Sitting right at the apogee of the 2011/2012 Shimano road shoe range, the SH-R315 is the most technically-advanced shoe yet from the Japanese manufacturer and promises new levels of comfort, support and aesthetic appeal.
The long lists of features found on the shoe includes a Hollow Channel sole, where the carbon-fibre outsole has twin foam-filled hollow – er – channels along its length to enhance stiffness without weight penalty; CustomFit heat moldable insole and upper; Air Intake, which in company with moisture control mesh panels does what the name suggests and allows air to flow through the shoe from orifices in the front, keeping feet fresh and dry (in dry weather); multi-layered heel cup construction with stabiliser and anti-slip heel lining to keep the foot properly aligned and something called Flat Surface Concept, which emplys low-profile buckles and thin straps for a sleeker appearance.
The upper also uses panels cut from a synthetic leather called Rovenica, which is claimed to be the lightest, strongest and most supple such material available. As well as durabily it exhibits excellent stretch and recovery, allowing the shoe to adapt to the foot shape of the wearer while retaining its basic form.
Weight is a stunning 525g per pair for size 40 and the sole will accept any standard three-bolt LOOK-style pedal cleat.
First Ride on its way.
Shimano SH-R315 SPD-SL Shoe £269.99; sizes 36, 37-47 including half sizes, 48; wide fitting available; colours white/black/red