Trickle down technology brings S-Works learnings to Specialized Torch 2.0 and 3.0 shoes

Trickle-down technology at its finest, the mid-tier shoes offer carbon soles, Boa closures and a wider fit

Specialized Torch 2.0 road shoes
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)

Trickle-down technology is a beautiful thing. Whenever Specialized launches a top-tier S-Works product, you know the lower tiers will also benefit. A select set of innovations will make their way down the product line without the S-Works price tag. And that is precisely what today's launch of the new Torch 2.0 and 3.0 shoes is about. 

It's been two years since the Boa-dial-equipped S-Works Torch road shoe was unveiled to replace the beloved S-Works 7s. A lace-up version followed in 2023, and now, it's time for the mid-range shoes to get an update and receive their turn in the spotlight.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.