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S-Works Recon Shoe

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From recent road converts, to sultans of dirt speed, the new S-Works Recon delivers pavement-bred performance to the gravel and XC discipline. Guided by more than 100,000 foot scans from our RETÜL fit data, we recognized that both a standard and a wide carbon base plate would best serve the spectrum of human foot shapes. An internal I-Beam adds stiffness and strength, eliminating the need for additional bracing. The result is an intentional fit, that's stiff, comfortable, and tunable—to put the power down.

Inside and out, Body Geometry technology is baked into the the S-Works Recon. Driven by nearly two decades of development and validated by data, we ensure there are no pain points, only performance, where your body meets the bike. Through our creation of the Varus Wedge, Longitudinal Arch, and Metatarsal Button, your feet stay in their most optimal position when pedaling—as well as inline with your knee and hips.

Rider Reviews

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Awesome Cycling Shoes

These are the best cycling shoes I have ever owned. Very light and stiff. Great quality, materials and attention to detail. They fit my foot well.

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Yes!

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Chester C.

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Great Shoe….fragile BOAs

These shoes are hard to not like. Light as a feather and fit like a slipper. The walking surface could be better, but I can get around that. The only complaints are the BOAs are fragile. They will get busted on crashes and also get filled with gunk. I’ve replaced mine at least four time last now, and thank goodness BOA sends them. Once you bust the top ones, you can’t use the tongue loops, but I haven’t had issue with that. I’ll buy another pair!


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Bruce

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Good shoe, but…

Lightweight comfortable shoe. Very minimalist design. Only concern was that I felt one ride in and the carbon sole would take a lot of damage if walking in marble size gravel. Also the BOA design, although nice looking, appeared to be a bit fragile for my ride style.

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Yes!

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Rich W.

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Pain points

Rejected. The upper in toe box constructed from pliable and non-pliable parts. On right foot the 5th metatarsal fits exactly on the border of both materials. This causes acute pain. Left foot is better - my 5th metatarsal positioned about 4mm closer to the heel. So. Shoes standing on wardrobe. Waiting for another upper. Also I changed my mind about taking the torch - stick to Ares.


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Aleksandr D.

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FRAGILE!

Super comfortable and good looking. The downside is that the carbon on the bottom got torn to bits after just the first ride. So they won’t look pretty after a few uses.


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Leo

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Disappointed with protrusion where cleat mounts

I've been mountain biking since the mid eighties. I find this to be the most difficult shoe I've ever owned to click in and out of SPD pedals. The cleat is mounted on a protrusion on the bottom of the shoe which inhibits fast entry in tricky situations. I thought I would get used to it quickly, but I've ridden them for months now and little improvement. Very disappointed.


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Michael

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S-Works Recon FTW!

Beautiful shoes. Fits well even with my wide feet. Feels great on the bike.

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Yes!

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Kevyn M.

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Love it

Light, stiff and still comfortable! Not my first works shoe and definitely not my last on either! Fit didn’t seem to have changed from my 2018 sworks xc or 2021 sworks road…

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Yes!

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Michael B.

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Quality shoe, except for the boa

The performance and fit of this shoe is great. The boa cable broke after two months of use. Yes, it’s warranted by boa. LBS does not carry replacements. But, boa does not have the silver in stock. (White shoes) They’re sending me the black dial. That’s not cool for a two month old $450 shoe. No shoes to ride with for over a week. Additionally, the boas are stiff and are difficult to unwind. This started only after one week of use. I have to wonder how often the cable will break. I bike pack often. What if a cable breaks while in the middle of nowhere? Please, someone at Specialized contact me with a solution. Maybe specific care ideas for the boa to keep it working properly. Considering returning for the lace version.


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Scott

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All boxes checked

White version of an off-road shoe: check Old school lace-up for us 50+ riders: check Super light and stiff enough: check Since cycling trends change too fast once I find something that really works for me, I bought an additional pair of these because I love them that much. Well done S-Works... please don't ever retire this model!


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Aaron

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