Even though the sole isn’t the stiffest and there’s no mechanical retention, the heel cup did a good job of keeping the foot stable under load. Ventilation could be better, though, with heat build-up noticeable on longer rides.
Build up of heat over time
Take a while to wear in
Unashamedly pitched as a shoe for beginners and touring riders, the Aries is more about comfort than it is competition.
The three broad Velcro straps ensure a snug fit though we found this does tend to leave a fair bit of spare strap overlapping the shoe. The uppers felt a little cardboard-like initially, but this quickly eased with use.
Out of the saddle the shoes performed surprisingly well.
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