Verdict from 1 expert and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Shimano TR500 has easy to use fastening that helps in fast transitions, according to the majority of its reviewers.
  • A lot of owners say that it is a delightfully breathable triathlon shoe.
  • Most wearers testify to the impeccable comfort given by this shoe.
  • Based on some buyers, the Shimano TR500 is reasonably priced.
  • A bunch of owners applauds this pair's good workmanship and high-quality materials.
  • A few cyclists say that it is adequately stiff and yields satisfactory power transfer.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some users say that the main Velcro strap should have been designed to open going to the left side instead of towards the right because the strap tends to rub the bike's crank.

Bottom line

Triathletes who seek an efficient footgear that offers fast transitions and loads of comfort may enjoy Shimano's TR500. Other features that users may find valuable are breathability, excellent drainage and adequate stiffness.

The lone flaw mentioned can be remedied by cutting through the provided cutout at the end of the strap. All in all, the Shimano TR500 is a solid tri cycling shoe given its advantages.

Tip: see the best cycling shoes.

Expert reviews:

Video reviews

Good to know

Who is it for? Fast transitions and excellent comfort make these Shimano triathlon shoes a great option for both beginner and experienced triathletes. It can also be a good option for road cyclists who prefer an uber breathable footgear with stiff yet flexible soles.

What is it for? The Shimano SH-TR500 is a performance shoe engineered to provide quick transitions, excellent breathability, drainage, and power transfer.  All these elements specifically cater to triathlon races, but it could also work as a leisurely road bike shoe.

Adequate stiffness with a bit of flex. Equipped with lightweight glass fiber reinforced nylon soles, the Shimano TR500 yields good power transfer and a hint of pliability for comfort. This sole type received a stiffness rating of 6 out of 12 in the brand's stiffness index chart.

Breathability. Vent holes are strategically placed in the soles to serve as drainage holes as well as promote excellent airflow.

Stability. Rubber pads are provided to keep the wearer upright on slippery surfaces.

The Shimano TR500 triathlon shoe employs both 2 and 3-bolt cleat systems. Hence, it is SPD and SPD-SL cleat compatible. This type of cleat design is commonly called the universal cleat system.

Some of the pedals suitable for its three-bolt feature are Look Keo 2 Max, Time XPro 10, and Shimano PD-R7000. Suitable two-bolt pedals could be Crank Brothers Mallet E LS, Nukeproof Horizon CS, and Shimano PD-M520.

Sockless comfort. The Shimano TR500 is crafted with a synthetic leather upper with 3D breathable mesh insert for breathability and comfort. With its lining, the shoe can be worn without socks for faster transitions.

Quick transitions. This pair's closure is designed not only to offer a lockdown fit but also to aid in fast transitions from one leg of the race onto cycling and vice versa.

A T1 Quick strap and micro Velcro strap governs this shoe's retention system. Both are easy to adjust and stays open when needed.

To aid in transitions, extra-wide collars alongside asymmetrical heel loops are provided.

The TR500 employs the brand's Dynalast technology. This feature is designed with modified toe-spring sections for comfort in long rides and prevention of injuries.

The Shimano TR500 shares the same design as the pro-level TR900 - from their breathable synthetic uppers to their 3D mesh lining and T1 quick strap. However, the TR500 gets a more budget-friendly glass-fiber-reinforced sole that actually shed off a few grams from the elite-level pair's carbon soles.

How TR500 compares

This shoe: 89
All shoes average: 81
60 94
This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $247
$85 $550
This shoe: 9.3oz
All shoes average: 9.8oz
5.4oz 16.9oz