These replaced a worn out pair of budget DHB shoes which the soles and tread had been destroyed on rocky ground. They’re a good pair of basic three strap shoes, so no laces to get caught in chains. Good foot and arch support, as well as being a fairly wide fitting so comfortable. Even though just a Velcro fastening, they still cinch up tight so work well on the up stroke. The Velcro has stood up well to dusty tracks as well as being soaked for extended periods. Easy to open up to dry them out at the end of the day, with the foot bed coming out easily.
The standard Shimano MTB cleats fit easily (though NB these are not supplied so you will either need to refit some old ones or buy new ones at the same time).
Screws and the backing plate do come with the shoes however, and 5 minutes with an HB pencil and a bit of foot dangling over a table soon have the cleats fitted and aligned.
The cleats are quite recessed into the treads, which makes them easy (and quiet!) to walk in on smooth surfaces – but could possibly be a problem with some pedals. We use them with SPD pedals like these with surrounding cages (so the pedals can be used for quick rides with ordinary shoes) and they aren’t a problem, however, but could possibly be an issue with more aggressive interfaces (though in that case you would probably be looking at more expensive shoes anyway!..)
A good basic MTB shoe and excellent value for money.