Verdict from 15 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Lots of Shimano ME501 reviews speak of the pair's excellent traction.
  • This mountain cycling shoe is very comfortable, according to plenty of wearers.
  • Several owners laud the footwear's BOA-equipped closure system as it is easy and efficient to use.
  • Some commenters praise the ME501's adequately stiff soles.
  • A number of consumers find the model to be good looking.
  • A couple of users say it is efficient for hike-a-bike sessions.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer claims the cleat area isn't recessed enough to prevent the cleat from touching the floor.
  • A user says the tongue is too short, and the shoe feels cheap.

Bottom line

Great for leisurely trail cycling and urban commutes, the Shimano ME501 gets praises for its grip, comfort, and modern retention system. A lot are also impressed with its casual-inspired design, as it can be worn in urban settings.

While some are on the fence about its quality, this Shimano bike shoe is an excellent choice, all things considered.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.


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