After a mint condition pair of classic Shimano SD 50 sandals sold for $900 on ebay a few years ago, Shimano has been working to bring back the novelty sandals. Originally introduced 25 years ago as the world’s first clipless sandal, the SD50s featured an open design for maximum ventilation. However after gaining a cult-like following across the U.S, Shimano halted production after a few years.
This week, Shimano celebrates the design with a throwback, special edition model, the SD-501A. Inspire by Shimano’s second-generation SPD sandals introduced in the year 2000, the new SD-501A sandals use a dark navy upper and special logo accents.
brings back the retro look while delivering the durable construction, and function, that Shimano footwear is known for. With a dual comfort-lined strap closure and SPD compatible sole, the SD-501A sandals allow riders to securely clip into their pedals while still enjoying the cool breeze on their toes.
Updating the classic design, The wide rubber sole is stable and comfortable for riding and walking and its semi-rigid midsole plate enables efficient pedaling. The new unisex SD-501A sandals is available now in sizes 38-48 for $130. The sandal is compatible with Shimano SPD cleats and is available in navy blue.