Which shoes would you buy – Specialized S-Works 7 or B’Twin 500?

Decisions, decisions! You need new cycling shoes and two brands have just dropped their latest models – which one do you choose?


You wait for one pair of brand new shoes to arrive and then two come at once! We’ve just taken delivery of two potentially brilliant, but quite different, pairs of cycling shoes – the range-topping, cutting edge Specialized S-Works 7 and the value-packed B’Twin 500. With the Specialized S-Works retailing at £330 and the B’Twins £49.99 they’re obviously at the opposite end of the spectrum, but we want to know which ones are you most likely to spend your hard earned cash on?


Specialized S-Works 7 £330

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The new S-Works 7 shoes really are cutting edge – the stiffest, lightest carbon-fibre sole Specialized have ever produced, exclusive aluminium Boa dials that adjust in 1mm increments, uppers that utilise material used in astronaut’s parachutes… But at £330 they are darned expensive! (See what Bikeradar’s Ben Delaney thinks of them here.)

B’Twin 500 £49.99


At the other end of the price spectrum are B’Twin’s latest 500s. We’re big fans of the Decathlon own brand’s great value, high quality products. The £49.99 500s boast features you’ll see on more expensive shoes – a sole that uses glass-fibre to add stiffness, three Velcro straps for tuneable fit, and a quick drying mesh upper.


So, the choice is easy right?