Specialized's new S-Works Trail shoes feature the company's Body Geometry system and are ergonomically superb.
They deliver a snug fit that offers pedalling support and comfort in equal measures. The neatly indexed BOA dials and velcro straps let you get them cinched up perfectly and they can be adjusted on the fly with ease if they're not quite right.
The FACT carbon sole is coated in rubber to offer a bit more purchase on the pedal, or on the trail if you're walking. Thanks to this stiff carbon sole and secure fit, power transfer is very efficient.
Off the bike, it's a different story though. Although the rubber treads are grippy when on most surfaces, the lack of give in the sole does make scrambling up steep, uneven trails awkward and uncomfortable. If all you do is ride then this isn't a problem, but if you explore new trails where there's a chance you'll need to walk, this is worth bearing in mind.
Back on the bike, they stay comfy on long slogs and during constant clattering along rough trails. The padding on the raised inside ankle helps dull any annoying knocks and the reinforced toe box does a great job of fending off rock strikes.