Chrome Southside 3.0 Low Pro (SPD) review - this urban shoe grips better than dedicated gravel and mtb models

A stylish and robustly built urban shoe with an extremely grippy sole that puts certain off-road kicks to shame

Image shows Chrome Southside 3.0 Low Pro SPD cycling shoes.
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Southside 3.0 Low Pro SPD-compatible shoes are robustly built and a brilliant option for transitioning from powering it on the bike to walking in style right up to your office floor (depending on dress codes). They’re expensive and a little heavy, but do feature a very grippy sole – which is great for walking around on wet cobbles – and includes useful little details such as a reflective stripe for on-the-bike visibility.

Reasons to buy
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    Well-built and durable

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    Very grippy sole

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    Stiff enough for pedalling but still walkable

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    Rear reflective detail

Reasons to avoid
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    A little heavy

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    Lace pouch doesn’t really work

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    May find the material cuts a little around the ankles

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    Only in black

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Chrome Industries’ stylish street-style sneakers, the Southside 3.0 Low Pro, have been built for dyed-in-the-wool cyclists who still want to be clipped in and push the pace when on urban duties. The stiffness of the sole will keep you happy on the bike, but they’re also pretty easy to walk in, with only some slight heel slippage experienced. 

The well-known and highly respected maker of rugged and hard wearing biking bags - such as the Barrage Cargo backpack - Chrome Industries also applies its durability-first approach to a range of stylish shoes for city outings.

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