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Ride Concepts VICE – REVIEW

Ride Concepts VICE – REVIEW
Cut to the Chase
The comfort, control, and aesthetics of Ride Concepts’ “VICE” shoe are genuinely impressive. With incredible pedal grip and shock absorption, make this shoe ideal for a range of MTB riding. With a casual street styling, the Vice can be easily worn on or off the bike. Available now in a range of colours for men, women and kids, we urge you flats riders to try some for yourself.
Pros
Tread pattern and grip is outstanding
Internal toe protection
D30 provides excellent shock absorption
Suede upper is durable, protective and breathable
On and off bike casual styling
Anti-debris gusseted tongue
Cons
Would have liked to see some sort of lace storage, tidy strap

We All Have Our Vices, What’s Yours?

A smart blend of street and trail, the new ‘Vice’ shoe by Ride Concepts is heaven-sent for flat pedal riders of all disciplines. Form, function and comfort – these shoes have it all wrapped up in a low-cut package that wouldn’t be out of place at dinner with Mum. But dinner doesn’t do these performance riding shoes any justice.

We’ve reviewed a few shoes from Ride Concepts in the past, such as the Transition and the Powerline shoe, and have been very impressed with the level of quality and performance that they offer. The brand is continually growing and now offer riders a mix of specific riding shoes for a range of riding styles, from downhill, bike park, DJ and enduro.

The Vice shoe from Ride Concepts is a stylish flat pedal shoe that can be worn on or off the bike with ease.
Photo: @Jaime Black


Features

They might be pretty with their brushed suede, but the Vice shoe is made to party on the trails and in the street. D30 inner soles handle the big landings. There’s EVA protection all round, and a rugged outsole that also protects the toes.

The RC Fuzion outsole is the brains behind the grip of the Vice shoe, which features a sloped-angle inverse hexagon pattern tread varying in diameter from 9mm at the toe and heel to 7mm at the pedal contact area, to provide a more focused grip pattern on the pedal.

The suede upper is tough, easy to clean a fully gusseted tongue keeps the dirt on the outside, clamping down nicely with seemingly tough laces. They seem to breathe well, not too hot, but we’ll know for sure once the Aussie winter is over.

Overall they are stocky, yet lightweight on the foot – a nice balance of security and manoeuvrability.

RC Fuzion outsole with hexagonal grip. Photo: @Jaime Black
The tough outsole provides plenty of shock absorption for big landings. Photo: @Jaime Black
Gusseted tongue to keep debris out. Photo: @Jaime Black

Tech Specs

The RC Fuzion outsole with sloped-angle inverse hexagons shapes that vary in diameter from 9mm (rear) to 7mm (front) for a more targeted grip.
Photo: @Jaime Black


On The Trails

From the first ride, it’s clear that marrying your foot to a flat pedal is the sole focus of this shoe. Developed with Kyle Strait and a roster of MTB and BMX legends that dominate just about every surface you can ride, these shoes emanate comfort, connection and control of your bike.

As a long-time Vans rider, I expected a familiar sense of security on the pedal, and I was genuinely surprised by how well the “RC Fuzion” outsole hooked up with my HT pedals.

As you’d hope, no slipping and sliding – just traction on the pedals that provides confidence at speed, on the rough, and in the air. RC describes the sole as “an inverse, gradient diameter hexagon pattern designed to bring the pedal closer to the rider”. I’d say that’s pretty darn accurate.

The Vice shoe emanates comfort, connection and control of your bike. Photo: @Jaime Black
Developed with Kyle Strait and a roster of MTB and BMX legends that dominate just about every surface you can ridePhoto: @Jaime Black
No slipping and sliding – just traction on the pedals that provides confidence at speed, on the rough, and in the air. Photo: @Jaime Black

Conclusions

The comfort, control, and aesthetics of Ride Concepts’ “VICE” shoe are genuinely impressive. We were especially impressed with how stylish they look off the bike and yet have all the support and protection of a specific flat pedal MTB shoe. Available now in a range of colours for men, women and kids, we urge you flats riders to try some for yourself.

Price / Where to Buy

Ride Concepts VICE shoe: $204.95 (men’s)

Women’s $204.95 and Youth $169.95.

The Ride Concepts Vice shoe is distributed by Lusty Industries in Australia. You can find one of their dealers near you or ask at your local bike shop to get your feet in a pair.

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