If you’re into a lace-up shoe’s timeless look and feel — listen up. The new Specialized S-Works Torch shoes are now offered in a Lace-up version that is lighter and about $100 cheaper than its BOA counterpart.
Specialized has been adding lace-up options to most of the S-Works shoe line for some time now. It usually takes a few months (or, in this case, almost a year), but it’s like clockwork, and they always look very cool.
Why add a lace-up version to a shoe that many already deem comfortable? Well — first off, laces look cooler. What better way to show everyone on the group ride you’re most fashionable? But seriously — Eliminating the BOA enclosure removes the ability to overtighten and cause hot spots, which gives a level up in comfort.
For some, the BOA dials don’t sit in the most comfortable place, and laces do not require any extra plastic molding to keep them in place. Eliminating the molding means a very pliable and supple shoe, especially considering the upper material.
The S-Works Torch Laceup has a new upper with reinforcement in critical zones, redesigned from the BOA removal. Eliminating the asymmetrical BOA bed gives the shoe a super clean symmetrical look, with a striking line down the middle of the toe box.
How is it different from the S-Works BOA Torch?
The lace-up version of the S-Works Torch carries overall (except the BOA) technology and features, including the new wider base plate, 4mm wider (than the previous S-Works 7 shoe) at the ball of the foot.
The sole and last are the same as used in the S-Works Torch (BOA), with a full carbon sole and internal ‘I-Beam.’ The I-Beam construction allows the sole to be super lightweight without excess carbon. This process makes it 20g lighter (than the S-Works 7) while maintaining the same stiffness profile.
Like the S-Works Torch, the new lace-up version uses an asymmetrical heel. This design counter supports the medial side of the foot while removing material from the lateral side, allowing for a lower collar.
Underneath, Specialized uses titanium alloy cleat nuts to keep the shoe as light as possible along with a replaceable heel pad.
S-Works Torch — Color Options
The S-Works Torch lace-up arrives in different colorways than the original; White (tested), Black, Dune White, and Dark Navy.
S-Works Torch Laceup Pricing and Availability
The all-new S-Works Torch Laceup is available online and at your local Specialized dealer.
Available sizes: 36-49 with half sizes from 38-46
Weight: 198g/shoe 43* (without insole)
Look for a full review as we get more time in on these, but if you’re looking to get some of your own, check out Specialized.com.