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Do you want socks with those? Boasting the greatest airflow ever in our footwear line-up, the humble Shimano SPD sandal has reached a significant milestone in its long and illustrious history. Yes, this purveyor of summer practicality has been gracing bike shop shelves for a quarter of a century and so deserves a special edition 25th year anniversary model, the new SD-501A. #RideShimano #ShimanoFootwear #SPD #sandals
Nope, this isn’t a joke. Shimano just released a 25th-anniversary edition of their classic SPD sandal – yup a Chaco-like creation that clips into your mountain bike pedals. In fact, they’ve been around and quite useful for a quarter century, finding a place on the feet of bikepackers and racers in super-hot climates where some extra ventilation and quick drying time is welcome.
And I’ll definitely be wearing socks.
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