Specialized S-Works 7 road shoes review

Performance dedicated yet seriously stylish, Specialized's S-Works shoes have always been hot property. But has the brand retained the coveted top of the wish-list spot with the S-Works 7 road shoes? We put the miles in to find out

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

I don't doubt that racers will value the pure performance stiffness of the new S-Works 7 shoes. But I found it too much much for my riding, and I struggled with numb feet.

Reasons to buy
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    Seriously classy

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    Great fit

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    Cool and well vented

Reasons to avoid
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    Rubbing and pinching to begin with

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    Sole was too stiff for my level of riding

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There's a scientific core at the heart of Specialized's products that resonates in their designs.

Whether it's the Specialized Tarmac and its Rider-First Engineering, the new Specialized Evade and its cooling system and now the S-Works 7 road shoes, and its scientifically crafted, performance pushing design. But with the latest iteration of the shoe, has science pushed its performance focus too far?

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