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(The Gear Loop) - Specialized has just announced the latest addition to its high-tech road shoes family, the S-Works 7 Lace - a model that does away with the Boa fastenings of its siblings in favour of some good old fashioned laces.

By ridding the simple but achingly stylish shoe of plastic fastenings, Specialized claims that the engineered mesh upper is able to adapt to more foot shapes, while users are faced with 12 tension points, as opposed to the previous four, to dial in hold across the foot.

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The new shoes strikes up the age-old debate for and against laces and Boa reel enclosures in general, with folk from each camp eagerly battling it out claiming one technology is superior to the other.

However, there’s no denying Specialized has managed to shed weight by reverting back to standard laces, with a single size 44 shoe tipping the scales at 236 grams. Not bad given the performance outsole.

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Here, a stiff carbon plate runs the length of the shoe ,delivering optimum power transfer from the user to the pedals. This is aided by Specialized’s BodyGeometry technologies that do their bit to assist the foot, which has evolved for walking and running, to deliver optimum power transfer.

"The human body evolved to walk, not pedal, which leads to power-robbing foot collapse, misalignment of the foot, knee, and hip, as well as “hot foot” in traditional cycling shoes," says the team behind the shoe.

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"Body Geometry shoes, including the new S-Works 7 Lace, solve these problems with three patented technologies to deliver a pain-free increase in power that’s validated by scientific testing and two decades of well-documented ass kicking," they add.

These technologies include a 1.5mm Varus Wedge, which helps improve foot, knee and hip alignment, a longitudinal arch to prevent foot collapse and metatarsal button that banishes hot spots and toe numbness on longer rides.

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Better still, the laced version of Specialized’s S-Works 7 come in at £70 cheaper than the Boa Reeled rivals, costing £300/$325 when they go on sale.

Writing by Leon Poultney.