Pas Normal Studios x Fizik Mechanism Road Shoes are bound to polarise opinion

PNS x Fizik collab yields a stunning road shoe, but not everyone will agree, says Simon Fellows

Pas Normal Studios x Fizik Mechanism Road Shoes
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Mechanism is a gorgeous-looking shoe. Fortunately, in this case, beauty is more than skin deep because performance and comfort are both exemplary, though some riders may find ventilation lacking. Price is a concern because the Mechanism demands top dollar to look the most fashionable in the bunch – a quality you’ll either buy into or not.

Reasons to buy
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    Beautifully engineered

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    Stunning, yet curiously understated looks

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    Secure, comfortable fit

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    Proven, super-stiff R3 carbon sole

Reasons to avoid
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    Eye-wateringly expensive

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    Will not represent value for many

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    Not the lightest race shoe

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You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

The Mechanism road shoe is a collaboration between insta darlings Pas Normal Studios (PNS) and the Italian shoe and saddle brand Fizik. They’ve called it Mechanism because it slots directly into PNS’ performance line of the same name, identifying it as a lightweight racing shoe with a heavyweight price tag.

Yes, that price. At a smidgen below £400 - at £390 - this is about as much as you’ll pay for a pair of the best cycling shoes, a similar amount can bag you a racing icon, such as the feature-laden Sidi Wire2S or Shimano’s slightly pricier but battle-proven S-Phyre RC903. Only the handmade in Italy Nimbl Ultimate makes the Mechanism look cheap.  

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Simon Fellows

Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor Simon spent his childhood living just a stone’s throw from the foot of Box Hill, so it’s no surprise he acquired a passion for cycling from an early age. He’s still drawn to hilly places, having cycled, climbed or skied his way across the Alps, Pyrenees, Andes, Atlas Mountains and the Watkins range in the Arctic.

Simon has 35 years of experience within the journalism and publishing industries, during which time he’s written on topics ranging from fashion to music and of course, cycling.

Based in the Cotswold hills, Simon is regularly out cycling the local roads and trails, riding a range of bikes from his home-built De Rosa SK Pininfarina to a Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO. He’s also an advanced (RYT 500) yoga teacher, which further fuels his fascination for the relationship between performance and recovery. He still believes he could have been a contender if only chocolate wasn’t so moreish.