Special gold Shimano shoes for the Olympics
R315 and new R320 shoes with gold details and national flags given to select riders in the London 2012 Games

Shimano have announced a limited run of special edition shoes to celebrate the Olympic Games.

For select riders sponsored by Shimano, the current top-end R315 (which we have reviewed) has been given a special finish to celebrate their home nation. A not-so-subtle gold finish graces the shoes along with their country flag and name on the middle Velcro strap.

Look out for Matt Goss, Bernhard Eissel, Ryder Hesjedal, Marianne Vos, Michael Rogers, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sven Nijs and a handful of other lucky riders in the race tomorrow, and see if you can spot their new shoes.

Also worth keeping your eyes peeled for is the first sighting of Shimano's replacement for the R315, the new R320, which will be worn by few riders.

Loads of cyclists will be wearing Shimano's Olympic shoes. All this lot, in fact:

Matt Goss
Michael Hepburn
Melissa Hoskins
Bernhard Eissel
Ryder Hesjedal
Matti Breschel
Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Judith Arndt
Marianne Vos
Annemiek van Vleuten
Loes Gunnewijk
Amy Pieters
Daryl Impey
Michael Albassinni
Ian Stannard
Simon Gerrans
Michael Rogers
Jack Bobridge
John Degenkolb
Roger Kluge
Yuki Doi
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Catriel Soto
Rebecca Henderson
Daniel Mc Connell
Karl Markt
Sven Nijs
Kevin van Hoovels
Geoff Kabush
Annika Langvad
Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Adelheid Morath
Eva Lechner
Maja Wocslowska
Blaza Klemencic
Carlos Coloma
Sergio Mantacon

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.


ALIHISGREAT [119 posts] 3 years ago

Surely they shouldn't wear gold if they haven't earned it?

Matt_S [234 posts] 3 years ago

Can't wait to get a pair of these to go with my WC jersey and yellow bike.  4

wild man [297 posts] 3 years ago

The list omitted Sarah Jessica Parker and Imelda Marcos.