So if there was another company out there with grippy rubber and the knowledge and success in other markets to back a foray into mountain biking then it would have to be Teva. Like 5-10, it’s a brand built on super grippy soles (though more aimed at paddlers and multi-sporters than climbers). But I’m guessing if you can make a shoe that grips to a slippery wet rock, you should be able to make a shoe that grips to a pedal. Teva think so and have put money on it, releasing two MTB flat pedal shoes, the Links and the Pinner. Designed by Jeff Lenosky, both feature Teva’s Spider365 sticky rubber. On top of releasing the shoes they are sponsoring Jeff Lenosky, Kurt Sorge and freeride superstar Cam McCaul, as well as signing on as best trick sponsor for Crankworx this year. Availability is looking like June in the US so it would be a few months later for good old New Zealand I’d say, but I’ll try to get some details from the New Zealand distributor. In the meantime you could email them here and find out where and when they will be available.

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