Thanks to the research coming out of Specialized’s Body Geometry Program, the company has designed its shoes with a bio-mechanically shaped sole and footbed. This sneaky, built-in technology helps eliminate power-robbing foot, lower leg and knee rotation. Decreasing this excess movement also reduces strain on the joints of the leg. Weight is another plus, as these dogs are listed as the lightest production cycling shoes on the market.
Because of the expensive price tag that comes with the S-Works Road Shoe, I had high standards before even seeing a pair. After an exceptional initial fit test, two months of riding and racing was the real test, and the S-Works Road continues to impress. There was some serious brainpower behind these shoes, and their décor doesn’t look like the standard pair of Sidi, Northwave or DMV kicks we commonly recognize. Not only do I appreciate their scant weight, the rotary Boa closure system allows me precise and easy fit control. And because the laces do such a superb job of distributing tension over the whole foot, I can ride with a sensible level of shoe tightness while still feeling ready to crank out of the saddle at any time.
Weight: 245 grams