Specialized unveiled an updated S-Works shoe, its top-end offering, at Eurobike in Germany earlier this month.
The new shoe adopts the twin Boa dial design from the road version of the same shoe, a setup which better distributes pressure across the top of the foot with a more even closure. The Boa dials now offer easier adjustment on the move, they can be rotated forwards (away from the rider) to tighten or in the opposite direction to loosen.
While the road shoe does away with the Velcro strap at the front of the shoe, a leftover from the previous incarnation of the S-Works shoe, Specialized have kept in on the mountain bike version to give a the wearer more toe box adjustment.
The upper is now a lighter and suppler Micromatrix material with welded reinforcement on the heel for durability. The tongue has even more venting and is more breathable to keep hot feet at bay, and with better padding to spread the load from the Boa laces.
A new FACT carbon sole is lighter while being stiffer and the tread, made from a thermoplastic material, is removable and means when they wear out you can fit some new tread. There’s the mandatory stud mounts up front too. Weight is 335g for a size 42.
Inside the shoe is all the usual Body Geometry magic that has been a standout feature of Specialized shoes over the years, and which makes them one of BM’s fave choices.
Lastly, if you’re a regular on the podium (and even if you’re not we reckon) these new Specialized Podium shoes (the yellow shoes in the photo carousel at the bottom of this article) have got to be on your list.
Price TBC. More info at www.specialized.com