Who should buy the Shimano ME701

Shimano’s newer versions of a particular model maintain the same name as its predecessor. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that features a cuff that offers protection from debris and ankle scuffs.
  • Need a shoe that is governed by a speed lacing system, a Velcro strap, and a ratchet buckle.
  • Need a shoe that employs a stiff carbon composite midsole for great power transfer.

Shimano ME701 Logo

High traction rubber

Shimano and Michelin worked together to create a proprietary rubber compound for the cycling brand’s shoes. This compound mixes dual-density rubber and strategic lug design for superior grip and stability without compromising pedaling efficiency.

Shimano ME701 High traction rubber

The ME701 incorporates the brand’s TORBAL (Torsional Balance) System. This innovation has the ability to flex in the heel area, encouraging the wearer to pedal more naturally and preventing injuries in the long run.

Efficient power transfer

This pair’s midsole is crafted from carbon fiber composite that provides stiffness and energy transfer. The Shimano ME701 has a rigidity rating of 8 out of 12 in the brand’s chart. This means that the wearer can expect sufficient firmness while pedaling.

Shimano ME701 Midsole

2-holed cleat system 

This cycling shoe employs a 2-holed cleat system (generally known as SPD), which is commonly used in MTB shoes. Compared to road shoes’ 3-bolt cleat design, SPD systems don’t require too much effort to clip out so that mountain riders can release their foot during crucial times.

Shimano ME701 2-holed cleat system

Compared to most cycling shoes’ 11mm space for cleat positioning, the Shimano ME701 offers a total space of 22mm. This more extended area provides its users with more pedal positions and aims to promote natural pedaling and strain prevention.


This model’s perforated synthetic leather works in conjunction with the lace armor and neoprene cuff to provide protection against small amounts of water and debris from permeating the insides of the shoe.

Shimano ME701 Water-resistant

Lightweight and impact protection

Despite its burly design, light materials and employing only the most essential components contributed to a relatively more buoyant feel.

Shimano ME701 Lightweight and impact protection

Reinforced toe and heel areas work together to keep the foot safe from strong impacts and strikes.

Secure fit

The ME701 employs several types of closure systems. Underneath the lace armor is the speed lacing system, which cinches and releases with just a single toggle of the lock button. This allows for a fast and secure fit.

Shimano ME701 Secure fit

On top of the lacing system is a lace armor that closes via Velcro. This helps protect feet from the elements and provides enhanced lockdown. Lastly, the top-most part of the foot is secured by a reverse ratchet buckle.

Larger toe box

Using feedback from this model’s older version, Shimano made sure that this latest update will have a roomier interior. Hence, it can now accommodate wider feet thanks to its larger toe box.

Shimano ME701 Larger toe box

Single-density extra-cushioned insoles

The Shimano ME701 utilizes single-density extra-cushioned insoles. This offers enhanced comfort and vibration dampening for the most comfortable long rides. Purchasers who need more support can easily swap the footbed to their preferred insoles.

Shimano ME701 Single-density extra-cushioned insoles

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.9oz
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, Ratchet, Speed lacing
Features: Lace Tucks, SPD
Material: Synthetic, Carbon composite sole
Technology: Michelin Soles

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