The Tour de France is cycling’s biggest shop window, and the 2015 edition already looks to be no different, with Shimano being the first to announce details of a new product that will be launched in July: the R321B shoes.
Ok, so the R321B shoes can’t really be described as “new”, being more of a reworking of the popular R321s used by the likes of John Degenkolb and Michael Matthews, and highly regarded in the Cycling Weekly office. This means a blue and yellow colourscheme, a combination of Shimano’s blue corporate colours with the Tour’s iconic yellow.
The R321Bs look to have everything you’d expect from a pair of shoes that we would expect to match or even surpass the £299.99 price tag of the R321s. This means an dimpled upper to improve airflow, and a custom-fit sole which should ensure a snug fit for different foot shapes.
As with all top-of-the-range shoes, the R321Bs have a full-carbon sole, which feature Shimano’s Dynalast shape that apparently improves muscle efficient, aiding a smooth pedalling action. However most importantly we love the striking looks, although the colour combination could prove tricky to match to the kits of the likes of BMC and Cannondale-Garmin.