Specialized S-Works Ares Road Shoe

Specialized S-Works Ares Road Shoe

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  • Performance cycling shoe designed with a new, patent-pending closure system, Dyneema-reinforced tongueless sock, and body geometry features including a longitudinal arch, varus wedge, and insoles with a specific metatarsal button
  • Ultra-stiff FACT Powerline carbon outsole is engineered to prevent foot roll and reduce hot spot pressure points
  • Well suited for intense rides, sprint sessions, and race day, thanks to the highly efficient power transfer
  • Solid heel construction prevents the heel from lifting 
  • Roomy toe box allows for natural swelling
  • Replaceable heel treads and 3-hole cleat pattern
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • High level of comfort
  • Secure closure with micro-adjustability
  • Stable
  • Designed for sprints, race day, and intense riding
  • Body Geometry engineering encourages proper form
What needs improvement ...
  • Comparably expensive
  • Limited sizing options
  • Not very breathable
  • Midsole is narrow for some users

Product Summary

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.



36–49 EU


220 g (size 42)


Boa Li2 Fit System

Cleat compatibility



3 different options

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      If you are willing to pay top-dollar for a highly efficient cycling shoe designed to support the most experienced riders, the Specialized S-Works Ares may be for you.