Specialized S-Works Torch review: premium shoes with a premium price tag

Although it doesn’t look like much on the surface, a lot is going on under the skin of the latest S-Works Torch from Specialized. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
An internal -I-Beam is said to add stiffness and strength without the need additional bracing and added weight. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Plus, an asymmetrical heel cup has been introduced for added grip at the rear and an improved "locked in fit" (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Even the fancy BOA dials have been tweaked, so the cables are now routed in a way to reduce pressure on across anterior ankle ligaments. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Above all else, Specialized has ditched the Dyneema material in the upper, so it's now more flexible all over the foot. It's a great fit all-round. (image credit: Specialized)
But then there's the price. These shoes cost as much as some budget road bikes. (image credit: Specialized)
Look past the insane price tag and Specialized really has created one of the most comfortable pairs of cycling shoes we’ve had the pleasure of testing. (image credit: Specialized)