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The deeper that we get into Shimano's new line of cycling shoes, the more that we start to wonder, 'where's the
entry-level?' Simply by going in order, the new SH-R088 Shoes fall second in the catalog. However, it retains key
features from Shimano shoes well above it. Shimano had one key objective for its SH-R088 shoes: meeting comfort with
quality. And not surprisingly, Shimano did not disappoint. The R088s feature a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide outsole
construction that strikes the ideal balance between rigidity and comfort. Now, we're all led to believe that stiffer is
better, and in some cycling applications, this is absolutely true. However, it's crucial to remember that over the
course of a century, that overly rigid shoe will degrade your circulation. So, to avoid the eventual numbing, Shimano
developed what it calls its Dynalast technology. This outsole system delivers power to the pedal, while still allowing a
calculated level of flex. This is possible due to the sole's variable stiffness and density that accommodates the
movements of the arch. Furthering this power transfer are the R088's securing straps. The shoes feature two
hook-and-loop straps that allow you to control the shoes' internal volume. Shimano has given these a broad and offset
design that makes them simple to grab and adjust while in the saddle, should you need to make any on-the-fly
adjustments. Controlling the overall tightness and security is a Shimano micro-adjust, ratcheting buckle. This system
allows you make incremental adjustments with an elongated ratchet fixture. And when examining all three straps, it
becomes obvious that they all work in unison with the R088's anatomic last design. For the uppers, Shimano used a
stretch-resistant, synthetic leather for the support structure. This material is similar to other high-end synthetics in
that it's more durable, lighter weight, and better to look at than traditional leather. To keep your feet cool, Shimano
placed ultralight ope...