Fizik has done a wonderful job with the R5B Uomo road cycling shoes. They look fantastic and offer a decent amount of comfort and performance for the price. I did suffer with hot spots on the side of my foot but that doesn't mean these won't suit you.
Good overall secure fit
I got hot spots on the side of my foot
Flex can be felt
However, the Italian brand also offers an entry level option in the Fizik R5B Uomo.
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A problem with the old Fizik shoes was the insanely high arch. which meant many just didn't like the fit.
The arch support has thankfully been lowered and this means the Fizik R5B Uomo road shoe should suit a good range of foot shapes and sizes.
Fit is generally ok. The single Boa dial wraps around the top of the foot neatly and the Velcro strap helps grip the toes, although this strap really doesn't offer much in terms adjustment.
The heel cup holds well, though a bit of movement is detected. The only issue here for me is a hot spot at the outer side of my foot. I'm putting this down to the shoe design not suiting me, which is a big shame as I really like the looks.
Overall comfort is good, the Fizik R5B Uomo shoe feels cushioned and well padded.
The carbon reinforced nylon sole works well, certainly provides enough stiffness to get by but if you want every ounce of power to be transferred you may want to look higher up the Fizik price point.
If style over substance is the slogan you live by, then the Fizik R5B Uomo is the shoe for you. Fizik has done an amazing job designing a mid to low-end priced road shoe with high-end looks.
With half sizes available from 40 to 47 and a 48 size available too you should be able to fit a size to suit. You'll get the choice of four colour ways too including: orange, pint and red.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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