For those seeking a cycling shoe designed to support intense rides, the Specialized S-Works Ares may be a good fit. This premium shoe combines efficient power-transfer, comfort, and Body Geometry-based engineering to produce a shoe which, according to Specialized, is 1% faster than any other cycling shoe in their line. These premium qualities come with a premium price and often many sizes sell out.
Featuring their patented Dyneema-reinforced tongue-less wrap-around upper, arch support such as a longitudinal arch, a varus wedge, and personalized insoles, the S-Works Ares are engineered to reduce injury, encourage proper form, and increase efficiency. The sock-like closure system and stiff carbon sole creates immense stability by preventing foot roll. Specialized asserts that these features ensure proper alignment of the hip, foot, and knee while maintaining good circulation down through your toes.
Notable specs include synthetic and TPU materials to create no-stretch zones for stability, a PadLock heel design to hold the heel in place, and a Form Fit roomy toe box for maximum comfort. The patent-pending closure system uses a Boa Li2 Fit System, which allows for micro-adjustments to dial in the fit. All major three-hole road cleats should be compatible with this relatively lightweight but extremely comfortable shoe.