Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Shimano MT301 shoes are very comfortable, according to the majority of reviews.
  • Many users affirm that this MTB shoe has an excellent price-performance ratio.
  • Several wearers applaud the pair's recessed cleat design as they can walk normally without the clanking sounds.
  • The MT301 is a good looking bike footwear, say a handful of consumers.
  • Some cyclists find the model's sole stiff enough to provide adequate power transfer.
  • A number of commenters appreciate the lace loop feature as it keeps the laces from getting caught in the bike.
  • A couple of buyers say the quality of materials and construction are amazing.

1 reason not to buy

  • A commenter claims the shoe is pretty heavy than what he anticipated.

Bottom line

The Shimano MT301 gets high marks for its comfort and versatile performance. It also ticks the box for style and high-quality construction and materials. But like any other shoe, it comes with at least a misfire, albeit a very subjective one.

Nonetheless, this Shimano bike shoe remains a well-received shoe thanks to its efficient and user-friendly features.

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Good to know

Who is it for? The Shimano MT301 is a cycling shoe recommended to individuals who want to try going clipless for the first time. It is also suitable for people who are looking for the following characteristics in their footgear:

  • Lace-up MTB shoes
  • Recessed cleat area
  • Flexible soles with enough power transfer
  • Sneaker-like comfort

What is it for? This pair can be used for these cycling ventures:

  • Touring
  • Recreational road and off-road biking
  • Urban commutes
  • Indoor cycling

Enough power transfer. The MT301 mountain bike shoe utilizes Shimano's glass fiber reinforced shank plate. It governs stiffness for pedaling efficiency. This sole is rated 4 out of 12 in the brand's stiffness index chart.

Grip. Rubber treads are placed throughout the outsole to help keep the wearer upright and stable on smooth and slippery surfaces.

The Shimano MT301 features the traditional MTB SPD two-bolt cleat design. It is compatible with these pedals: Shimano XTR M9100, Xpedo GFX, and Look Cycle X-Track En-Rage Plus.

The cleat area comes with a screw-on plate that covers the system. This makes the shoe functional as a flat MTB shoe as well. If you choose to use it as a flat bike shoe, then these are the suitable pedal models: Deity T-Mac, E*Thirteen Base, and Burgtec MK4 Composite.

Classic styling. The MT301's classic look is predominantly thanks to its traditional lace-up closure. It gives off an old-school aesthetic. Apart from its looks, the lace-up is also a time-tested lockdown system, keeping the foot in place while dynamic pedaling.

Comfort. The one-piece perforated synthetic upper provides a comfortable snug fit without pressure points and hot spots. The seamless construction also enhances overall durability and eliminates unnecessary weight. Mesh lining encases the foot comfortably.

Lace loop. A garter lace loop is provided to keep the laces from flapping around and eliminating the possibility of being stuck in the bike's drive train.

This pair's older sibling is the MT300. The technical features of both shoes are primarily the same. However, there are a few minor differences. The MT301 features a more minimal upper design, while the MT300 has a heel loop tab for easier on and off. The Shimano MT300 also displays a more aggressive tread design than the MT300.


How Shimano MT301 ranks compared to all other shoes
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Top 30% Shimano cycling shoes
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