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S-Works Ares Road Shoes

When the moment comes for an attack in the hills, a long solo move, or a full gas sprint for the line, every watt counts, which is why we designed the S-Works Ares to be the most efficient and powerful performance shoe ever made. We combined decades of Body Geometry development with obsessive innovation working with the world’s best athletes to completely reimagine the race shoe. An entirely new, patent-pending closure system, Dyneema®-reinforced toungless sock, and ultra-stiff FACT Powerline™ carbon outsole eliminate foot roll, reduce pressure on tendons, and transfer every ounce of power to the pedals for unprecedented performance and comfort. It’s 1% faster than any shoe we’ve ever made, and at the finish line, that’s all that matters.

Rider Reviews

  • 4.5
  • 81 Reviews

disappointing

The sole of the shoe fell off within two months of use


Name:
Dylan

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Unique & Complex Appearance

S-Works Ares is my first pair of Specialized road shoes. My previous shoes were Shot 40.5 & the sizing is similar. The length is the same, while the toe box is roomier. I really like the Team White colorway & the light weight of the shoes. I would prefer a shoe upper made from a synthetic glossy white material, instead of the stretchy mesh material.

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Yes!

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Name:
David J.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Best shoes I’ve ever owned

Loving the S-Works Ares road shoes. By far the most comfortable road shoe I’ve owned. The carbon sole is nice and stiff and the dual boa system helps me to dial in the shoe perfectly. Nice and light, nothing but good things to say about the shoes.

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Yes!

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Name:
Shane B.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Poor design

These shoes are difficult to get on and off. Plus, the Boa system isn’t great. The upper tongue comes undone and alters the fit. Perhaps I bought the wrong size but it still feels like bad construction. Specialized is a great company and I don’t want to leave a negative review. But I wouldn’t recommend these shoes in particular vs. their other amazing products. Caveat emptor.

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Name:
John D.

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Little hard to get in,

Little hard to get in, after that it is great

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Yes!

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Name:
Bing L.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Best Shoes To-Date

The best shoes that I had tried, such as Fizik, Shimano, Rapha, Bont, Giro and Gaerne. Very comfortable such that I can wear it for 5 hours and longer. It has very good power transfer.

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Yes!

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Name:
Sheu P.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Nice fitting shoe once I

Nice fitting shoe once I get it on. However, the extra time it takes to fit over my foot does, in my opinion, help with support and keeping my foot cool. I really like the color and new BOA fasteners. I hope it holds out better than my MTB S-Works shoes that are shot after 4-5 months of use.

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Name:
Jeff J.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Awesome fit

With the bootie & design of the boa closure these really hug the foot and translate into better power delivery. My fav s-works shoes for sure

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Yes!

Name:
sam
Fit:
Runs Small

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Still the best shoe I've tried

I have tried a fair number of bike shoes, including the S-Works 7, the Torch 2 and 3, and several by other manufacturers. The Ares is still my hands down favorite. Adjustable, COMFORTABLE, and tough. I picked up an extra pair (because...sale...) so I would have a backup in case it goes out of production and my main pair wears out (which it has shown no sign of doing)

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Name:
Justin S.
Fit:
Runs Small

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Ares road shoe

I initially tried these shoes on and thought it was uncomfortable and difficult to put on and eventually ended up purchasing the Torch model. When they went on sale I couldn't help myself and ordered a pair. It turned out that there is a method to putting your feet into these shoes and after they are on they are totally comfortable. I rode the trainer for several days before taking them outdoors and they are fabulous! I had no way of knowing since I rejected them on the initial attempt in the store.

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Yes!

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Name:
Paul C.
Fit:
Runs Small

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