No, this shoe is not designed after the dude from Quiet Riot. But who then is Diddie Schneider? One of the top bike terrain park builders in the world, that’s who. Anyone who rides slopestyle, DH, freeride or MX knows that the right track makes all the difference. FiveTen has been working with champion designer Diddie to produce the ultimate track-building boot, ideal for riding as well as contouring trails. These specialy shoes feature a Nubuck leather upper that fights stains and water; a low-profile, cage-compatible toecap; and cut-resistant lace cover. The outsole package protects the foot and works with the trail, not against it.
With the thousands of trails here in the Sea to Sky, there is easily a market for these babies. Five Ten is historically a climbing-shoe brand. But as of late the company has branched into making footwear for niche activities ranging from slacklining to BASE jumping to “Action Running,” meaning parkour and other acro-influenced foot games. The ‘Diddie’ is being billed as “the first and only shoe designed for biking and trail building.”
A boot-like design with a lightweight internal Kevlar-type barrier ostensibly will keep shovel-wielding trail builders safer. The upper is a tough leather and there’s a cut-resistant lace cover. A composite toe guard is touted as “chainsaw resistant.” The unique shoe, which costs $165, is named after Diddie Schneider himself.
The company touts protection from shovels, chainsaws, nails and other hazards of a freeride construction site. A special sole pattern and stout heel are designed for stomping, packing and “working with the surface of the trail.” The bonus is that this workingman’s shoe can also ride. Shovel a jump, nail together a ladder bridge, and then throw a foot over your frame to pedal in and try out your gravity-defying creations.
The shoe has a cage-compatible toecap. The outsole is made of the company’s sticky Stealth rubber. It’s designed for platform pedals with no SPD style clip-in cleat.
Trail building can be an art for dedicated riders. For the first time, Five Ten has a shoe for people who like to get their hands dirty before gripping handlebars and dropping in for the ride.
— with help from —Stephen Regenold