Anyone who’s been around cyclo-tourists, recumbent riders, or even serious rando-dads for long enough has probably spotted the rare Shimano SPD sandal. Well, it’s apparently been 25 years since the clipless sandals first debuted, so Shimano decided it was time for a special limited edition refresh, time to give bikepackers & gravellers a shot at a new look, and once again time to prioritize hot weather function over… well, any sense of style or fashion…

25th Anniversary edition Shimano SPD sandals

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

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Is there anything more brave than ignoring the peer pressure of conformity that says you should wear normal cycling shoes if you are going to ride clipless pedals, that you shouldn’t just strap some cleats to the soles of a pair of sandals – socks or not – and just let the breeze blow through your toes? All kidding aside, the Shimano SD-5 sandal has long been popular, even if a bit niche. A minimalist design popular among casual cyclists, they even got a performance update four years back after Shimano celebrated 25 years of the clipless SPD pedal itself.

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

So, now to celebrate 25 years since those venerable sandals launched, Shimano is issuing a throwback navy blue commemorative edition.

SD-501A sandal – Tech details

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

The anniversary SD-501A SPD sandals aren’t significantly changed since their last update (don’t mess with a classic), although they do get a simplified synthetic upper for more retro styling with classic yellow SPD logos.

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

They do also get an all-new textured foot bed that promise more secure grip under your toes.

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

The SPD sandals feature two adjustable velcro straps for closure, a walk-ably flexible sole with a 4/12 stiffness rating, and a deep & wide lugged sole for use with 2-bolt mountain bike SPD cleats.

Shimano SPD sandals, special 25th Anniversary edition clipless cycling sandals, SH-SD501A

The 25th Anniversary SPD sandal is available starting this week through regular Shimano footwear retailers online & in brick and mortar shops – selling for $130 a pair in unisex 38-48 EU sizing. While most riders prize them for riding in hot weather, there’s no shortage of enthusiastic sandal devotees that will pull on a pair of socks and rock them year-round.

bike.Shimano.com

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scottg
scottg
1 year ago

Long live Saint Sheldon of Brown.
Ride in Sheldon’s sandals.

luggednut
1 year ago

Oh yes, I owned these back in the day–lasted a summer then they split at cleat interface just like my Keen SPD sandals did later. Even went a couple of mountain bike rides with them…bad idea.

carbonfodder
carbonfodder
1 year ago

still got ’em. ride ’em once a year, just because it makes my riding buddies so distraught. I will get a new pair as my v1s are starting to show some age! Thank you Shimano.

Matthias
Matthias
1 year ago

The only clipless shoes worth using, style be damned!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Mandels making a comeback!

Gillis
Gillis
1 year ago

I won a pair at a Shimano tech clinic. I never thought the were comfortable. All those edges would rub on my feet making it unbearable for anything more than a beer run.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Had a pair of these back in the day. Not sure which version. Loved them except they created huge hot spots on the ball of my foot right where the cleat plate was. Wonder if they ever addressed that?

edge
edge
1 year ago

This is a coupe of days late for Father’s Day. With socks it just screams DAD!!!!

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
1 year ago

Coming soon to a smelly guy on a Surly with a Bluetooth speaker playing Bob Marley near.

kbark
kbark
1 year ago

at $138 for that why did they ever stop making them? Basically printing money.

Jacob N
Jacob N
1 year ago

only allowed to where them on RAGBRAI though

Gordon
Gordon
1 year ago

Amen to Saint Sheldon!

87th best dad
1 year ago

April 1st was a while ago, right?