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Item # SHI00D7

High function.

Striking a balance between XC lightness and enduro durability is no easy task, but Shimano is up to the challenge with its SH-ME7 Men's Cycling Shoes. They give all-mountain/enduro riders a lightweight option with ample protection and traction, without sacrificing responsiveness on the pedals.

The SH-M2E7 achieves its streamlined fit and consistent power transfer courtesy of its synthetic upper and stiff sole, which earns a rating of 8/12 on Shimano's stiffness index. Shimano also adds a protective panel over the shoe's speed lacing, with a ratchet buckle up top to put the final touch on its customized fit.

When you do start pedaling, a reinforced heel stabilizer holds your foot in place, ensuring you don't lose any power on challenging ascents, while the shoe's elevated, stretch-neoprene collar protects vulnerable ankle bones from errant debris. And for the times technical terrain necessitates a dismounting, the lugged rubber outsole provides reliable grip over rocks, roots, and pitchy traverses.

  • Blending XC lightness and enduro durability
  • Stiff sole efficiently transfers power
  • Grippy rubber outsole for hike-a-bike sections
  • Perforated synthetic upper comfortably ventilates
  • Speed lace and top buckle strap for highly adjustable fit
  • Compatible with two-bolt mountain bike cleats
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Upper Material
speed lace, buckle, hook-and-loop panel
extra-cushion insole
Cleat Compatibility
Recommended Use
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year


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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, the only reason for the two
star review is I had one of the soles come unglued and rip halfway from the upper. This made the shoes almost useless. This happened within the first month of owning them, but I was doing some riding in very cold weather. Not having seen mention of this happening in other reviews, I may have just got unlucky with my pair. I really wanted to like these shoes, and if it wasn’t for that issue I would have.
The ME7’s do run small compared to 5.10’s. About a size and a half smaller (sizing is similar to my older pearl izumi x-alps though). I wear a 45cm in 5.10’s but a 46.5cm would be the closest fit in the ME7’s. I Read some info about the sizing before I purchased and most people were saying they needed to order a size up. I went with a size up and they were still too small for me. I was able to exchange with Backcountry for the next size up. Compared to every 5.10 i’ve had, the ME7 has a bit narrower last in the toe box (but maybe too roomy around the top of my foot.) I was initially worried about the tightness in the toe box but they seemed to stretch out enough to be comfortable. The cleat mounting is hassle free with a fairly wide range of forward-back placement. I appreciated the amount of rearward cleat adjustment towards the center of your foot which I prefer when riding mountain bikes. The bungee lace closure is fast and easy to tighten and untighten, although I felt like they needed to tighten more than they could. The Velcro flap helped to cinch things up more. That weatherproof flap over the top also gives protection against stick and rock strikes and the neoprene around the ankle helps keep water out the top. This is not a water proof shoe however, and a lot of water enters through the mesh on top of the toes (for someone using these for wet weather commuting, a waterproof toe cover would go a long way). A good thing is, the shoes do a really great job of drying out quickly especially if you remove the insole. The Michelin rubber treads are softer than most treaded clipless shoes and the taller treads dig into loose dirt (and mud for the cyclocross riders) giving great walking/hiking grip. They seem to be less confidence inspiring on wet rocks though, but what shoes are? The stiffness of the soles seemed to strike a good balance between efficiency to ride long distances in, and ease of walking/hiking. More stiff than most 5.10’s but less stiff than most XC shoes. Overall I believe these are a great shoe that could be worn for many types of riding. They are well thought out and cater towards enduro/all mountain/just riding a mountain bike with no particular genre riding types.

Fit Was Small

    I ordered the same size as my Shimano roadie shoes, and these shoes were too small. I would order a half or full size larger than what you wear in Shimano road bike shoes.

    Shimano Standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 43

    Enjoy the quick draw laces vs. that of the BOA on some other models. Also, the lace guard or whatever you want to call it is nice to make sure nothing gets caught where it shouldn't and make for an unpleasant end to the day. Only piece of advise on this shoe is to definitely size down. They run about a half to full size big in my opinion compared to other shoes I have ordered.

    Will these shoes work with crankbrothers mallet E pedals??

    Hi Ryan, these shoes are 2 bolt compatible which will work with any mountain bike pedal including the mallet E pedals.

    Professional grade.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So I was looking for new MTB shoes and did the norm and searched out reviews. The Shimano SH-ME7 kept showing up in the comments as wonderful. Now long story short...I've been using my very "Old School" Nike Poobah shoes for almost 15 years and was looking for something to replace them. I have a narrow foot and I'm size 11. (Sexy I know but just relax) I've always loved the way Nikes fit my foot and was looking for a replacement shoe. I saw that the Shimano SH-ME7's were getting reviews about the narrowness of the shoe and I thought that just might be the shoe for me.
    I was measured for a size 44 and damn if they don't fit perfectly!! Love the thought that went into these shoes. The Speed Lace works perfectly. The velcro on the end of the Speed Laces is extremely useful. The all around design and comfort was well thought out by the designers indeed. They're just high enough up the ankle to protect strikes from your cranks and they are very breathable. I truly can't praise these shoes enough.
    I was very lucky to have chosen these shoes as my next pair and am very thankful they are a perfect match for my feets.
    The SH-ME7's are worth every penny.

    Thank you very much. ;)

    Not bad at all

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47

    The first ride they weren't great, I've got somewhat wide feet and my pinky toe was going numb as my heal was slipping like crazy then by my 3rd ride they were fantastic. I'm not sure if it was just the breaking in of the shoe or what but now they fit like a glove. The arch support is awesome and the Michelin soles are phenomenal for walking on rocks they grip like crazy. The size was pretty true to form I'm a 12.5 EE in my running shoes and the size 47 was too snug at first but have conformed to my feet in three rides. The uppers dont seem as durable as Sidis but for half the price they are good enough. I would have given 5 stars if they had a Boa lacing system, the goofy lace cover really isn't needed in my opinion.

    Flawed size chart

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Shimano website shows their size 47 being ~30.5cm
    When the shoes arrived today the box had size 47 being 29.8cm.

    Shoes are too small and will need to go back, not sure how size 48 will work.

    I wear a 44.5 in the Shimano SH XC-9, what size would be best in the SH ME-7?


    I would suggest sizing down to a 44 as these are known to fit slightly large.

    My favorite

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have tried 7-8 different pair of mountain bike shoes over the past 5 years of various styles(from the more traditional MTB shoe to the 5-10 style). These are by far my favorite. Reason - perfect combination of traction for walking, adjustability and fit. The cinch laces are great and can get the shoe nice and tight, the lace cover is great, and I really like the "cuff" that provides a some protection around the ankle. Cleat adjust-ability is also nice. I have about 1500 miles on my first pair with no issues and I bought a second just in case they go out of stock or get discontinued. Primarily used for what I would call "aggressive" trail riding - all single track with lots of technical features - but not too much "hike a biking".

    Excellent shoes for mountain biking

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have taken these shoes on 75 miles of mountain biking over the last month and they are my favorite shoes for that and road biking too.

    The simple cinch design on the top of the foot is slick and you can achieve a tight fit. The Velcro flap is great and the plastic shell over it shields the foot from water to some degree as well as debris like rocks, weeds, twigs etc on the trail.
    I believe the size was true for Shimano. I have size 44 and consistently wear size 9.5.

    The strap over the foot is one critical item which I believe makes this shoe perform. It keeps my foot right where I want it without squeezing it and the shoe is very easy and fast to remove. The gaiter on the back of the Achilles area is smart for keeping out debris on the trail.

    When I realized how stiff the sole was I started wearing them on the road bike for workouts over 45 miles so far and during daily work commutes.

    I really enjoy the Michelin soles as they feel comfortable and the sole is also good for walking in.

    The long term abuse test is next and that takes at least a year.

    Great shoe almost best all mountain shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great shoe glad I bought it. Only think to make it better would be to have two BOAs on it.

    I like the idea of BOAs, but hate them at the same time. Have had several break on Specialized Rimes and other equipment. Can't trust them....

    Awesome shoes!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Really comfortable and true to size. I have used fiveten shoes before and I also like them a lot but I think I prefer these on the comfortable side. So far I have not had any problems with them.

    Initial impressions...will update

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Edit: I've now ridden them and love them.
    I'm coming from Giro Terraduros and have some quick observations.
    1. I got them because I'm tired of going on "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" in Moab on the features with slickrock if I put a foot down. I have yet to test it, but these seem to have a softer material on the sole which should grip well.
    2. The sides pushed against my ankle bones. I wore them for a couple of hours around the house and that seemed to solve that issue as they quickly broke in. You could get slightly thicker insoles (I may get better ones anyway) and that would also take care of that issue to some extent. (After a ride, they're fine.)
    3. I came from Terraduros, which require a spacer (such as what comes with Eggbeaters) to drop the cleat enough so that there is no rubbing on Shimano pedals. I have Shimano XT Trails, and with these, no spacer is needed.
    4. Edit: They fit slightly larger than Terraduros. I wear a 43 Terraduro (tight) and these are about 1/4 inch longer in a 43, which is perfect.
    5. The cleats can be slid further back on these, also. They come with red spacers. I put those in place from inside the shoe on the rear and then placed the inner plate as far back as it would go, with the spacer in place. That placed the cleat in a good spot to be close to the positioning you'd get with flats and made it easier to get the same spacing on each shoe.

    Still love them! Absolutely no issues....probably the best mountain biking shoe I've owned.

    Great shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 13

    Was looking for a little stiffer and higher ankle support mountain bike shoe.
    Fits true to size, Works great for me.

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    I have a pretty low volume foot, and these fit me pretty well. That being said, they do run large. I wear a size 9 street shoe, and ended up settling on a size 41 after the 42's were too big. The ME7's are definitely lighter / more breathable than the Giro Terraduro (low and mid). The sole is fairly stiff but they are still comfortable for walking / hike-a-bikes. Only one gripe: The neoprene cuff is great for keeping dirt out but it rubs my ankles and causes very mild discomfort. That should go away as the shoes break in. I'll update as I get some more time in them.

    Almost everything I want in a bike shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    The tread rubber is high friction and has grippy cleats when walking on rough terrain is necessary. It's super easy to get in and out of these shoes and to adjust them to your feet. They ventilate well and do a good job of keeping mud, gravel, dust, &c out of the shoes. They are fairly stiff, but have some forefoot rocker to make walking tolerable.

    They are not especially light, but they're not crazy heavy either. You can't have everything . . . as usual.

    I've been using these shoes for a month or so.

    UPDATE: July 2018, a year later

    I still hold with everything I said above, except maybe calling them fairly stiff. They are stiff. Not great for extensive walking but good for pedaling. The Michelin rubber soles, though, are good when walking on rocks and dirt.

    Supportive, stiff where you need it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I am totally in love with my Shimano SH-ME7's. They are incredibly light weight and breathable, stiff for great power transmission, but allows some lateral movement, paired with a pretty significant tread, so when you need to hike a bike it's not too much of a bummer.
    The neoprene cuff on the back of the shoe is awesome for keeping stray rocks from landing inside, and keeps your heel super secure.
    Did I already mention how breathable and lightweight these are? No more hot foot, and despite the light weight they are incredibly capable and fit for trail and enduro riding.

    Great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I have only had XC shoes in the past, I decided to give these a try with the new season. Im very impressed with the choice so far! They are extremely comfortable and they seem to be getting more comfortable as they break in! Sole is plenty stiff and I don't feel like I gave anything up as far as performance goes, the added protection will be a big plus!

    Mountain Bike Shoe ~ used for Touring

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 46 exchanged for 47

    I was looking for a shoe that I could use for my cross-country tour. I'm going ultra light and not carrying extra shoes. I needed something I could walk in and provide support / performance on the bike. The shoes are mated with Shimano XT trail pedals. The support is great. No hot spots or heal sag. The toe box is a bit roomier that my race shoes which is perfect for accommodating wool socks. The shoe walks like a hiking shoe with good flexibility and comfortable on and off the bike. I wasn't familiar with the lacing arrangement and was a bit apprehensive. I have to say it works great and lace cover is nice touch.

    Great Build Quality, Slightly-Off Sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 46

    The build on these shoes is top notch, I have no complaints.

    The reverse ratchet buckle solves a problem with past shoes. In the past, if you really ratcheted the straps down tight it would cause the material under the buckle to start "folding." This in turn would make unbuckling very difficult because it would change the angle of the lever. The more the shoes were broken in (and thus, the softer the material), the worse it would get.

    I am going to say that this shoe runs slightly larger than my past Shimano 46s. I had a pair of SH-M089s in 46 and had to size down for these shoes.

    Great Build Quality, Slightly-Off Sizing