rider wearing the black Giro Latch MTB shoe and straddling an orange Juliana mountain bike

Giro Plays With ‘Mute Foam,’ Releases Latch Flat-Pedal MTB Shoe

Low bounce, less rebound. Giro’s latest, and maybe lightest, flat-pedal mountain bike shoe just dropped today.

Today, Giro Sport Design announced the release of its Latch, a new all-mountain flat-pedal shoe. What makes this shoe big for Giro (and big in the flat-pedal shoe market) is the new Mute Foam midsole technology coupled with a Tack Rubber outsole compound. The brand says these two components work together “to greatly increase foot-to-pedal contact and grip.”

So what’s up with this Mute Foam? Just like a bike suspension’s job is to keep wheels in contact with the ground, Mute Foam performs a similar function between the foot and the pedal.

Mute Foam’s “slow rebound characteristics are in contrast to typical EVA foam, and provide a balance between structure and damping properties, ultimately serving to reduce bounce upon landing,” Giro explained.

Giro Flat-Pedal Latch MTB Shoe

closeup of the Giro latch shoe on a mountain biker's foot

Here are a few specs on the Giro Latch Shoe:

  • Upper: Microfiber mono-upper
  • Midsole: Injection-molded rebound-reducing Mute Foam
  • Outsole: Elastic rubber (Giro’s patent-pending Tack Rubber)
  • Features: Tread lugs, reinforced toe, quick-drying hydrophobic structural inners
  • Weight: 300-340 g
  • Price: $150

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Be sure to check out the teaser video below: all the hype, all the dirt, all the fun — none of the chatter.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.