Exuding quality, the Shimano R106s look and feel like shoes costing far more. There are lighter options available, but the extra bulk has a purpose. A carbon composite sole with single toe vent and three-point fitting shows intent, which is reinforced by the robust construction of the uppers.
Soft synthetic leather and mesh form a generous upper with two wide Velcro straps, offset to even out pressure, and a micro-adjust ratchet closure at the ankle. It all adds up to an ultra-supportive and secure shoe with excellent power transmission, especially when climbing or sprinting, and they should last well too.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.