Specialized Riata women’s shoes review

Feminine looks without compromising performance

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £59.99 RRP | USD $85.00
Specialized Riata women's shoes

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All of the credentials of proper cross-country shoes, tailored for the female foot
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Specialized’s Riata mountain bike shoes deliver feminine looks without compromising performance. They’re high-performance shoe at a good price, but they’re not the best off the bike.


The Riata has a slightly feminine look without being over-the-top ‘girly’. Traditional race styling combineswith suede and subtle colour choices to help to soften the appearance.

Underneath this velvety exterior, performance isn’t compromised. Specialized has made these with a female-specific upper, plus narrower and deeper heel cups to better suit most women’s feet.

The nylon midsole is stiff for putting down the power, so you won’t want to be doing too much walking in them, although at least when you do the co-moulded lugs help stop any slipping around.


Large mesh panels keep them airy and quick-drying when they get soggy, while the toes are well covered.

Product Specifications


Name Riata Womens Shoe
Brand Specialized Bicycles

Manufacturer's Description Redesign of the popular women's "sport" level shoe with a subtle yet stylish suede leather upper. Women's lasted fit and unique upper is contoured for a women's fit. Includes our patented Body Geometry ergonomics.
Features Lightweight nylon sole with sturdy co-molded lugs for off the bike traction . Suede leather and mesh upper is supple and breathable . Performance enhancing BG contours in the outsole & footbed . Reflective heel accent for visibility . 2-bolt SPD-style cleat pattern, compatible with all major MTB pedals . Approximate weight 630g pair (#39)