With a full-carbon sole, these shoes seem excellent value at less than £90. Supple synthetic leather uppers and a well-shaped tongue (fastened by a ratchet system and two Velcro straps), plus an externally reinforced heel, make for a very secure, if rather tight, fit.
The carbon sole chipped before we got on the bike. It's ultra-stiff, with excellent power delivery, but let down by the insole. This felt quite thin and was non-perforated, which negates any cooling effect of the sole air vent. Still, with the cash saved buying the shoes you could afford to replace the insoles.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.