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The dual compound of these Pearl shoes is trying to do both - a sticky area for the pedal interface and more durable rubber for walking surfaces. They’re also trying to deliver more support for all day pedaling \(which they do\). The trade off is wet weather grip and general grip with some pedals.
Less specifically, I think the GR7 is a better comparison. The Michelin sole is very grippy, the texture makes it better for hike-a-bike, and it’s way longer wearing compared to my Five Ten experience while overall also a light weight shoe.
Five Ten wins in terms of absolute grip with any pedal in the worst conditions but I don’t think that is the end-all/be-all for a lot of flat pedal users. In other words, Shimano/Pearl could probably make a shoe just as sticky but Five Ten owns their niche so why not focus on making a better all-around product? That’s my take on it anyways.
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