Striking a unique balance between comfort, style, and high-quality engineering, the S-Works 7 offers cyclists a feature-rich cycling shoe with some impressive specs. These shoes boast Specialized’s stiffest and lightest Powerline carbon sole, top-notch heel hold to maximize every pull, and space-grade Dyneema material used in the upper sandwiched between a four-way stretch mesh and TPU which ensures a stable and secure fit. According to Specialized, their patented PadLock heel construction is tested and proven to increase acceleration and promote proper form.
The S-Works 7 are ergonomically engineered to support the natural foot shape of both men and women. Specialized promises these shoes will increase power output, improve pedaling efficiency, and reduce the risk of injury while maximizing comfort. Rather unique to the S-Works 7, this shoe features bonded seams in lieu of traditional sewn seams, which results in a shoe that contours to your foot. Users do report a significant break-in period, so be prepared to wear them a bit before experiencing their true comfort level.
The S-Works 7 features a Boa dial closure which, while it does allow for one-millimeter micro-adjustments, is reported to sit slightly too high on the foot, hitting some hotspot pressure points. The three-bolt cleat pattern suits most road clipless pedals.