For the Nagaland Downhill race I chose the akai Riley HLawk Gargoyle shoes. The shoe comes with a vulcanized rubber out sole which when teamed up with my Psynyde flat pedals gave me premium grip. The toe cap of the shoe is one piece so Everytime I would hit a rock or a stump the impact would just evenly distribute without hurting my lil toes. The lakai lux-lite insole is a dual deal, keeps the shoe light and has an awesome coushining at the same time. My favorite bit of the shoe was that it's made of polished canvas, hence unlike suede shoes it wouldn't hold on to dirt. Rather with one wipe with a wet cloth it was as good as new.
All in all the shoes is awesome for riding and looks stylish at the same time. Definitely a must buy on my list. Cheers!