Everything that you've been asking for.
Like any physical discipline, triathlon requires a balancing act in your gear selection. Too often, though, you're forced to one extreme or the other -- comfort over stiffness; stiffness over breathability. However, we're here to tell you that Shimano has made your life easier with its new SH-WT60 Women's Shoes. Now, you have one of the fastest entry/exit systems in existence, an anatomic, customizable fit, and an outsole that toes the line between rigidity and comfort. In the world of Shimano, it simply doesn't get any better.
In its SH-WT60 shoes, Shimano answered your requirements for a pair of triathlon shoes. Starting at the outsole, the WT60s feature a carbon composite 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 limit 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. So, 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 WT60'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 retention. However, the WT60 only requires the one burrito strap for a secure closure. So, with fewer straps to fuss with, your transition time will decrease. 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 a quick and seamless securing of the shoe. However, Shimano also included a long, durable pull-tab at the heel to ease the process of getting into the shoe.
As 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 simply 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. Additionally, Shimano has formed the uppers, and the whole shoe for that matter, to accommodate the anatomic demands of women's feet. So, the width and volume of the WT60 has been slightly modified for a maximized level of comfort.
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-WT60 Women's Shoes are available in whole and half sizes from 36.0 to 44.0 and in the color White/pink.
- Rovenica synthetic leather upper
- 3D moisture control mesh inserts
- Oversized Shimano T1 "burrito-style" strap
- Chloroprene-reinforced heel cup
- Dual-density footbed
- Women's-specific Shimano Dynalast
- Carbon fiber composite sole with adjustable cleat positioning