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The Huez is said to be the lightest cycling shoe in the world at 190g for a 43, and we can believe it because, at just 210g each,our size 45 samples are the lightest we’ve ever tested. That’s over 300g per pair less than some other top-end shoes. What would it cost to save that from your bike? The well-worn response to lots of ultra-light kit is “Never mind 300g, I’ve got 5kg to lose.” If that’s the case, lay off the pies, but many riders are already skinny and everyone climbs faster in lighter shoes.
In fact, the difference is tangible as soon as you set off. Your feet float around each pedal revolution; it’s a great feeling. Incredibly, the Huez is also one of the stiffest shoes we’ve come across, comparable to the likes of the Specialized S-Works and close enough to the unyielding Bont range that you’d need legs like Robert Förstemann to tell the difference.
On the up-stroke, the carbon straps and structured upper provide great support, refusing to give a millimetre even during a full sprint.
The minimal Huez isn’t plush inside but nor is it uncomfortable. Assuming it fits you, the obsessive weight saving is at no detriment to the tolerability of the Huez as an all-day shoe. It’s very airy, too, so it’s great in hot weather.
Our only issue is with the fairly high volume fit. On my skinny feet the main strap tops out, the upper nearly meets in the middle and all three straps only have half their intended contact area. This is where Boa-type laces have an advantage. Thicker socks help a bit. Try them on before buying.