We asked around, but few cyclists seem to know the Supacaz cycling shoes. The American brand - which also produces handlebars, handlebar pads, pedals, bottle cages and gloves - may be known for its flashy colours, we chose the snow-white new Kazze racing shoe for an introduction.
Supacaz was founded in 2013 by Anthony Sinyard, the son of Mike Sinyard who is in turn the founder of Specialized. Anthony grew up surrounded by bicycles. The trademark of this American brand is the oil colour. These racing shoes also come in a shiny oil colour. It may not be something everyone likes, but it's got something.
Racing shoes have always fascinated us. We have known since childhood that good shoes are very important for our feet. We opened our Kazze shoe box and at first glance we just saw a pair of white racing shoes. But when we went outside with them and the sun started shining on them, we noticed a mix of colours shining against the sunlight. If we hold them at a certain angle, it is as if they are glowing.
The top feels very soft and the side is finished with a design that looks like a Union Jack flag. We put them on the scales and read 284 and 286 grams per shoe. Our first impression is definitely positive.
On the pedals
In order to get the cleats in the right place, the shoes are provided with marking lines, which are very useful when making minor adjustments. We ourselves use the ERGON ADJUSTMENTAL TP1 LOOK KEO, an aid to position the cleats exactly on the shoe. In the shoe there are black insoles, which we immediately replace with our custom orthotics, made to support our feet optimally while cycling. Tighten the BOA system and we are ready to go!
We cycle a little at a leisurely pace to get the feeling and notice that, for a pair of new shoes, it feels quite comfortable. Thanks to the double BOA system, the upper has formed itself perfectly around our foot, the tongue seems to be asymmetrical but feels very comfortable. This system ensures a perfect fit. After an hour of cycling, the ventilation holes on top and bottom ensure that our feet stay 'cool'. They will not be waterproof, but that is of course not the intention.
When we approach a bridge, it is time to stand on the pedals. We tighten the BOA system once more and the fit continues to form optimally around our feet. We sprint upwards - the wattage increases - the Nasa grade 3 rated carbon sole and the HeliumHeel, which increases efficiency throughout the entire pedal stroke, allow us to perform in the most extreme conditions. We make a few extra efforts, but the shoe still performs well.
A little later, the weather begins to change, some grey clouds form over our heads but we decide to continue cycling. We decide to do a complete check of this Supacaz Kazze. After 2 hours of cycling, we have no tingling toes or aching feet. We decide to return home, hoping to stay dry, but the floodgates of heaven open just too early. In 5 minutes, we had a short but powerful shower. We were able to protect our bodies with our rain jackets, but our shoes had to brave the elements of nature.
Back home, we take off our wet racing shoes. By pulling out the BOA dial, the clutch is released, allowing us to completely undo the laces to take off our shoes. The double functioning VaporX system that ventilates the air through the shoe and removes the moisture ensured that our shoes were not soaked. The ventilation system has done its job! A little later, they were ready for our next ride.
After a little polishing, white shoes should stay white, we are still convinced of these Kazze shoes. They are not only beautiful, they feel light, have an excellent fit and perform like a high-level race shoe should. These are top of the range shoes, which is only right for a price of over 350 euros. They are available in 4 colours: Oil Slick Reflective and Hologram (399 euro) and the White Holo and Black Holo (369 euro).
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