ideal pair for river crossings and rainy sessions.

Toe protection. An additional layer of molded toe cap provides toe protection against bumps, impacts and rock strikes without the threat of hot spots and seam chafing.

Keeps elements at bay. An additional feature is its stretch mesh ankle collar, which prevents debris, dirt, and other elements from inside the shoe.

  • The Shimano GR700 includes a pair of alternative color spare laces.
  • This shoe was released alongside another gravity MTB model called the Shimano GR900.


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