RIDE CONCEPTS WOMEN’S LIVEWIRE SHOE
Overall Rating: ★★★★
The Ride Concepts Livewire’s were the only true women’s specific mountain bike shoe that I tested. Without riding the men’s version, I am not sure how they differ in fit and feel, but they were true to size and performed as the all-terrain riding shoe they were made to be. They feature a D3O insole, which is a highly impact absorbing layer that combines with the shock absorbing EVA midsole to take the sting out of the trail. These anti-shock features make the Livewire’s feel thicker in the sole and more protected underfoot compared to other shoes tested, performing particularly well for aggressive riding and my days in the bike park.
The Livewire’s had a pretty good pedal feel under all those layers of protective soles but are on the stiffer side without being too much while walking around. The highly tacky rubber soles were the grippiest of the shoes tested but do show more signs of wear than the other pairs I rode, although I probably rode in these shoes the most so that may have something to do with it. The soft side of one midsole has a permanent “dent” in it from hitting a sharp edge, which I found interesting as the shoes are pretty durable otherwise. Since these shoes were the most protective and grippiest, I spent the most days in the bike park in Livewires, so I’m sure the lava rock and expose stumps at Mt. Bachelor accelerated my wear. Despite my outsole issue, the synthetic and mesh uppers withstood abrasion super well and still look brand new after extensive testing.
I really enjoyed the benefits of the Livewire’s for bike park riding, e-biking and when I wanted more support underfoot for the high impact landings of drops and jumps on a typical mountain bike trail. Overall, I would recommend the Ride Concepts Livewire’s for staying gripped to your pedals on steep, challenging descents and lapping lifts at the bike park.