Shimano R321 road shoes review£299.99

Custom-fitted, high-end shoes

BikeRadar score5/5

The Shimano R321 road shoes can be fully custom-fitted, with an oven and vacuuming process at a Shimano dealer giving a tailored fit. But the shoes also feel great right out of the box, with arch-support insert options tuning the underfoot volume as needed.

    The innovative ultra fine synthetic leather uppers mimic overshoes by wrapping the seamless instep panel across the combined outside panel and tongue, and covering more than half of the shoe to smooth airflow.

    The low-profile buckle and ratcheting strap swap positions, so work in reverse, cleverly preventing excess plastic strap dangling in the wind.

    Mesh vents in the toe box and uppers, one sole vent and an array of perforations keep things cool, and interchangeable arch wedges fine tune footbed fit. The carbon sole is pro stiff and generously wide to fully support cleats, adding stability, and on the bike we found the R321s needed far less tightening than most shoes to feel utterly secure, fitting like a sock and being barely noticeable, even when pushing hard.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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