Mountain bike-specific shoes can be expensive which makes it tempting to make do with an old pair of trainers. However, picking up a pair of mountain bike shoes brings some considerable benefits, in terms of comfort, protection, and control. If you've been holding off picking up a new pair or your old MTB shoes are getting a bit worse for wear then we recommend checking out the new year sales – with the help of this guide to the best new year mountain bike shoe deals available, you may well find yourself a bargain.
Finding the best mountain bike shoes for your feet could be the difference between all-day comfort and instant pain. You can have the best carbon-fiber wheelset and trickest new suspension bits, but without an ergonomically appropriate shoe, a long day of mountain biking can become agony. And whether you're looking for clipless or MTB flat pedal shoes, lightweight XC or enduro, there are numerous combinations of sizes, colors, and specifications out there, to make sure you find the best MTB shoes to match your feet and your riding style.
To help make sure you don't miss out on the best new year mountain bike shoe deals, we've done the hard work for you, and hunted down what we think are the best deals online right now. Obviously, it's only worth taking advantage of the offers if the MTB shoes are available in your size – though it's worth noting that if you have particularly small or particularly large feet, there are often better deals to be found.
Top PIcks US
- Specialized S-Works Recon Mountain Bike shoes. Was
$424.99, now $269.77
- Leatt DBX 5.0 Clipless Shoes. Was
$139.99, now $64.00
- Five Ten Hellcat women's MTB shoes. Was
$150.00, now $59.94
- Five Ten Sleuth DLX MTB shoes. Was
$140.00, now $55.94
- Shimano SH-IC500 Women's shoes. Was
$125.00, now $49.94
- Pearl iZumi X-Alp Flow mountain bike shoes. Was
$100.00, now $49.83
Top picks UK
- Ride Concepts Hellion Womens MTB shoes. Was
£109.95, now from £49.99
- Ride Concepts Vice Mens MTB Cycling shoes. Was
£89.95, now £44.99
- Specialized Recon 1.0 MTB Cycling shoes. Was
£99.99, now £74.00
- Five Ten Trailcross XT MTB shoes. Was
£140.00, now from £77.00
- Shimano XC502 MTB shoes. Was
£139.00, now from £86.00
- Muddyfox MTB100 men's cycling shoes. Was
£79.99, now £27.00
Where are the best new year mountain bike shoe deals in the US?
Many of the major bike retailers will be offering significant discounts over the new year period, but it's also worth checking out cycling brands' own websites, and more general retailers – such as Amazon – who may be offering exciting new year deals on mountain bike shoes.
New year mountain bike shoe sales: US
Save 37% on Specialized S-Works Recon Mountain Bike Shoes at Mikes Bikes
$424.00, now $269.77
Finding the best mountain bike shoes can be tough going, but with the S-Works Recon shoes, Specialized has made the choice simple. Exceptional power transfer? Check. Gram-counter approved? Check. Undeniable style? You got it. With the S-Works Recon you get XC-focused mountain bike shoes that truly have no compromises.
This updated, lighter version of the classic Hellcat shoe is built for aggressive downhill riding. It features a Stealth Marathon outsole to absorb shocks, while providing grip whether you're pedaling or climbing across rocks and roots on foot.
Save 60% on Five Ten Sleuth DLX at Jensons USA
$140.00, now $55.94
The type of shoes you wear while you're riding have a significant impact on your performance and comfort. With the right shoes, you'll have more control and higher performance. The Five Ten Sleuth DLX are designed to be your best mountain bike shoes. They feature non-marking, high-friction Stealth Phantom rubber outsoles, one-piece molded rubber cupsoles, a suede upper, and lace closure. These are perfect for shredding the trails.
60% Off Shimano SH-IC500 Women's Shoes at Jenson USA
$125.00, now $49.94
The Shimano SH-IC500 Women's Shoes are performance indoor SPD cycling shoe with a comfortable fit and breathability. They have a breathable, comfortable sock mesh upper design and easily open, tighten, and adjust with the Boa L6 dial. The full-length reinforced plate provides stable power transfer and the full-length rubber sole makes it easy to walk.
60% off Five Ten Trailcross XT Women's flat pedal shoes at Jenson USA
$165.00, now $65.94
Combining walk-ability with a legendary Five Ten Stealth rubber sole, the Trailcross XTs are the perfect adventure flat pedal shoes.
54% off Leatt DBX 5.0 Clipless Shoes at Wiggle
$139.99, now $64.00
If you struggle with getting your cleats far enough back then Leatt's DBX 5.0 clipless shoes have an extended SPD cleat channel to give more adjustment. The upper is made from a 3D knit and PU construction that claims to have better breathability without affecting water resistance.
There is a women's version with exactly the same savings too.
50% off Shimano XC5 women's mountain bike shoe at Competitive Cyclist
$170.00, now $84.95
With its sleek, low-profile design, the Shimano XC5 is designed to keep you aerodynamic on race day. There's a stiff fiberglass sole to ensure power gets transferred to the pedals, while the synthetic upper offers support to your foot.
Up to 50% off Specialized 2FO ClipLite mountain bike shoe at Competitive Cyclist
$119.95, now $99.95
Specialized's 2FO ClipLite is an enduro and downhill shoe that isn't too bulky but still up to enduro and downhill riding. Rather than laces, the 2FO ClipLite features two Boa dials for a secure fit.
Up to 29% off Specialized Rime Flat Mountain Bike Shoe at Competitive Cyclist
$139.99, now from $99.00
Specialized Rime is a great flat pedal shoe that balances on and off the bike performance making them perfect for backcountry riding and bikepacking where hike-a-bike is often required.
34% off Five Ten Impact Pro (women's) at Competitive Cyclist
$159.99, now $104.95
These sturdy shoes are designed to give you maximum grip on flat pedals, using a Stealth S1 outsole with traction bumps to avoid slippage – even when it's wet and muddy. You also get a reinforced upper for improved durability, and a Poron XRD foam toe cap.
56% off Specialized 2FO DH Flat Mountain Bike Shoe at Competitive Cyclist
$159.99, now $69.95
These downhill MTB shoes are designed to be comfortable both on and off the bike. We found the SlipNot 2.0 rubber provides plenty of grip and dampening on the pedals when we put the 2FO DH flat shoes to the test.
Whether you're hitting your local singletrack or adventuring further afield the Terra Ergolace X2 is a great shoe for riding in. A ripstop upper is combined with a Vibram sole for grip on the pedals, we also think they look pretty good too.
The lightweight Shimano ME2 MTB shoes are at home in the hills, with their rubber outsoles offering plenty of grip in a range of conditions. The three hook-and-loop straps are designed to keep the shoes secure while dispersing force across the foot for greater comfort.
These lace-up flat MTB shoes feature dual-compound soles, which use the soft and sticky rubber at the ball of the foot to improve traction with your pedals. They also provide plenty of shock absorption for those times you hit the ground a little harder than intended.
Up to 64% off Ride Concepts Powerline Flat MTB shoes at ProBikeKit
$168.99, now from $59.99
These flat MTB shoes feature a high-step EVA midsole for stability, while the weather-resistant microfiber upper is both fully-welded and breathable. You also get an asymmetrical medial collar with D3O impact protection.
Where are the best new year mountain bike shoe deals in the UK?
The new year period has traditionally been an important time for sales in the UK, so you can expect to find significant discounts with most British retailers. As it is for most things, Amazon is often a good place to visit, as well as the specialist bike stores offering excellent new year mountain bike shoe deals. You can also check out cycling brands' homepages for big new year MTB shoe discounts.
It's worth checking out these retailers:
New Year mountain bike shoe sales: UK
Save up to 38% on Shimano XC502 MTB Shoes at Sigma
£139.00, now £86.00
Benefitting from trickle-down technology from Shimano's flagship S-PHYRE range, the XC502 MTB Shoes deliver performance at great value. The glass fibre reinforced sole efficiently transfers power through the pedals while the low stack height further increases efficiency and stabilises the foot. The shoes utilise Shimano's latest outsole technology, with ULTREAD compound maximising traction and durability.
Save up to 45% on Five Ten Trailcross XT MTB Shoes at Wiggle
£140.00, now from £77.00
Created to meet the demands of the modern mountain biker, the Five Ten Trailcross XT MTB Shoes are first and foremost a high-performance flat pedal MTB shoe. But they also excel when you're off the bike, scoping out trails, exploring and hiking.
Up to 50% off Ride Concepts Vice Men's MTB Cycling Shoes at Tredz
£89.95, now from £44.99
The RC Fuzion outsole with exclusive inverse gradient hexagons utilizes their DST 6.0 High Grip rubber for the optimal blend of traction and durability. The removable insole features D3O impact protection material under the ball of the foot and heel for increased resilience and comfort from hard landings. Between the insole and upper they've placed 3mm of EVA for additional support and comfort.
Save up to 26% on Specialized Recon 1.0 MTB Cycling Shoes at Tredz
£99.99, now from £74.00
With the Recon 1.0 Specialized's goal was simple - put S-Works Recon-inspired performance in a very accessible package. Easier said than done, but they have created a shoe with Body Geometry comfort and efficiency in a durable, dirt-focused shoe. Mission accomplished.
Save up to 55% on Ride Concepts Hellion Womens MTB Shoes at Tredz
£109.95, now from £49.99
The Hellion all-mountain mountain bike shoe is the pace-setter of the session series, with an all-out emphasis on increased protection, durability, and awesomeness. For hard-charging riders who seek out the gnarliest conditions, the Hellion ups the ante when it comes to foot comfort and pedal control.
50% off Northwave Rebel 3 MTB shoes 2022 at Chain Reaction
£179.99, now £89.99
Northwave's Rebel 3 shoes feature a Carbon XC 12 sole, which features a full carbon insert around the pedal/cleat area to aid power transfer to your pedals. They also use the clever SLW3 system to create a snug, comfy fit.
30% off Five Ten Freerider DLX MTB cycling shoes at Wiggle
£110.00, now £77.00
These flat-pedal shoes look good enough to wear away from the bike, but they also pack a technical punch. These tough shoes feature a durable, flexible PU-coated upper and – the manufacturers claim – become more supple and comfortable the more you wear them.
32% off Sidi Tiger 2 SRS carbon MTB cycling shoes at Wiggle
£410.00, now £277.50
Comfortable, durable and efficient, these shoes feature an MTB SRS Carbon-Ground carbon fibre sole for improved power transfer on your bike. The SRS (sole replacement system) sole also features replaceable cleat plates, and heel and toe tread blocks to improve their longevity.
77% off Specialized 2FO Flat 2.0 mountain bike shoes at Sigma Sports
£145.00, now £34.00
These shoes may be flat but Specialized's SlipNot 2.0 rubber means you have to compromise on grip or stability on your pedals. The thermobonded upper is also designed to have a light, durable finish that won't snag on branches on the trails.
66% off Muddyfox MTB100 men's cycling shoes at Evans Cycles
£79.99, now £27.00
These off-road shoes get extra traction from the moulded outsole, while the three hook and loop straps are there to provide a secure, comfortable fit.
50% off Pinnacle Maple Ladies mountain bike shoes at Evans Cycles
£99.99, now £50.00
The nylon soles on these MTB shoes come with the option to add studs beneath the toes when things get super muddy. The synthetic microfibre upper is also designed to be breathable enough to keep your feet cool when required.
These flat MTB shoes use O’Neal's honeycomb sole structure to help them grip the pedals. The lace-up design, meanwhile, is designed to keep the shoe secure while also maintaining a casual look you can happily wear off the trail.
52% off Specialized Tahoe women's MTB shoe (blue) at Hargroves
£75.00, now £35.99
These Specialized shoes feature a "Lollipop" inner plate to ensure they're both stiff enough for riding and flexible enough for walking – good news if you'll be spending a lot of time off your bike. The Lacelock elastic, meanwhile, keeps laces away from chainrings.
Even more mountain bike sales
If you are upgrading your footwear it is also worth budgeting for a new set of pedals too. Bike Perfect's best mountain bike clipless pedals and best flat pedal guides have all the information as well as our pick of the best products available.
Looking for more deals over the new year period? Check out Bike Perfect's other round-ups of the best deals around.
If you're specifically looking to upgrade your bike, then our mountain bike wheel deals article may well be of interest. We also have a dedicated round-up of all the best MTB clothing deals and MTB helmet deals to help you find those bargains.
If you're looking for top cycling tech, check out our Garmin deals article for the best offers around.
And finally, for more ideas on getting more performance from your mountain bike, check out our best mountain bike upgrades guide for some suggestions on how to improve your set-up.