Spe­cial­ized S-works 7 shoes

£330, spe­cial­ized.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out | New Gear -

You can tell a lot about a per­son by their shoes. And when it comes to the S-works 7, fu­ture civil­i­sa­tions could probably clone us from a set, thanks to Spe­cial­ized’s cus­tom-moulded Body Ge­om­e­try in­soles. But the S-works 7s also sug­gest ef­fi­ciency, a par­tic­u­lar­ity about com­fort and a dash of good looks.

The most ob­vi­ous up­date from the S-works 6 shoe is that Spe­cial­ized has scored ex­clu­sive use of these fetch­ing Cnc-ma­chined al­loy Boa di­als. We won’t be see­ing the S3 Boa di­als on any competitor shoe for at least a year, but these di­als are not just bling – they of­fer more finely tuned 1mm mi­cro-ad­just­ments and a clutch spring inside to aid re­ten­tion, while trim­ming a few grams off the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of Boas. Our size 46 pair weighs a re­spectable 330g per shoe.

De­spite the low weight these shoes claim a star­tling 15 on the stiff­ness in­dex – an in­dex we once pre­sumed would end at 10. Even the up­per has been de­signed to in­crease over­all rigid­ity. Its aero­space Dyneema fab­ric doesn’t stretch un­der load, which pre­serves power trans­fer.

Most im­por­tantly Spe­cial­ized of­fers an im­pres­sively vast range of colours, in­clud­ing el­e­gant white and black, and a won­der­fully lairy ‘hyper green-acid lava’.

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