Specialized worked in close collaboration with the Tour de France green jersey winner Sam Bennett to build the fastest shoes in the world. Like S-Works 7, S-Works Vent, and the S-Works EXOS, the S-Works Ares is built on the foundation of Body Geometry.
Body Geometry shoes win more world tour races than any other shoe on the planet by aligning your hip, knee, and foot to deliver more power, fewer injuries, and more comfort. The result? Power increases by seven watts making you 14 seconds faster over 10km. In a sport where every second matters, that’s a whole lot of seconds to get ahead.
It starts with the Varus Wedge, a 1.5mm outward tilt to the outsole stabilizes the forefoot and helps align the ankle, the knee, and hip. Specialized prevent arch collapse with its patented Longitudinal Arch molded into the outsoles, which can be personalized with three different arch height insoles.
Riders can take this to next level with its custom footbeds. Finally, Specialized battle hot spots and numbness with its Metatarsal Button, ensuring the delicate nerves and arteries in your foot are protected by separating the bones of the forefoot. All this added up to the fastest shoes in the world.
Combining the new closure system with a Dyneema-reinforced tongueless sock, Specialized has eliminated impingement on tendons for supreme comfort. The S-Works Ares features its World Championship-winning FACT Powerline carbon outsole with a stiffness index of 15.0.
These are pressure mapping images of the same rider, at the same power, in a shoe with a traditional dual closure versus our new patent-pending S-Works Ares closure architecture and demonstrate the S-Works Ares 20% increase in contact surface.
S-Works Ares increased power delivery and its pressure mapping studies verify a 20% increase in contact surface compared to traditional closure systems. All of this adds up to a shoe 1% faster than anything Specialized has ever made, validated by science. Over a 300meter sprint, that’s the difference between a photo finish and winning by a bike length.
What happens when you combine the lightest and stiffest outsole in the world with the new S-Works Ares patent-pending closure system? Every ounce of energy becomes pure acceleration. It is the most efficient and powerful performance shoes ever made. S-Works Ares – 1% faster at the finish line.