Updated for 2015, the Shimano SH-R321 shoes are just as comfortable as their predecessors with performance to match.
Adjustable instep height and heat mouldable
Good power transfer
Fiddly retention system
By Symon Lewis
Many have hotly anticipated the updated version of Shimano’s successful SH-R320 road shoe, the Shimano SH-R321 cycling shoes. Described with phrases such as “wrap like” and “glove like fit” with a new “surround”, it certainly needed to be well fitting, and indeed it is.
At £299.99, this is a high-priced bit of kit — as expected in a dream shoe test. Out of the box the shoe feels light, fits well and looks nice too, although from a riding position it looks a bit odd due to the colour scheme that splits the shoe down the middle. Thankfully, I could adjust the instep height, as I found the one provided was a little high for my arch — although you can heat-mould these, I didn’t feel it necessary.
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Shimano says the R231 offers a 12/12 stiffness rating, and the shoes diligently provided good power transfer from the stiff sole without being harsh.
Overall the Shimanos tick both comfort and stiffness boxes. Annoyingly, I did find a few niggles, one being the retention system, which was on the fiddly side, and the wrap style seemed to cause a little pinch when fully tightened up.
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