The Pearl Izumi flex-sole X-Project shoes are made for a good ride - and run. Cyclocross Magazine

The Pearl Izumi flex-sole X-Project shoes are made for a good ride - and run. © Cyclocross Magazine

Here at Outdoor Demo at Interbike, we’re looking for the latest and greatest in cyclocross racing technology, and as far as shoes go, Pearl Izumi might have hit on a new innovation that will change how cyclocrossers approach the running sections of races. Their new shoes, the Pearl Izumi flex-sole X-Project, is designed with running in mind, with an eye toward riding performance as well. A carbon and rubber sole in some seriously flashy new colors was created to make running while riding comfortable without losing the stiffness that makes for a powerful pedaling motion.

We talked at length with the man behind the shoe, and went over not only the tech, but the logic behind all of his decisions. Turns out, while it’s a mountain shoe, it definitely has cyclocross on the brain.

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