Specialized (United States) - Press Release: One Second Makes All the Difference.
Finish line, town line, throw down, any time. We designed the S-Works Ares to be the most efficient and powerful performance shoe ever made. Decades of Body Geometry development met obsessive innovation working with the best athletes in the world to reimagine the race shoe. It’s 1% faster than any shoe we’ve ever made, and at the finish line, that’s all that matters.
Lock In & Power Up - Closure Reinvented:
Searching for the ultimate balance between unprecedented power transfer and all-day comfort resulted in an entirely new, patent-pending closure architecture. By triangulating retention across the midfoot and spreading pressure out over a larger surface area, the S-Works Ares essentially eliminates foot roll within the shoe. Lock in and power up for more speed.
Body Geometry shoes win more World Tour races than any other shoe on the planet. A key technology that helps create this performance is our Varus Wedge, a patented 1.5mm outward tilt to the outsole that stabilizes the forefoot and helps align the ankle, the knee, and hip to deliver more power, fewer injuries, and more comfort. The result? At 200 watts over a 10km effort you’ll be 14 seconds faster. In a sport where every second matters, that’s a whole lot of seconds to get ahead.
High Velocity Comfort:
No pain, no gain is bullshit. Combining our new closure system with a Dyneema®-reinforced tongueless sock, we reduced pressure on tendons for supreme comfort, so when the moment comes—an attack in the hills, a long solo move, or a full gas sprint for the line—you'll simply be 1% faster, because explosive speed should only be uncomfortable for the rest of the pack.
‘’When I slip my feet into the Ares, it’s like putting on slippers next to the fire.’’ - Julian Alaphilippe, Deceuninck – Quick-Step.
1% Faster. Validated By Science:
Our peak power ride study validated the S-Works Ares increased power delivery and our pressure mapping studies verify a 20% increase in contact surface compared to traditional closure systems. All of this adds up to a shoe 1% faster than anything we’ve ever made, validated by science. Over a 300meter sprint, that’s the difference between a photo finish and winning by a bike length.