Specialized launches radical new S-Works Ares sprinter's shoe, designed with Sam Bennett

New ‘side project’ is claimed to be Specialized’s faster ever shoe by one per cent thanks to a new closure system, but the S-Works Ares won’t replace the S-Works 7

Specialized Ares
(Image credit: J.SULLIVAN)

Specialized has launched the S-Works Ares, a shoe developed with Tour green jersey winner Sam Bennett that the US brand says is one per cent faster than any shoe it’s ever made.

Rather than replacing the S-Works 7 shoe, the Ares will follow the S-Works Exos and S-Works Vent in being available alongside the all-rounder pro-level shoe in order to give riders more choice, according to Specialized. Whereas the Exos was super lightweight and the Vent designed to perform in very hot conditions, with the Ares Specialized says its aim was “to crack the code of locking in support without sacrificing comfort.”

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.