My top (3) MTB cycling shoes in 2018 are the Giro VR90's, Mavic's Fury & the Sidi Dragon II's solely because of their design and not because of popularity. I mostly ride a Track bike and a Cyclocross bike when commuting around the city and I love the feeling of being locked onto my bike. A good number of my homies ride with Hold Fast straps, Toe cages + straps or no foot retention at all. Ive tried all three over the past couple years and I always find myself going right back to MTB shoes + Time Atac pedals.
First up, I’ve always loved the Mavic Fury's because of the aggressive design but I never liked how the Men's shoe only came in all Yellow or all black. My 2nd favorite are the Sidi Dragon II's because of the ferocious look, easy and comfortable fastener cables & most importantly, interchangeable sole plates. Owning a shoe where you can replace the sole with brand new inserts and bring the shoe back to life is so damn important. Making the Sidi Dragon possibly be the best Cycling shoe in existence! My only drawback from the shoe is the price. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on a pair of cycling shoes? Damn. Lastly, the Giro VR90's are my 3rd favorite because of how simple and beautiful they are. They almost look like regular everyday sneakers on your feet when you wear your favorite jeans matched with a Flight Jacket. The laces are the best touch for a cycling shoe making the VR90's one of a kind.
I decided to illustrate the (3) shoes instead of taking photographs because the pairs I have in my closet are destroyed from years of abusive riding around the world. Also, drawing makes me happy :)
Before you go, Tell me.... Which shoe do you prefer?