Specialized’s latest incarnation of their flagship shoes were first spotted on the feet of a number of pro riders and they quickly became a firm favourite in the World Tour peloton.
You might not be astounded to know these are the sixth edition of Spesh’s range topping S-Works footwear and they’ve evolved significantly over that period of time to arrive at this design, what the Californian company are calling their most advanced shoe to date.
When designing the S-Works 6 shoes, Specialized focused on two key areas: power transfer and comfort. Power transfer doesn’t just come from increasing the stiffness of the sole, although Spesh have done just that, but it’s also been improved by the development of a new fabric called Dyneema Cubic Light.
The name gives little away but the fabric’s directional fibres are thermo bonded and strategically placed within the shoe to create ‘no stretch zones’, designed to improve the transfer of energy from legs to pedals when you’re really riding hard. This rest of the one-piece upper is made from a perforated synthetic microfibre with stacks of ventilation.