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S-Works Recon Lace Shoe

3.1666666666666665 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews
Current price: $162.50 Original price: $324.99
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Color:Oak Green


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Why We Like The S-Works Recon Lace Shoe

The S-Works Recon Lace Shoe tackles it all—long-distance, gravel riding, mud and dirt—with confidence and speed that'll leave the haters in the dust. We like Specialized for their time-tested gear that's rider-approved, and we're not shy about our feelings for the Recon. It's ergonomically designed and scientifically tested for performance, speed, and durability. It's part of the Recon family, speedy and comfortable on the bike and off (we love a quick hike-a-bike). The Recon mountain bike shoes make no compromises for speed, and we're seeing exceptional power transfer and lightness that's unrivaled for cross-country riding. This shoe is stiff, but not uncomfortable. It's fast, but durable. It's what we're looking for when we're ready to hit the trail at top speed.


  • An ergonomic shoe that's lightweight and speedy
  • The Recon can tackle everything from mud and dirt to gravel
  • Stiff and light XC FACT carbon plate for max power transfer
  • Form-fit with roomy toe box for additional comfort
  • Item #SCQ00IG
Upper Material
XC FACT carbon plate
SlipNot rubber
Cleat Compatibility
2-bolt mountain
Claimed Weight
cycling, mountain biking

Overall Rating

3 based on 6 ratings

Review Summary

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5 Stars - 2 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

December 8, 2023

Ankle killer for me, too

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 8"

I thought "Maybe my ankles are different - after all, most of these reviews seem like they are from men. Maybe, since I'm female, these shoes won't hurt my ankle." I should have listened to all of the other reviewers. The left shoe hits me too high on the outside of my left ankle bone. The shoe hurt the moment I tried it on. I'm returning it. Otherwise, the shoes fit me very well and are so light. I really wanted them to work for me.

Laurel D
2 out of 5 stars

April 11, 2023

Ankle killer

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:

LIke many others have reported, the outside of the shoe dig into my ankle. If you have ever experienced this with other shoes, just save yourself the trouble and don't order them. Seem nice. Super stiff. Very light. But, they're not going to work for me. I will say, the insole included in these is garbage. It looks like molded styrofoam. Factor in throwing those away and buying something more substantial into your costs. Maybe a little much volume in the toebox for me, but the heelcup (if it hadn't been too tall) is very grippy, so I suspect that would have been fine, maybe even pleasant for colder days and thicker socks.

ed.4953907 e
2 out of 5 stars

March 5, 2022

Great shoe. . . but

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 6"

I love lace shoes and was excited for the Recon. They definitely met all of my expectations and I was truly happy with them until I tried to switch out the toe studs for cyclocross. That's when my trouble began. I struggled to remove the studs that came with the shoes and when I tried to install toe spikes I found that the fixing bolt in the sole that's supposed to keep the threads in place would not hold the threads. The more I tried the worse it got until I simply had to give up on ever using these shoes for the challenging conditions of cyclocross. So, buy them if you never need toe spikes.

Lee W
5 out of 5 stars

November 3, 2021

S-Works Recon Lace Shoe - Gray/Black

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

I recently built my gravel bike, and I love it more than my road bike. However, I was using Speedplay clips, and dirty got into my clips. It was so hard to unclip, and one time it got to the point that I could not unclip and fell. Anyways, I decided that I would buy some gravel shoes and mtn Look clips. So I installed them, and the shoes are fantastic. I feel as I'm riding S-Works road shoes. I only use S-Works, and the laces are excellent. I thought the shoes would feel loose due to having laces. But the material S-works use is stiff and does not feel cheap like other shoes. I have been using these shoes, and I love how it's easy to clean after a gravel ride and feel great on the feet during gravel climbs. I would not buy any different kinds of brand shoes besides S-Works. I love the white gravel shoes. I wish they would make that design in road shoes because it would look unique.

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Areil M
3 out of 5 stars

October 25, 2021

Had to return them

I returned this product before using it

I wear a 43-44 in various cycling shoes and the 43 felt great regarding length. The width in the toe box was more generous than Shimano but as not generous as Giro. I consider my foot to be wide and these shoes felt fine. My biggest complaint and the reason I had to return them was that they dug into my ankle on the outside of the shoe in a really bad way. I watched a review on YouTube of these shoes and the guy named this same issue as the only fault with the shoe but it's a big fault in my opinion since the shoe is not cut low enough around the outside of the ankle. The shoe material in this area is very stiff with little padding. I compared them to my Shimano XC7 which don't have this issue as well as Giro Ventana which don't either. I liked everything about this shoe but couldn't keep it.


Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

September 12, 2021

Glad to be back in S-Works

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

I have tried other shoes over the past two years; Lake, Shimano, and Mavic. I'm glad to be back in S-Works shoes because they just fit my feet well. They have a roomy toe box but hold you heel in securely. S-Works just fit my feet; it is nothing against the other shoes. The Shimano RX8 are a quality performance shoe. This is my first lace cycling shoe. I've had the shoes for a month now and I'm still figuring out how to lace before each ride. From what I've learned it is best to leave them loose to start because my feet swell into a comfortable fitting shoe. The overall fit and performance of the shoe is everything you would expect out of an S-Works shoe, which makes me happy to be back in them. I love the aloha colorway. I highly recommend these shoes if you are an S-Works fan; and especially if you were a fan of the S-Works Sub6 Lace.

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Chris G