A good day of mountain biking starts when you hear the click of cleat into pedal and you start spinning your legs towards the trailhead. Give your feet something to be happy about when you start laying down the power with the Shimano SH-ME3 women's cycling shoes. With a recreationalist's balance of comfort and performance, they feature a middle level of flex, allowing for the stiffness necessary for laying down power but enough flex that you won't be cursing them when you need to hike-a-bike, The sole starts out with lightweight rubber, and an all-around tread, so you have traction in all conditions when you're not on the bike, and a TORBAL midsole allows for your natural flow motion while in the saddle. Fiberglass reinforcement on the midsole gives you the stiffness you need for mashing up punchy climbs without adding much weight, and still allowing for comfortable flex. Up top, supple synthetic leather wraps your foot securely, and a mesh patch near the toes helps prevent roasted piggies on sun-blanched trails. Holding your foot in place are two hook-and-loop straps over your forefoot and instep, and a reverse-buckle up top offers precise tightening that ratchets down, hiding the excess strap so it doesn't get hung up on trail debris. The shoe is built on a women's specific last, so it's narrower than Shimano's men's line, providing a fit tuned more towards our narrower feet. This is especially prevalent in the ankle, where it's slim and hugs your heel into place, preventing slipping on a climb laden with power moves.