Specialized S-Works 7 Lace road shoes review

All the endearing attributes of the regular Specialized S-Works 7 shoes cloaked in a lighter, sharper and trendier lace-up package

Specialized S-Works 7 Lace road shoes
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The most stylish S-Works road shoe on the market. It also happens to be the most affordable, if you can use such a word in this context.


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    Beautiful, focussed design language

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    Textured, 3D aesthetic

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    Impressive ventilation

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    Classic lace-up appeal

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    Light and stiff outsole

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    Non-slip replaceable heel tread


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    Price won't appeal to all

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    Limited colour options

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    Take time to lace up and tie

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The hotly contested best cycling shoes space just got bigger with the new Specialized S-Works 7 Lace. They represent the fifth instalment in the brand's growing S-Works shoe portfolio, joining the S-Works 7, S-Works Exos, S-Works Vent and the S-Works Ares. Apart from the S-Works Exos, which offered a limited-edition lace-up option at launch, the Specialized S-Works 7 Lace are the only shoes in the S-Works road line-up to ditch Boa-dial retention. That doesn't mean they're any less focussed - these are S-Works-branded shoes after all - but their utilitarian lace-up appeal is likely to garner interest from a broader demographic, not just the purist.  

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB