Sombrio is a company that grew out of a need for clothing that's durable and functional for aggressive mountain biking. The seed was planted in '98 when freeride all-stars Dave Watson, Andrew Shandro, and a couple of friends, started what would grow into the industry-shaping, progressive mountain bike apparel specialist it is today. And now, after extensive development, Sombrio's entering the footwear business with the introduction of the low-top Float Shoe.Platform-specific mountain bike shoes have seen some improvement over the years, but they're still skate-style shoes with a stickier rubber compound that's often sourced from rock climbing. Rather than adopt an existing rubber compound, Sombrio perfected a compound for flat pedals. Through extensive research and design, Sombrio has come up with a new proprietary molecular rubber structure.This high-friction compound with FS Performance technology not only offers incredible grip to pedals and terra firma, its durometer conforms to pedals and provides a tangible interface. You'll know exactly where your foot lands for an unmatched sense of foot position. The soles' shape and sidewall is also slightly rockered for an enhanced sensitivity to the pedal-to-shoe interface.With that much attention given to the compound and sole shape, one might think the logo'd lugs are just an embellished afterthought. However, Sombrio found that the lugs, when cast positively, hooked pins. The added connection to the pedals reduces the chance for a slipped foot. Sombrio didn't stop there either. The outsoles are void of catch points ? it's the same pattern throughout. This provides a consistent feel for excellent foot position and dexterity to the pedals.Heel and arch support is provided by molded perforated polyurethane insole, what Sombrio calls Dura4rm. The inserts are antimicrobial, breathable, and lightweight. Most importantly though, the shock-absorbing Dura4rm absorbs impacts to help avoid injury on bailouts, and it prevents heel lift when pedaling. Crashes are inevitable, and the Float's leather uppers are tough enough to take a beating.The Sombrio Float Shoe's available in Black or Navy and White.
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