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#1 Nelmenator


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:32 AM

Want to get my 11 year old son some flat pedal MTB shoes but they cost a fortune (he wears adult size 9).  I was thinking about just getting some standard vans so at least his feet wouldn't slip off the pedals as much as they currently are.  I know the reason vans are not ideal as the sole is flexy, but it's gotta be better than running shoes?  Would love to hear any suggestions or feedback on riding vans or similar. 




#2 ZenkiS14


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 04:19 PM

Five.Ten is hands down the best flat pedal shoe out there. The sticky rubber, the stiff pedaling platform, the durability.


I also have Bontrager's new flat pedal shoe, the FlatLines, and I like them, but they'll never replace my 5.10s. I have 5 pairs of FiveTens...lol


I highly recommend the FiveTen Freerider, or Freerider Pro , should be able to catch a closeout deal on them. Otherwise most of your local shops can order them through a distributor.




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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:01 AM

I have three pair and I'm really old!

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#4 whm


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:46 PM

Addidas makes some shoes that are fairly simalar to vans or 510's. My son rides with them sometimes.



#5 love the sun

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 04:28 PM

I have the same style as ZenskiS14 in the women's version and love them. Super sticky on the pedals.  I also have the Vans in a high top version as I like the ankle support.  They are super sticky on the pedals, as well.  The 510's have a stiffer sole but the only time I notice the difference between the soles is if I need to walk through a rocky section I don't feel comfortable riding.  Since finding the Vans, I ride those exclusively now.

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