Mountain Bike Shoes
For over 30 years, Northwave has excelled in designing and developing the very best MTB shoes on the market. Whether you're a MTB newbie or you eat double-black trails for breakfast, Northwave mountain bike shoes cater for all disciplines and even all seasons. These are mountain bike shoes made by mountain bikers, using cutting-edge material and literally decades of experience in design and testing. You can be sure that if you're buying Northwave shoes, you're buying superior comfort footwear that is made for the most rugged conditions.
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Mountain Bike Shoes
Northwave’s line-up includes SPD pedal adaptable MTB clipless shoes and flat pedal models. Women’s specific shoes are often released featuring sensational pops of added colour.
For top-of-the-range, Extreme XC has you covered. This model is geared towards the spikey end of professional racing, and is designed to help the rider reach absolute performance levels.
If you want that ultra high performance but with a more affordable price tag, then you’re going to want to know all about Rebel 3. Continuing with the drop in price but not quality is Origin Plus 2, a super popular model in a variety of colours as well as a nifty wide version for those who need a bit more room.
If you’re headed out in frigid temps, then the flagship GTX has your name all over it. Including Gore-Tex membrane, dual SLW3 rotor, and 100% carbon sole (thanks to a collaboration with Michelin), this shoe is mind-bogglingly impressive in harsh, cold climates.
Speaking of collabs, the flat pedal Clan 2 shoe also partnered up with Michelin to create a stand-out sole, whilst fellow flat Rockit partnered with Vibram. These innovative meeting-of-minds go a long way in reaffirming Northwave’s total commitment to premium quality and absolute comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are MTB shoes?
MTB shoes are short for mountain bike shoes. They are a specific type of cycling footwear designed for mountain bike, gravel bike, CX and off-road riding.
Do I need mountain bike shoes?
If you want to look after your feet, maintain comfort on the bike and get the best performance possible, mountain bike shoes are essential. Purpose-designed and developed for off-road riding, they have all the hallmarks you need to do well on the bike. From weight to breathability to their unique cleat system, they make an incredible difference to your riding comfort and output.
What are the best shoes for mountain biking?
Aside from Northwave, you mean?! Look for features such as lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking material, efficient closing/opening, grippy but stiff soles for maximum power transfer and cleat system compatibility with the right pedals for your bike. Northwave delivers all these and much, much more.
How to clean MTB shoes?
Please refer to our bike shoe cleaning guide, which provides a great level of detail and advice.\
Can I use MTB shoes on a road bike?
Whilst it is possible to use mountain bike shoes on a road bike, we do not recommend it. All Northwave shoes are designed to maximise the benefits for the specific sport intended.
How should MTB shoes fit?
If you've ever been hiking, you want to take a similar approach - they need to be snug but not too tight. Remember, your feet are likely to swell as your exertion intensifies and you warm up. A good opening/closing system will accommodate for this to a degree, but even that's not going to help if, overall, the shoes are too tight or roomy to begin with. Please check out our Northwave shoe size chart guide.