Released this week, the new Specialized Recon ADV Shoes are designed for all-day comfort on and off the bike and look promising as a clipless option for bikepacking. Check them out here…

The latest addition to Specialized’s Recon lineup is a lace-up clipless shoe called the Specialized Recon ADV. According to the brand, the idea behind the Recon ADV is that “riding in style is just as important as the actual ride.” They describe them as all-day shoes for gravel and off-the-bike adventures that don’t skimp on pedaling performance.

Logan’s original pair of ADV shoes are still going strong after six years, and he put more 2,000 miles on the Recon 2.0 XC/MTB shoes a few years back, finding them comfortable, grippy while hiking, and great for jumping between pedaling and walking. We can only hope some of this DNA has been transferred over to the new Recon ADV, which appears to be a long-awaited redux to their original Specialized Recon Mixed, a shoe that was launched around the time when the big S announced a line of bikepacking bags.

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The Recon ADV shoes use a standard two-bolt cleat pattern, classic lace-up closure, and a TPU mudguard for protection and durability. Here are some additional features, straight from Specialized:

  • STRIDE Toe-Flex Technology allows greater toe flex for steep inclines and improved walkability
  • Laser perforated upper features microfiber backing for better moisture management and supple feeling
  • Ride or hike in confidence with a TPU mudguard that offers protection from stone strikes
  • Pontoons create a stable pedal platform as well as aiding walking feel
  • Greater SlipNot rubber tread coverage on the sole that’s optimized for gravel traction
  • Features proven Body Geometry Technology like the Varus Wedge to maintain efficient and comfortable hip, knee, and foot alignment while riding
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The Specialized Recon ADV shoes come in Black, Taupe/Dark Moss Green, and Dusk/Purple Orchid in sizes 36-49 and cost $225 USD. Head over to or your local dealer to learn more.

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