Photo by David Niddrie
Looking for the perfect cycling shoe that will also survive the apocalypse long into the Mad Max era where people ride bikes instead of driving cars because there will be no fuel?
Look no further than the Teva Links Mid. A shoe designed to go anywhere on or off road you want to go. The construction of these shoes is extra burly with padded protection in all the right places. I’ve been outdoors both on and off the bike for hours at a time while in the rain and my feet stayed perfectly dry in these shoes. This apparently thanks to what Teva claims is their ion-mask™ technology, which is supposed to work on a molecular level to help the fibers repel water.
These riding shoes boast Teva’s Spider365 Rubber sole, which provides excellent pedal traction even in wet conditions. Worn in conjunction with good platform pedal, I feel like my feet are glued in place. The sole is also more rigid than ordinary sneakers to give you a little extra energy transfer to the pedals, which is definitely noticeable on longer rides.
Even off the bike these shoes perform very well doubling as light boots for a short trail hike.
My only gripe about these shoes is that the laces they came with are excessively long. I found that they slap against the frame of my bike while I ride, which gets annoying really fast. No big deal though; I simply cut the laces down to the length I like and tied the ends to prevent them from fraying.
The look of the shoes might be a bit too extreme for some folks but in all black they are still fairly low key. I feel they are an excellent all weather, all mountain bike shoe or for anyone wanting a really tough flat pedal shoe.