Specialized S-Works Ares road cycling shoes review

Specialized's new sprinter's shoe supplies unrivalled foot security and incredible comfort, making it perfect for all types of riding and not just for fast finishes – but your feet need to be the right shape

S-Works Ares
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Specialized S-Works Ares is a truly revolutionary shoe that actually lives up to the hype – for comfort and power transfer it might be Spesh's best yet. But the shape and construction won't suit all feet, so at this price it's essential to try before you buy.

Reasons to buy
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    Closure system

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    Power transfer

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    Super stiff sole

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Reasons to avoid
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    Might not work for low arches

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    Sock liner won't be for everyone

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Specialized designed these pro-level shoes around the feet of Tour de France green jersey winner Sam Bennett, claiming the S-Works Ares was one per cent faster than any shoe it has ever made.

Its stated aim was “to crack the code of locking in support without sacrificing comfort.”

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