Advice for new top end shoes for cx and gravel

Especially for light weight issues concerning cyclocross / touring bikes & parts.

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by thefuzzycow

I’ve rode S-Works XC shoes for a while now and just switched over to the Shimano SPhyre shoes. They don’t look the greatest, but I’m more focused on comfort, stability, stiffness and adjustability.

The only thing I preferred on the sworks over the Shimano was the stiffness. The sworks felt a tad more stiff but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. The Shimano shoe was stiff on the sole, rubber around cleat to help with pedal traction and dual boa closure with a softer boot to help with adjustability and overall comfort in the shoe; I love them. Another cool little feature is the cats tongue heel cup. The material helps prevent heel slip to keep the heel down in the shoe.

If anything, they’re worth a shot. I’m definitely going to run the sphyre for a while until something changes my mind to switch back.
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by IrrelevantD

Do you have road shoes that you like? I've found that Giro shoes fit me best and have Factor Techlace for my road shoes. Because of that, I went with the Empire VR90's for the higher end sole, and I love them. I was kinda surprised to find that the laces actually stay tight more consistently than the BOA and velcro/laces on my Factors, which has me kinda wishing I had gotten Empires for the road.

Long story short, my point is, if you have road shoes that fit you well, get the closest thing you can find for CX/Gravel.
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