Before Fizik got into the components and shoes game they just made saddles. Actually, just is doing them a massive disservice as they didn’t ‘just’ make saddles, they made superb saddles.
But back in 2010 the Italian company expanded their horizons and launched their first ever cycling shoes, which were received to widespread acclaim. If ever there were proof you can get something right first time, Fizik’s shoes were that proof. That quality remains today, with the R1B top of their third-generation shoe range.
Fizik launched what could be reasonably called the third generation of their shoes last year, but they featured notable departures from the previous designs. The fundamental difference in these is closure. The first models Fizik made all used ratchets as the primary retention system, with two Velcro support straps further down the body. The new shoes have ditched the ratchet in favour of Boa dials; one on the lower end models and two on the shoes we have here, the top-of-the-range R1B.