The Shimano SH-MT33 Mountain Shoes look like ordinary sneakers at first, but with a closer look it is apparent that they have the same level of
quality that is present in all shimano shoes. These Shoes are perfect for the leisurely or touring rider, as
Weaknesses: come with stickers to place inside to cover holes where cleats mount, supposed to keep water out???
I recently bought a used kona kahuna and have never ridden using clipless pedals. Since the bike came with them and due to the benefits of clipless pedals I searched around and ended up buying the shimano mt-33 shoes. I bought them primarily due to the sale price and was impressed when they arrived. Very good looking shoes, comfortable also, I had to order a 1/2 size larger. Dont know a whole lot about different brands of mt bike shoes, but these look good and are comfortable.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bellingham, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2012
Strengths: I’m extremely happy with the MT33L shoes. I bought them for Moab so I would have secure footing in the event that I had to dismount quickly or walk up the steep bits of slickrock. They had great traction on rock and the cleats (eggbeaters) rarely touched. My bike frame broke (Thank you very much Gary Fisher!) near the turn around point on Amasa Back. I had to walk all the way out. These shoes made that hike-a-bike much more pleasant. They are a very good looking shoe unlike many recreational mtb shoes. They are obviously heavier and less stiff than a racing shoe but they certainly don’t feel heavy or flexy. In fact they are impressively stiff for their class. They’re well ventilated & offer great protection for your feet. I’ve heard that Shimano shoes fall apart quickly. Time will tell on that - but they seem to be very well made. They do run a bit small. I usually wear a 42 or 42-1/2 but had to go for the 43’s and they are very comfortable. The laces were not at all too long or getting in the way of anything like some other people have reported. Price is very fair.