Our verdict


The Specialized S-Works 7 performs flawlessly and ensures that no energy will be wasted when you pedal and that your feet remain cozy no matter how hard and long you cycle. With the perfect balance of comfort, style, and performance, this road cycling shoe might step up your game.


  • Very stiff outsole
  • Efficient power transfer
  • Super light
  • Comfortable for all-day ride
  • Great for sprinting
  • Roomy toe box
  • Easy-to-adjust BOA closure
  • Stylish
  • Worth the price


  • Requires a break-in period
  • BOA placement causes pressure

Who should buy Specialized S-Works 7

The Specialized S-Works 7 is an excellent match for those who:

  • want a high-performance road cycling shoe no matter the price
  • are looking for a cycling shoe with an extremely stiff outsole
  • need a bike shoe that can accommodate wide feet

Who should NOT buy Specialized S-Works 7

If you do not like to wait until your cycling shoe becomes cozy, the Giro Imperial, which is comfortable right out of the box, is an excellent alternative for the Specialized S-Works 7.

The Specialized Torch 1.0 is also a great option since this cycling shoe has no issues regarding the placement of its BOA dials, so it is unlikely to cause any pressure points.

Feel that power when you push the pedal

The Specialized S-Works 7 maximizes power transfer with its extremely stiff outsole, which has a stiffness index of 15.0 (the brand's maximum). The stiffness index of the S-Works 7 is 2 points higher than the stiffness index of the S-Works 6. 

Due to its stiffness, a lot of cyclists noted that the power transfer to the pedals is remarkable, with a reviewer even saying that this shoe has a “superhero-esque power transfer.” 

Additionally, since this cycling shoe “transmits power nicely,” users said that they “gained a couple mph” and that this shoe is “great for sprinting.”

The Specialized S-Works 7 is surprisingly light

The outsole of the S-Works 7 is not only the stiffest, but it is also the lightest sole from the brand. With a weight of 224 grams (7.90 oz), this cycling shoe from Specialized is 40% more lightweight compared to the average weight of the cycling shoes in our collection, which is 335 grams (11.82 oz).

Cyclists said that this cycling shoe is “supremely lightweight,” and it felt like they did not even have a shoe on due to its weight.

Be patient; this shoe will get comfy

After a pretty rough start, cyclists started to feel comfortable after breaking it in and said it has a “rough break-in period but very worth the wait.” Some even commented that after breaking the shoe in, “the comfort is 10/10.”

The Specialized S-Works 7 is “very comfortable on long rides,” allowing cycling to ride all day without having any issues.

Got wide feet? No problem!

The Specialized S-Works 7 is perfect for those with wide feet since it has a wide toe box, allowing toes to move freely.

Aesthetically, the Specialized S-Works is 10/10

This cycling shoe from Specialized has “design and comfort all rolled into one;” cyclists were “blown away by their looks” and performance. “They look killer,” and this pair is “impossibly good looking,” according to wearers.

You get what you pay for

Do not flinch at the price tag. This shoe is expensive, but it is “worth the price of admission.” Users said that the “technology and construction are unparalleled for the price.”

The BOA closure is effective but might be placed incorrectly

A lot of cyclists have expressed their love for the BOA closure system of the Specialized S-Works 7. The dials were very easy to turn, and it even allows micro-adjustments even when on the fly. The BOA system of the S-Works 7 “tightens down in all the right places.”

While the BOA closure is effective, some cyclists find it too high on their feet, which causes pressure points.