Chrome teamed up with Panaracer to create a vulcanized no-slip outsole for better traction and durability. This Panaracer rubber outsole combined with the tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe work very well together for a nice grip on the pedals. The toe box is also reinforced to help with wear and tear from the bike. There is a small reflective detail on the back of the heel which is a nice addition.
I have been wearing the Southside 3.0 shoes for the past few weeks on and off the bike and really enjoy them. On the bike, they are very solid and provide good grip with a variety of pedals. You can really feel the stiffness of the Rigid Power Plate in the midsole when you step down with some force. Despite the stiffness of the mid-sole they are still comfortable enough to power walk through the airport to make it to your gate in time. I am a big fan of the mid-rise silhouette and the protection it offers to your ankles. The abrasion-resistant and hydrophobic upper has kept the shoes looking clean through some drizzle and dusty trails.
My only issue with the shoe in my time wearing them has been the tongue on the right shoe slips to the side a bit after some time. This may be due to my skinny ankles, but an easy fix would be if there was a small loop on the tongue to put the laces through to prevent slipping. Other than that, the Southside 3.0s will be my go to shoe for riding around town when I know there will be some walking involved at my destination.
Sizing: US 5 – 12
Colors: Night, Olive Leaf