Exclusive Look: Mission Workshop’s SPD Sneakers Jul 12, 2010

Ironically, as I was singing the praise of riding in sneakers, the guys at Mission Workshop ( @MissionWorkshop ) gave me an exclusive first look at a new shoe they’re in the process of working on. One special detail sets these apart from other attempts at glory; SPD cleats. Yep. Finally, a simple and clean silhouette you can wear to the bar and the office while riding your favorite steed equipped with SPD pedals. Hell, because of the recessed cleat, you can ride toeclips too! Not bad at all. I might actually have to try a pair out and maybe give a few away on Prolly is not Probably.

Stay tuned for future details as events warrant.

  • These are rad.

  • Scott

    Nicely done

  • Kelly

    These are amazing. The best part is the ability to go from clips to clipless without changing shoes.

  • oneangrytoast

    do you always refer to your blog in third person? ;)

  • blair

    oh man, i’ve been waiting for a professionally-constructed SPD sneaker for years. SO stoked.

  • Lowell

    If they need any one to test a larger size (13) send them over my way.

  • I’d hit that.

  • Gordon

    THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL!

  • Very clever with the sole tread pattern. Nice idea fellas.

  • Burd

    Clean.

  • WANT!

  • Finally! I’ve been waiting for years. both Adidas and Vans tried, but none got anywhere near this close to the perfect hybrid show. I cannot wait to buy these!

  • mmmmm i like, i like! Check out the
    AGU AQ24 MTB Shoe at Nashbar though, it’s $30 and i’m digging the pair they sent.

  • jordan

    i hope it doesn’t fit like their other shoe. i hated them as they destroyed my feet and others i talked to

  • What other shoe? They’re working with a company that specializes in sneakers like this…

  • austin

    FINALLY! I have posted several times in the comments section about wanting something EXACTLY like this. When the BMW shoes came out and i thought this is what they were, those reissue Cinellis…man, this is so so so so awesome.

  • JD

    I use Time ATAC pedals, and I hope the MW tested these shoes out with non-Shimano mountain bike cleats. I am hoping that the ATAC cleats won’t protrude out of the recessed area past the tread. Anybody from MW want to comment?

  • Brett

    Hopefully they dont fall apart like my chrome shoes did.

  • brett

    and no air holes? who sweats anyways?

  • I knew it would take a small bike company to finally do urban SPD shoes right. Sorry Shimano your shoe designs are lame (hire or steal some good ones). And sorry Nike you hit the nail on the head for Bejing but utterly failed to market it or put it at an attainable price point (but im sure theyll hop back on once these MW’s get popular). Im actually surprised it wasnt Chrome, since theyve already made their own shoes for a few years, you think the leap to a semi stiff sole with SPD would have been obvious.

  • Jen

    WOW!!!!! I’ve been looking for something like these for ages. The profile on these shoes is perfect. I really hope that they make them in womens sizes.

  • prettyboy

    This is a great idea, I’m shocked it has taken this long for a shoe like this to be released. They remind me of Vans old skools a little. The Vans Warners are a good comfortable shoe that looks like a skate shoe (if you’re into that sort of thing). They are well constructed and last as a result of this. However because of the shape of the sole and depth of the recess the cleat sticks out slightly, not good. Also with that style of sole there seems to be more wear parallel to the recess on both sides, may be it’s to do with surface area and load distribution, may be it’s just because that’s where you walk. Perhaps a denser compound in that area would fix that issue.

  • Craig

    Want want want.

  • Igor

    I would love to test these badboys out in a 9.5 ;)

  • wesley

    looks good in the photo! and ben, chrome IS doing a casual spd shoe. saw a crew of people shooting photos of them on the streets in SF a couple of months ago. don’t know when they’re coming out though.

  • danny

    To all of the comments saying “why hasn’t a shoe like this been released”.

    http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661Bike.aspx?id=98342a29-3236-424a-bc19-80ccae7ab32c&product=8f39445a-6a88-44ff-b0ed-254eee406449

    http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/shoes/mtb/product.-code-SH-MP66W.-type-.html

    http://shop.vans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=592020&storeId=10001&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&vcategoryId=SEARCH

    I’m thinking that cleat pocket will be more of an issue than anything else, especially if you’re running pedals with a larger platform area around the actually spd/crank bros/whywouldyourunanythingelse clipless mech.

    But thats just speculation.

  • coz

    To all of the comments saying “why hasn’t a shoe like this been released”: *snip*

    ^those are not like these

  • Nice. I actually have a very similar pair from Lake, but they discontinued that model for some reason. I’ve been wearing them sparingly, hoping to make them last.

  • danny

    Just curious coz, describe to me the ways these are ‘not like’ other spd sneakers?

  • austin

    yeah danny, those are great…if you wanna look like a RAVER

  • llortaem

    Yeah, they should test the compatibility with other MTB clipless systems like TIME atac / eggbeaters and let us know. Looks great so far though.

  • Dizzle

    To all of the comments saying “why hasn’t a shoe like this been released”.

    http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661Bike.aspx?id=98342a29-3236-424a-bc19-80ccae7ab32c&product=8f39445a-6a88-44ff-b0ed-254eee406449

    http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/shoes/mtb/product.-code-SH-MP66W.-type-.html

    http://shop.vans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=592020&storeId=10001&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&vcategoryId=SEARCH

    I’m thinking that cleat pocket will be more of an issue than anything else, especially if you’re running pedals with a larger platform area around the actually spd/crank bros/whywouldyourunanythingelse clipless mech.

    But thats just speculation.

    I think they mean a pair that doesn’t look uber gay. The Mission workshop shoes look awesome, whereas all of the others in your post looked like platform shoes or soccer shoes.

  • TJ

    SPD-SL?

  • Fabio Rattazzi

    Austin, maybe I can answer to your question,
    all these shoes are different ‘cos they aren’t vulcanized, only the Vans one might be but you don’t even want to try to walk around with them….no flex, heavy and really hot, plus the velcro strap wrapping your uncles can be really painful

  • dontcoast

    TJ, SPD-SL = 3 hole road cleat = not recessed = not gona work on a “casual” shoe

    (i like my 2008 adidas super pro classics for good looking “road pedal” stuff and i think Velo Orange has a nice one as well)

  • Dale

    So to those who are wondering, I can only assume that the Crank Bros and Time would work fine, considering those are crank bros cleats in the picture, and those stick out the most of any of them.

  • liz

    WANT! in a ladie’s size 7.5, please

  • no thanks, ill stick with my nike gyrizo dunks…