Shimano R099W review

Shimano's only ladies road shoes, the R099Ws share the same features as the men's mid-range model but in a scaled down fit. Compared to other shoes for women, these are close to the top of the pack in terms of lightness, stiffness and performance.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £79.95 RRP | USD $129.99
The R099Ws are Shimano's only dedicated women's shoes.

Our review

Lightweight with an extremely stiff sole. Great race and distance shoe
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Shimano’s only ladies road shoes, the R099Ws share the same features as the men’s mid-range model but in a scaled down fit. Compared to other shoes for women, these are close to the top of the pack in terms of lightness, stiffness and performance.

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Power transfer is excellent thanks to the stiff, silver carbon fibre composite sole, and the feet are held securely in place to prevent wasted movement. A low profile, tapered heel section is well shaped to cup the heel, while the three wide offset Velcro straps hold comfortably without putting too much pressure on the instep.

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Overall the shoes are fairly lean and narrow with a surprisingly good amount of wiggle space above the toes. The upper is a lightweight and supple synthetic with a few mesh inserts. There’s also a vent in the sole, minimal hard plastic toe and heel pads to stand on, and a non-slip area at the cleat mount.

Product Specifications

Product

Name R099W Women's Road Race Shoe
Brand Shimano

Heel Guard Yes
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Weight (g) 574
Available Colours Light Blue
Available In (Mens/Womens) Womens
Fastening Type Velcro
Shoe Compatibility 3 Bolt Cleat Look SPD SPD-R SPD-SL
Shoe Closure Velcro Straps
Shoe Sizes Available 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Sole Type Carbon Fibre
Uppers Material Synthetic Fabric