Suplest Edge/3 Pro shoes
€349 (approx £312 , suplest.com
Manufacturing quality cycling shoes is usually the preserve of third-generation Italian artisans, able to size up feet at a glance and push cobblers’ nails in with their thumbs. Which is what makes Suplest so interesting – it’s Swiss and relatively young. It does have pedigree, however. ‘My best friend Robert Gehrig and I started Suplest in 2007,’ says cofounder Daniel Balmer. ‘Robert is a designer and I used to work at BMC as road product manager. My father also had a company that did R&D for sport shoe brands, so I was able to profit from his knowhow and contacts. This is what motivated us to do cycling shoes.’
Not yet a decade on, Suplest has a small but perfectly formed range of four road shoes, with the Edge/3 Pros topping the bill. At 342g a shoe (size 45) they’re not that light on paper, but once on they have a superb slipper feel. In part this is due to a silicone-gripped heel and roomy toe-box, but the real story is the wraparound carbon fibre upper, which secures using double Boa dials to evenly hug the foot.
Reflective elements lend a dual purpose to the aesthetic, but we’re most taken by the asymmetric white and red colourway, which from the side makes it look like you’re wearing two different-coloured shoes. A cheaper ‘Performance’ level is also available for €249 (£223), which drops a Boa dial and gains some Velcro.