I’ve worn a few different Shimano flat pedal shoes over the years, and I’ve always got on well with them, but the GR7 is outwardly quite different to the old AM41 and the more recent AM7.
The most obvious difference is that the new shoes have a simple lace-up design, with no external flaps covering the laces. This is a bit of a double-edged sword. It does make them easier to lace and looks better, but those clumsy flaps on the older shoes do keep water and mud out, making the GR7 more of a 3-season shoe for me.
That said, the synthetic leather upper does a good job of keeping out the inevitable water splashes and it dries quickly too. In warmer weather, the perforations at the toe will help keep feet cool and dry.
I really like the stretch neoprene ankle collar, which helps keep them in place and stops debris getting in. And also the reinforced toe, which offers perfect protection against rock or tree stump strikes – but it is quite noticeable at first and feels a little clumsy feeling.
The Michelin GR7 sole is very supportive, providing a secure underfoot platform that gripped well on my pedals. The sole is wide too, so there’s lots of surface area for the pedals to bite into. The low-profile tread pattern provided some grip when walking in the mud.
They’re available in 2 colours: bright blue or a grey and green combo, with matching laces.
► Verdict: Really nice trail shoes with a supportive and comfortable fit.
► Best for: Best for: 3 season trail use.
Review by Steph Duits