Five Ten Spitfire Shoe
The Spitfire is a casual all-day shoe that's designed to handle everything from pavement and dirt to BMX. The shoe's one-piece, non-marking Stealth Phantom outsole provides ultimate traction on all surfaces, and the classic skate profile with the low-top, lightly-cushioned cuff ensures a comfy fit with classic urban styling.
As I'm still fairly new at the mountain biking scene (and a bit budget-conscious), I'm not ready to go clipless on my mountain bike, but wanted a more attached feeling to the pedals. Kept reading great things about Five Tens on the forums, and the Spitfire seemed to make the most sense as an inexpensive entry into the Five Ten bike shoe lineup. First of all, the Stealth soles really do provide much better grip on my cheap pin platform pedals. That frequently seen comment about how you often have to really lift your foot up to reposition is actually true. The Stealth sole is much stiffer than my regular old cross-training type shoes I used before. The "collar" of the shoe around the ankles is fairly pronounced, which is really only noticeable when walking around in the shoes for awhile. It doesn't bother me while riding though. I did have to hike-a-bike for about 2 miles the other day (mechanical difficulty) and they're not great for extended walking, but that's not the purpose of the shoe so not a big problem. Fit was true to my normal shoe size and I love the look of the shoe as well, which is a nice bonus. Overall, a good way to start into Five Ten shoes… especially if you can get them on sale.