What you don't when you're dropping wattage bazookas is heel
lift. Specialized has targeted heel lift with a completely
redesigned heel cup that noticeably locks the heel of the foot
firmly into place better than the previous shoes, and better than
many other high-end shoes I've tested. There's also a grippy
material on the inside that also helps to minimise heel lift. It
doesn't compromise comfort and fit when you're not stomping on the
pedals in anger.
Fit is key with any cycling shoe, and overall fit of the S-Works
6 shoes is very impressive. The fit can be finely tuned: two Boas
S2 rotary dials allow precise adjustment to tighten or loosen the
shoes, and changes can be made on the move easily, while toe box
volume can be adjusted via a short set-and-forget Velcro strap at
the front of the shoe. The shoes do provide a close fit but it's
not at all restrictive.
Everyone's feet are unique, some people have high arches, some
have a flat arch. Inside the shoe is a Body Geometry insole with
varus wedge, metatarsal button and medial arch support. Specialized
says the insoles are "ergonomically designed and scientifically
tested to increase power, endurance, and comfort by optimising hip,
knee, and foot alignment" and the good thing is you can swap them
out for different arch support preferences, there are three choices
of footbed available.
The soles are drilled for regular 3-hole cleats with a good
range of fore-aft adjustment, and enough alignment markers to make
setting up cleats straightforward. The carbon sole is also vented
to provide a bit of extra cooling in the heat. Also helping with
ventilation is a perforated upper that helps to keep your feet cool
when riding in hot weather. A small rubber bumper at the heel of
the foot aids walking when stopping at a coffee shop.
The S-Works 6 is a top-end shoe designed for the professional
peloton and at £310 they are a pricey option, but the performance
and comfort is up their with the best shoes in this price range. We
love the great fit, the high level performance and the easy
adjustability, and there's even a choice of colours to suit your
Reviewed by Bespoke Features Editor, David Arthur.