In the case of Northwave Typhoon SBS Cycling Shoes, what they aren't is almost as important as what they are. First, what they aren't: scaled down men's shoes decorated with flowers and pretty colors, or an afterthought designed to capture more market share. Northwave built the Women's Typhoon around a women specific last to ensure proper fit and optimal performance for the serious female cyclist. The carbon fiber soleplate is much lighter than other, less costly sole materials. It also allows Northwave to reduce sole thickness for direct power transfer from your foot to the pedal. The Ultra Y heel counter envelops the heel and holds it firmly to eliminate heel lift. The SBS Step By Step ratcheting system provides stable closure that won't come undone or loosen up while you ride. It allows you to dial in a precise fit so you can maximize pedaling efficiency without having to deal with hot spots and blisters. Overheating is a dead issue with Northwave's advanced Airflow ventilation system. Large mesh vents on the sides work with the lower vent channels to keep a constant supply of fresh air moving through the shoe. The ventilated Performance Pro footbed with lightweight anatomical arch support allows air to flow all around your foot during a ride, and the breathable microfiber upper lets your foot regulate its temperature naturally. Northwave Typhoon SBS Women's Shoes come in Whiteblackgold. They are available in whole sizes 36 to 48 and half sizes 39. 5 to 42. 5.