You can't put a price on comfort during the course of a triathlon. However, you also have to walk the razor's edge between too comfortable and too dynamically-driven. Luckily, no one understands this golden ratio better than Shimano, and its new SH-TR60 Shoes represent this knowledge.
In its SH-TR60 shoes, Shimano met your requirements for a pair of triathlon shoes. The TR60s feature a carbon composite outsole construction that strikes the ideal balance between rigidity and comfort. Now, we're all raised to believe that stiffer is better, and in some cycling applications, this is absolutely true. However, it's crucial to remember that the cycling leg isn't the last thing that you're doing on race day. So, as to not berate the circulation to your feet, Shimano developed what it calls its Dynalast technology. This outsole system delivers power to the pedal, while still allowing a calculated level of flex. This is possible due to the sole's variable stiffness and density that accommodates the movements of the arch. All that means when you reach T2, your feet will feel like they just got out of the water for a seamless transition to your running shoes.
And on the subject of transitions, let's move on to one of the TR60's coolest features -- its closure system. Somehow, Shimano has managed to simplify the simplified with its new take on the burrito strap closure system. With a typical burrito strap, you'll find that the closure relies on a two-strap system -- one lower hook-and-loop that controls volume, and the large upper-strap for closure. However, the TR60 only requires the one burrito strap for a secure closure. So, with fewer straps to fuss with, this will certainly speed up your transition time. But, we understand that you might still be wondering what a burrito strap actually is. Basically, the burrito analogy is drawn from the upper-strap's construction, where one layer of the upper wraps over the other. This allows you to really dial in the volume of the shoe, whether it be for training or on-the-fly during a race. For your T1 transitions, the one-strap closure system is a breeze. The large strap opens away from the drivetrain to allow quick and seamless securing of the shoe. Shimano also included a long, durable pull-tab at the heel to ease the process of getting into the shoe.
For the uppers, Shimano used its new Rovenica synthetic leather for the support structure. This material is similar to other high-end synthetics in that it's more durable, lighter weight, and better to look at than traditional leather. It's obvious that most of the uppers are comprised of an ultralight synthetic mesh. This, in cooperation with the Rovenica, keeps the elasticity of the shoes extremely high, while providing the utmost in breathability and moisture management.
And of course, no top-tier Shimano shoe would be complete without Shimano's heat-moldable insoles. This system allows you to conform the insoles to a custom mold of your feet. This brings obvious advantages in both comfort and arch support. And over the long leg in the saddle, your custom shape will nearly eliminate the threat of abrasion.
The Shimano SH-TR60 Shoes are available in whole and half sizes from 37.0 to 50.0 and in the color White/black.