Minimalist footwear took running by storm a few years ago, but cycling seemed non-plussed by the trend. Now, the Lintamam Minimalist 2.1 brings flat soled, ultralight designs to roadies with a very unconventional design. Built on a 4.5mm thick, totally flat carbon fiber sole, the Minimalist 2.1 adds a mesh upper with some reinforcements to keep its shape. It pairs that with a multi-adjustable heel cup that lets you reposition the heel support inside or outside the shell to change how much pressure using to retain your foot.

Lintaman Minimalist 2 ultralight flat sole carbon mesh cycling shoe with mid-sole cleat position option

The outsole allows for cleat placement from the normal front positions all the way to a true mid-sole position. They say the benefit is that you’re using more quad and less calf muscle, which could save triathletes on the run (and they do acknowledge the potential cornering issues it presents…but hey, options). The shape is wider than most bike shoes, too, allowing for more natural toe splay. Because of the adjustable heel cup and retention, they limit production to just seven sizes, but they say that’ll cover everything from a 37 to 49.5. Retail is $149.95.

Lintamin Adjust Plus road cycling shoes with multiple BOA dial positions to customize the fit

The more traditional cycling shoes from Lintaman are their Adjust Plus, which gives you a ton of ways to tweak the fit. Multiple loops and routing for the retention cables make it possible to keep some areas open and loose, and others tight and secure.

Lintamin Adjust Plus road cycling shoes with multiple BOA dial positions to customize the fit

The other benefit is they can adjust to thinner or thicker socks more easily, or different size feet from left to right. They’re available with a full carbon, SPD-compatible sole for $350. An optional Speedplay specific sole is also available. Or opt for a nylon sole for road or mountain bike for $199. Check them out at Lintaman.com.

Lake Cycling Shoes

Lake Cycling Shoes urban camouflage in multiple colors

Lake’s been offering a couple of camo prints, and the colors keep coming. Choose from red/gray, blue, white/gray/black and traditional green/brown. Some colors are available only on certain models, though: Look for the Forest Camo on the MX 237 Endurance mountain bike shoe, red for the MX 241 Endurance, blue for their MX 332 mountain bike shoe, and white/gray in the CX237 road shoe.

Some models also come in special edition prints and ultra-shiny or iridescent colors, too. And they’re still offering their custom program, too, so you can get just about any print on your road, cyclocross or mountain bike shoes. See all the options at LakeCycling.com.

Exustar Gravel Cycling Shoes

Exustar knit mesh upper gravel cycling shoes

These new knit kicks from Exustar look like they could be great gravel road bike shoes, combining breathability with protection. Offering a synthetic outer web structure to retain its shape better than a full knit upper, we’d like to see a bit more tread on the bottom for real dirty riding, so could be that they’re aimed more at racers. The soft knit cuff should do a great job of keeping grit and small rocks out, not to mention streamlining the aerodynamics. Retail and availability TBD.

size 59 road bike shoe from Exustar custom cycling shoe program

These two shoes were on display to show their custom capabilities, which isn’t really a feature they promote heavily, but it’s there if you’re willing to pay for it. The smaller shoe is a size 35, and the bigger one is a whopping 59! And, yes, they actually make these boats for one single customer. That’s a “plus” sized iPhone for comparison. Exustar also makes helmets, shades, pedals and more, all on display at Exustar.com.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Can you verify Lintaman’s contacts? Their site will not allow checkout or account registration. The email to contact them provided on the their site fails. Looking pretty dodgy at this point.

    • Hi Michael,
      Sorry you experienced a problem with the checkout, this problem seems to happen to random customers. Could you try again but jump straight to the PayPal checkout button instead of our own user interface? Thanks again,
      Chris Lintaman.

      • I am also unsuccessfully trying to buy your shoes using the Paypal option. I sent an email to the info address and hope to hear from somebody soon. Buying something doesn’t have to be this difficult…

  2. Some clever ideas there, nice to see some designers thinking out of the box. I’m still looking for the ultimate flat pedal MTB shoe (and I’ve tried a lot)

  3. I have a pair of the Lintamen minimal shoes and they are awesome. I love the light weight and the ability to play with midfoot clear positioning.

    • Make the sole even more like a human foot shape. The widest part of a normal human foot is the big toe!Altra and Topo make running shoes like that. Toe off is awesome. I guess it would have benefits on the bike too.

    • Printed Lintaman shoe layout from their website.
      Lintaman shoe is too long and narrow for my feet shape. Like really poor fit, more than 1cm too long and already about 0.5cm too narrow.

    • The heel moves inwarts so a little to long shouldnt be a problem with the minimals. I wrote them and they say the minimal will get a wider fit by the end of the year. I really need new cycling shoes and wait for more than half a year now. I really hope they will implement more toe splay!

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