The Good: -Stiff sole
-Just the right amount of grip -Really comfortable
-Water Proofed(except for the mesh)
-Mesh on top for breatablility
The Bad: After giving this a good five minutes of thought, I suppose they could have more color options to match my gear.
Let me start by saying that I have spent most of my biking life running skate shoes or basketball shoes as my everyday and bikingfootwear. About two years ago, Idecided to buy some dedicated mountain bike shoes. The Teva Links was not the first pair I purchased. While the other shoes had amazing grip, they were impossible to move to make small foot position adjustments, the sole was too flexible, and I hated walking around in them.
So after a year I got the Teva Links. And with it I lost all my previous complaints. In the short, my feet love me for buying these. I wear these shoes all day, every day for almost everything. In fact the only time they come off my feet is when I need my steel toe boots, church, or bed.
The water proofing is good too, with only the toe mesh as a weakness. But that toe mesh makes these shoes cool off better than other shoes I have had.
On the bike the shoes are nice and stiff and help you really push the bike into corners and off lips. The grip is pretty good too. Just drop your heels and you will have your feel locked in place. But if you fell like your foot isn't quite where you want it on your pedal, just lift your heel a bit and wiggle it on over.
I don't have any real complaints about this shoe, not even the color choices are a big deal. But hey, if you have to have a certain color, it's unavailability might bug you.
These are great shoes and I am certain that once my current pair wears out, I'm going to buy another pair.
Edit on Oct 1, 2013. I've had to take a star away due to durability. Let me preface my reasoning by making two points. First, my pair of Links have been my "go-to" shoe for bout 90% of the time that I need some king of footwear. Which brings me to my second point; the last time I wore just a single pair of shoes for 90% of my activities was when I was a young teen. Back then my parents bought my shoes from Walmart, and the $20-$30 shoes would last six months. I had two exceptions, both were second-hand Nike shoes that lasted me until I out-grew them (a year or more).
Based on that, I figure that a shoes that cost about $70 on sale should last two to three times longer than my Walmart shoes ever did. I've had the Links for one year, and three months, and the sole is coming apart from the uppers. I had expected to get three to nine more months out of these shoes. Perhaps my expectations are too high, and perhaps it is just the result of all the love these shoes got compared to other shoes I have purchased to ride with.