Our verdict


The Specialized Torch 1.0 is the brand's enhanced version of 'entry-level shoes.' It is considered an affordable offering that has acquired the company's high-end road bike shoes' performance and Body Geometry technology. The result is comfortable, efficient, and budget-friendly footwear. The Torch 1.0 ticks all the boxes and is a good option for Look Delta users.


  • Comfortable for all-day rides
  • Appealing design
  • Efficient closure system
  • Excellent performance-to-price ratio
  • Outstanding craftsmanship
  • Well-ventilated
  • Can be used for Peloton classes


  • Lacks arch support
  • Look Delta instead of SPD

Who should buy Specialized Torch 1.0

The Specialized Torch 1.0 is a must-have if you:

  • are a beginner looking for an efficient shoe to start with
  • are looking for an affordable Look Delta cycling shoe
  • need a well-ventilated shoe that will keep your feet from sweating
  • have this model's earlier version and are willing to switch/try Look Delta cleats

Who should NOT buy Specialized Torch 1.0

If you are a cyclist who needs a shoe that provides arch support, the Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 might be the one you are looking for.

With its interchangeable arch support, the Giro Imperial is also an excellent alternative to the Specialized Torch 1.0.

Ride in style and comfort with the Specialized Torch 1.0

Cyclists will be able to ride for extended hours and remain fashionable on the road without any problem with the Specialized Torch 1.0. 

A lot of owners find this road bike shoe very appealing. Also, the majority of the reviews affirm how the Specialized Torch 1.0 feels pleasant on all-day rides.  

You do not have to worry about sweaty feet, which makes the ride more comfortable since this cycling shoe is breathable.

You will not have problems adjusting the fit of your bike shoe

Being rarely seen on models in this price range, the BOA dials are greatly appreciated by plenty for their efficiency.

Change your insoles to feel more supported

According to a couple of testers, they have had to change to customized insoles to feel supported.

The cleat design of the Torch 1.0 changed

Longtime Specialized fans who have used this pair's older version were bummed that the cleat design changed from SPD to Look Delta.

With its changed cleat design, some users are able to wear it in their Peloton classes and say it enhances their performance.

Updates from its former version

Specialized's popular and highly-rated entry-level road shoes underwent a major overhaul in 2020. The brand redesigned its most successful beginner shoe and applied more high-end features. What are the updates?

The most apparent change is the loss of the three-Velcro-strap retention system and the commuter-friendly two-bolt SPD cleat fitting:

  • a BOA L6 dial has replaced the straps for on-the-go micro-adjustments
  • the SPD cleats were replaced by three-bolt Look Delta

In conjunction with the BOA, the brand's Body Geometry technology is also added to provide a more comfortable fit. It is also said that the newer offering has shed about 50 grams a pair.