Teva Links are new shoes designed for mountain bikers and inside we take a look at what they have to offer.
In 1984, Teva began with the invention of the first sports sandal. Certainly the times have changed and their footwear has evolved but Teva has a history of creating footwear that has helped many people find their own adventure while still being comfortable.
The still rings true today as the Teva Links shoes are indeed quite comfortable and functional. Designed with help from Jeff Lenosky, they collaborated to create the Links shoe that you see here. Many professional slope style riders like Cam McCaul have been seen rockin the Teva Links and after trying them out it makes good sense why they like this shoe for what they do.
Teva Links in Lunar Rock one of two color options (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
With Jeff on board they set out to create a shoe that worked well with a mountain bike pedal and sought to fix a lot of common problems Jeff has come across with his long career. Essentially they built this shoe for Jeff, but anyone who has ever gotten on a mountain bike can appreciate his influence on the Links.
Teva Links in Ultra Violet(click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva’s tide grip on the sole of the shoe is designed to interface with bike pedals specifically.
Teva Links have indentions in the sole to help pedal pins find a home (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva used ion-mask™ technology (liquid repellent nano-coating technology) to help prevents the materials on the Links from absorbing water on a molecular level.
There is an aggressive tread designs at the toe and heel to help you maintain traction when the situation demands it.
Teva Links E-brake (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva E-Brake in the heel features a reverse lug pattern to give you downhill traction when you’re off your bike.
Teva Links heel support (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
A rigid heel stabilizer keeps your foot centered in the shoe. This strong plastic wraps around the back of the shoe to protect your heel and provide a secure feeling without flopping over.
Waterproof materials throughout the shoe make it easy to wash the mud off.
A rubberized grid over the toe area for breathable armor that prevents abrasion or ripping. A flexible armor across the forefoot was also added to be sure you won’t be busting your toes easily with the Links.
Teva Links grid (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva Links side grid (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
A Shoc Pad™ in the heel hepls give some additional cushion on impacts.
Teva Links (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva Links inside (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva Links in Lunar Rock comes with two sets of laces (click to enlarge and visit gallery)
Teva’s Mush® Infused Insole is a certainly a step up from most stock shoe insoles. They are quite comfortable and help embellish the shoe’s comfort level quite a bit.
Compare and Contrasting
The Teva Links are a pair of shoes that certainly have some style to them that will suit some riders more than others. Functionally they’ve done a lot here and I can see why a lot of riders are gravitating to them. Although they’re not quite as sticky as say 5.10’s that isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the situation doesn’t always demand a sticky shoe for all riders. Specifically, a shoe like this is nice for those who are looking for a solid performing shoe with a good amount of grip. Dirt Jumpers or guys who like a bit of mobility on the pedals should find this shoe to be quite beneficial in that respect.
The shoes also are quite a bit more supportive in the heel and general stability department than your typical shoe or even 5.10’s in my experience. You might think your shoes are just fine at supporting you until you feel the support the Links provide. The heel stabilizer really helps support the foot. This should also improve your experience when riding as your feet should feel more planted and less likely to roll over. The support almost feels like you’re wearing built in ankle brace.
In addition to being supportive, the shoes are quite comfortable to wear all day. One small nuance would be that with the rubberized grids on a few of the panels certainly provide rip and abrasion protection but can be collecting plates for mud / debris.
Overall the Links are a nice set of shoes for flat pedal riders and bring a lot of benefits as a biking shoe. They may not have a super sticky sole but provide a good amount of grip and a bevy of other features that many riders will love.
Color options: Lunar Rock pictured here (with yellow and grey shoe laces), Ultra Violet (with purple and black shoe laces)
If you’re looking to purchase Teva shoes for yourself we suggest checking out a reputable dealer like Fanatik Bike in Bellingham, WA. They are an experienced dealer with a strong background in what gravity riders are looking for in a bike. They can help you out!
Teva Links in Lunar Rock (click to enlarge and visit gallery)