Sizes range from 36 to 43 with half sizes between 39.5 and 42.5 to encourage a superior fit. Northwave’s toe box typically runs a little wider up front and these are no exception.
The breathable upper mesh combined with that women’s-speciﬁc design should reduce the chances of burning, itchy feet. The flat sole uses a carbon reinforced lining but no carbon weaving appears on the underside of the foot. The rigid sole is a lightweight option for added performance in a racing-minded rider.
The closure system is a simple set of Velcro straps and ratcheting buckle. I’ve heard some people say that the ratcheting system takes some getting used to, but that can be common among many shoes. The Velvet also uses Northwave’s uncompromising Ultra-Y heel design, a popular heel cup that snuggly holds your heel in place when you pull up on the pedals in sprints and tempo riding.
The tongue is thinner for streamlined performance. The upper part of the shoe is made of synthetic leather that is bright and white with a pink insole.
Price is usually less than one hundred dollars. Northwaves are frequently found in bike shops everywhere as well as online.