Su­plest Edge/3 Pro shoes

€349 (ap­prox £312 , su­plest.com

Cyclist - - New Gear -

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.

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