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ShimanoSH-XC7 Cycling Shoe - Men's
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If the SH-XC9 is Shimano's shoe equivalent to its superlative XTR drivetrain, then the SH-XC7 is analog to XT, borrowing a heap of inspiration from its top-tier sibling to bring industry leading function to those of us on a bit more of a budget. Given that the XC7 is a race-ready shoe, the carbon-reinforced midsole is the most important of these layers as it places the XC7 near the top of Shimano's stiffness hierarchy. It clocks in at nine out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness scale, and the only Shimano XC shoe that's stiffer is the XC9 S-Phyre at 11 out of 12. This places the XC7 firmly into race-ready territory, with highly efficient power transfer and just a hint of forgiveness for increased utility when running over barriers or climbing steep embankments.

Though it's not as stiff as the S-Phyre, the XC7 does feature a more robust complement of lugs, so it's better suited for navigating sloppy run-ups or trails on foot. The rubberized outsole also includes toe spike mounts for days when not even the lugs are enough, and the compound comes from the experts at Michelin. Michelin uses two different durometers throughout the soles, targeting different qualities of grip and durable depending on how the lugs will contact the ground—just like with the brand's tires.

Shimano builds the last with its proprietary Dynalast construction, a design that increases pedal efficiency by a claimed .56% on each stroke. While that doesn't seem like much at first, any cyclist who's ridden for longer than two hours understands the importance of marginal gains like this. They can be the difference between finishing at the front or struggling to hang on. Dynalast involves lowering the toe-spring and heel section in relation to the arch and metatarsal areas to create an optimal pedaling angle on either side of the up-swing to shorten inefficient dead spots.

The upper is secured with a BOA IP1 dial and a single hook-and-loop strap over the forefoot, letting you quickly dial fit across the midfoot while leaving ample room for metatarsal expansion while mashing out of corners or jockeying for position during a bunch start. It envelopes your foot rather than simply strapping it down, creating more uniform support and further reducing pressure points.

  • A cyclocross and XC race shoe
  • Stiff, efficient carbon-reinforced sole
  • Dynalast construction increases pedaling efficiency
  • Dual density rubber outsole blends grip and durability
  • BOA IP1 dial buckle provides a customizable fit
  • Finished with reinforced toe spike mounts
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Upper Material
synthetic leather
BOA IP1, hook-and-loop
Adaptable Cup Insole
carbon fiber composite
Cleat Compatibility
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year


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Performance Balanced & Walkable Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really pleased with this shoe.


1) The rubber sole really does allow you to walk comfortably on rocks, unlike those soles made from the same material as low budget football cleats.

2) the fabric inside the heel is pure genius, it works just like a lent brush, with the bristles pointed down. Unlike other low cut shoes this one will stay with your heel no matter the shoe angle, pedal stroke combination.

3) The BOA system allows you to achieve perfect snugness.


5) Venting - the upper has tiny perforations, but not so much that you'll get wet. I'm a creek splasher and these stay dry.


1) The BOA closure is designed off-centered to the outside of the foot, while the top of the tongue has a small v-notch at the medial line of the foot. SO I can't explain why this happens, the tongue works its way to the inside during use making the v-notch off centered to the inside of the foot. Its just one of those annoying things that you forget about until you take them off.

2) A universal problem with any low cut shoe... on those days when there's just enough trail moisture to pick up grit and loose stuff, there's a good chance some of it will find its way into the upper around the ankle. SO that's a minor issue and again is universal with any low cut MTB shoe.

At the end of the day this is a shoe you can wear and walk in a lot if you needed too., like hike out from the backside of the trail system if you had a mechanical, sans tools, tire boot or patch. I love these shoes for their performance and comfort.

Performance Balanced & Walkable Comfort

Great shoe overall

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes are awesome. These are the first cycling shoes I've owned. They are extremely comfortable while managing to be stiff in all the right ways. The carbon soles are perfect and have absolutely no flex. They have plenty of ventilation for summer (in Texas) and I've used them in cooler (45F) with toe covers and I wasn't too cold. My only gripe, and it's a minor one, is that the tightening system will consistently slip off of the guide in a specific place if I get them really tight. However, I am able to get them as tight as I'd like without that happening.

1st ride using SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44

After trying 2 other summer MTB cycling shoes which were ordered online, I was skeptical of ordering a third pair. I own a pair of Shimano winter cycling shoes and they fit great and they work great but are not for summer use as they are insulated. Happily the SH-XC7 fit and work just as well. The SH-XC7 are true to fit (for me size). They appear well made, they are stylish, form fitting and have great support and stiffness to the pedal yet they are comfortable to walk in. My first use was a 50+ mile with temps in the high 60's and they performed flawlessly.

Run small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

seem nice but CC rep assured me that these would fit the same as a 45 from years past (multiple pair of 45s over the years) but these are much narrower across the toe box. Same complaint with XC5s. Great return policy with CC but this guess and miss process gets old.

These are Fantastic!

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

I bought these shoes thinking I'd use them for commuting, but they are so comfortable, light and stiff that I use them for everything, including longer rides and racing. My previous shoes were high-end Sidis with the heel lock. The Shimanos are a very different fit - less glove-like but a roomier toe box. The result is I'm less likely to get hot spots on long rides since my feet are more relaxed. I went with the standard width despite having wide feet. A 47 fits my size 12 feet very well. Oh, and they're significantly lighter than my Sidis, and much easier to walk in.

Avg. ride time: 1h 40m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Light and comfy

    I'm coming from an old set of Shimano's that were about 8 years old, but the strap for the buckle on them was wearing out. These are much lighter and stiffer in the sole, yet still very comfy. Haven't had any issues with hot spots or any other comfort issues. The BOAs are really nice, do a great job of cinching the shoe down to exactly the right fit. Compared to my old shoes, the new material they use in the heel cup does a much better job keeping the heal in place. My only fear is with the durability of the all synthetic upper. I have a set of Shimano road shoes made with that material, and they scraped up and wore quite fast. We'll see if these hold up better over time. I only have about a 1/2 dozen rides on them, but they still look like they came out of the box (if not for some dirt on them).

    Thank you for the review!!!

    Avg. ride time: 9m per week
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    Comfy after a couple rides

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    It took a couple rides to properly break in these shoes, but once I did I've been very happy with them. Much stiffer than my last pair of Shimanos, but comfortable thanks to the BOA system. I didn't buy the wide version of these despite having relatively wide feet, and at first my pinky toes felt a bit smushed, but now I find these fit like a glove. Oh and the red color is awesome.

    Good shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    Super features, well built, especially love the full rubber covering of the bottom of the shoe. The BOA dials make adjustments easy and precise as well. The Shimano blue color you'll like or dislike (I thought it was OK). I kept the Pearl Izumi Project 1.0 over this shoe just because the Pearl fit my feet better, but in the absence of the Pearl I would have happily kept this shoe. No opinions on ride quality (sorry) as I needed to evaluate fit but wanted to return the shoe new.

    Not that great for the price

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

    If these cost less I would give them more stars but for the price they aren't that great. I bought these to replace my Northwave scorpious 2 plus shoes. For a shoe that boasts as a "XC Shoe" it's heavy, not very breathable, and bulky. I got the 10.5 (whatever it equates to in EU) and it seems just a bit too big. I could probably go down 1 size to get a better fit.

    Comfortable, true to size

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

    Very comfy yet stiff and true to size. I did end up a size larger than my past Shimano shoes (46 versus 45 in the past) but the American equivalent sizing appears to be right on. I personally prefer buckles to boa because of the shape of my foot. One boa has also already broken in a crash but it was cheap and very easy to replace.

    Comfortable shoe fits true to size

      This is an extremely comfortable shoe that fits true to size (I normally wear a size 12, and the 47cm shoe fits perfectly). The boa system allows an even tightening around the foot and the shoe isn't bulky. These shoes are meant to breathe which is awesome for summer riding, but not the best in colder weather. I would certainly recommend this shoe to riders of all abilities.