Power transfer or all-round comfort and style? S-Works Ares vs Torch head to head

Specialized S-Works Torch vs Specialized Ares shoes
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Road cycling shoes are incredibly diverse and the breadth of options is somewhat staggering. Whatever you are looking for there is an option out there, and our guide to the best cycling shoes, despite being one of our longer lists, is only a small slice. Even among all that competition we still have two Specialized S-Works level shoes in there. 

The reason, of course, is that Specialized makes some of the best road cycling shoes on the market. The other reason is that it makes a lot of shoes, and not just a lot of shoes across the lineup of pricing either. Unlike most brands, Specialized makes a lot of top-tier shoes that each cater to small differences in riding styles, as broken down below: 

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