Shimano AM5 Shoes

Words Tim Coleman
Photos Kaz Yamamura (unless noted)
Date May 5, 2016

Late last year Shimano launched three new off-road shoes. The AM5 is clipless pedal-specific and it’s the cheapest of the three. In a side by side comparison it appears as though the AM5 sole and footbed is identical to the beloved AM45, with a more casual appearance and no lace cover. The AM5 uses a synthetic leather upper, bonded to a raised rubber outsole. The AM5 is available in Army Green as tested, or black.

The fit, comfort and stiffness of the AM45 in a more casual exterior.

Sizing wise the AM5 feels very similar to other Shimano shoes I currently own. From my experience Shimano’s shoe sizing is fairly consistent. These shoes feel instantly familiar, but the AM5 feels a little more padded around the top of the foot than the old AM45.

Green with envy?

Green with envy? Photo – Tim Coleman

The old shoe lace cover has been downsized to a lace strap, which works well to keep the laces out of your drive train. The pinky toe protection of the AM45 remains, and the weight is similar at 940 grams. Without the shoe lace cover on the AM5 the shoe might breathe a little easier, but I honestly did not notice a significant difference to the AM45.

The AM5 was instantly comfortable with a sole that offers just the right amount of stiffness for gravity assisted cycling.

For $100 USD the AM5 offers a great mix of comfort, durability, stiffness and style. For warm / dry days I preferred the AM5 to the old AM45, but think I will prefer a shoe with a lace cover on wet and cold days. If you want a lace cover you’ll have to look at the more expensive AM9, which offers less protection, but is lighter.


No lace cover but solid protection.

Since the AM5 appears to have virtually identical construction to the AM45, I expect the AM5 to be a durable work horse shoe for year round riding on both the DH and trail bike.

The Shimano AM5 feels equally at home pedaling up as blasting descents

The Shimano AM5 feels equally at home pedaling up as blasting descents

Fit and comfort is similar to the AM45, which for my feet is excellent. Ultimately the AM5 is a styling update on the AM45, and I think that’s a good thing, because the AM45 was already a great shoe.

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Do these hit the mark for you?

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megrim  - May 6, 2016, 7:28 a.m.

I found the AM9 to be a little on the soft side. They had quite more flex than the M200's. I found that I felt less control with the AM9 than either the M200 or the Specialized 2FO clip. One thing I'll have to give to the 9's is that they are way warmer in nasty conditions.


Tim Coleman  - May 6, 2016, 7:34 a.m.

I haven't ridden the AM9 yet, but I'm not surprised by your comment. I believe the AM5 and old AM45 were intended as gravity MTB shoes. The AM9 is likely in the same boat. If you're looking for a stiffer the sole the M200 would be the obvious choice from Shimano. For me personally I like the degree of flex in the sole of AM5 / AM45.


sospeedy  - May 6, 2016, 3:51 a.m.

How is the rubber on that sole? Sticky on the pedal if not clipped in?


Tim Coleman  - May 6, 2016, 7:31 a.m.

Its on the stickier side, but I wouldn't call it uber soft. It does feel nicely tacky to the hand. I ride on XT trail pedals, and the grip seemed adequate to get you through a nasty section unclipped.


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