Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Introduces 25th Anniversary SPD Sandals

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Introduces 25th Anniversary SPD Sandals – by MG

In the 25 years since Shimano introduced its first SPD sandals, a lot has changed in the cycling world. And while bikes, and times change, the nearly cult status of Shimano’s SPD sandals has endured.

Shimano SPD sandals
The new Shimano SD-501A sandals celebrate 25 years of wind blowing through the toes while clipped in. Cheers to that!
Image: Shimano

I’ve long felt that SPD-compatible sandals are the perfect summer ‘shoe’ for gravel riding. Here in Nebraska, few things are better than going sock-free and letting the wind blow through my toes on a hot July or August ride.

Just in time for summer’s blazing heat, Shimano has launched a special 25th anniversary version of its beloved SPD sandal. The new SD-501A sandals are a throwback to the company’s second-generation SPD sandals, highlighted by the unique navy blue upper and throwback logo accents.

Here’s what Shimano has to say about the new sandals:

“The SPD sandal has cult status among a cycling sandal community, a passionate and unrelenting group of riders that is rooted in the Midwest, U.S. Unfazed by inclement conditions, many sandal riders face the elements year-round and are easily spotted by their crisscrossing tan lines, a mark of honor. Shimano recognizes and celebrates these riders from across the globe with these anniversary SD-501A sandals that are emblazoned with a special 25th anniversary logo and throwback Shimano SPD logos on each strap.

Shimano SPD sandals
The new sandals are compatible with any 2-bolt SPD-style cleats and pedals.
Image: Shimano

“Updating the classic design, Shimano brings back the retro look while delivering the durable construction, and function, that Shimano footwear is known for. With a dual comfort-lined strap closure and SPD compatible sole, the SD-501A sandals allow riders to securely clip into their pedals while still enjoying the cool breeze on their toes. The wide rubber sole is stable and comfortable for riding and walking and its semi-rigid (rated 4/12) midsole plate enables efficient pedaling.”

The 25th anniversary edition SD-501A sandals are available now in 38-48 (Euro) sizes. MSRP is a reasonable $130.

Riding Gravel will be reviewing the new Shimano SPD sandals soon. In the meantime, head over to Shimano’s website to learn more and find your nearest local Shimano footwear dealer.


Author: MG

Matt Gersib is the 2014 Gravel World Champion in the Fatbike category. He's also finished some of the most challenging gravel events in the country, including the Dirty Kanza XL, TransIowa and the Dirty Kanza 200, among others. In 2015, Gersib was an inaugural inductee into the DK200 "1,000 mile club" of five-time finishers. In addition to his gravel cycling, Gersib is an accomplished mountain bike racer, with numerous race wins and championships, including the 2012 Nebraska State Marathon MTB Championship.

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