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Rapha Launches New Shoes For Both Road And Adventure Cyclists

Rapha has developed two new cycling shoe models for both road and adventure cyclists. 

 

The Classic Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

Two new shoes, Explore and Classic are designed to be what Rapha claims to be the most comfortable cycling shoes.

The Classic Shoe features an anti-slip thermoplastic outsole and full-length carbon plate making it stiff and hard-wearing, while the Explore Shoe has a shortened carbon plate of approximately ¾ of the sole length secured in a rubber outsole. 

Both models incorporate a unique double-wall lacing system. They also integrate adjustable arch supports and is also shaped to provide ample toe box volume, which might be a good option for those with wider feet. 

 

The Explore Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

 

“When lacing up the shoe, tensional force is distributed more evenly across the top of the foot, eliminating pinch points and creating a firm yet flexible fit for comfort throughout the pedal stroke. We created something that looks seamless and improves the overall strength of the shoe.”    Joël Salamin, Rapha Designer

 

Classic Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

Explore Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

Classic Road Shoe

The Classic Shoe features a stiff full-length carbon plate and a thermoplastic outsole to protect the carbon plate when off the bike. Rapha has also introduced a double-wall lacing system featuring eyelets integrated into the shoe.

This unconventional lacing system distributes tensional forces from the laces over a larger area, eliminating pinch points. A low-cut upper removes the risk of rubbing around the ankle, and a close-fitting heel cup keeps the shoe securely in place. Weighing at only approximately 250g for a Size 42, Rapha claims these shoes are one of the lighter models in the market. 

The Classic Shoe has been designed from the sole up to be what Rapha claims is the most comfortable choice for road cycling and is available in five colour-ways: White, Black, Black Pearl, High Vis Pink and an RCC version. Sizes range from 36-48 including half sizes.

 

Photo: Rapha

 

Photo: Rapha

FEATURES

Signature Rapha reflective toe strap
Lightweight, stiff full-length carbon plate for power transfer
Supple perforated, seamless one-piece microfiber upper
Elastic loop keeps laces neatly away from your chainset
Lightweight anodised D-ring on the toe strap
Grippy thermoplastic heel tread
3-bolt cleat/pedal compatible
Reflective heel tab for visibility at night
Reinforced toe and heel for durability

FABRIC

Upper: 100% microfibre
Laces: 100% polyester
Sole footplate: Carbon fibre
Outsole cover: 100% TPU EVA insole with soft antimicrobial microfibre top layer
Cleat bolts: 100% stainless steel

Classic Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

Explore Shoe

Rapha claims the new Explore Shoe has been purpose-built to stand up to the most demanding terrain and conditions. 

One of the key features is the walkable carbon footplate that allows for flex in where it matters, at the extremities of the toes and heel. The sculpted heel cup secures the foot while a spacious toe box provides plenty of space for those with a wider foot.

Adjustable arch support in the midsole accommodates a variety of foot shapes, and the low-cut upper section avoids rubbing at the ankle. The double-wall lacing system is similar to the Classic Shoe, distributing tensional force equally, eliminating pinch points. Weighing at only approximately 300g for a Size 42 with 2-bolt compatible cleats, Rapha claims these shoes are one of the lighter models in the market.

The Explore Shoe is available in four colour-ways: Black, Black Pearl, Dark Green and High Vis Pink. Sizes range from 36-48 including half sizes.

 

Photo: Rapha

 

Photo: Rapha

FEATURES

Signature reflective Rapha toe strap
Lightweight carbon plate, cut shorter for flexibility at toe and heel
Durable and grippy natural rubber tread
Elastic loop keeps laces neatly away from your chainset
Lightweight anodised titanium D-ring
Supple perforated, seamless one-piece microfiber upper
Reflective heel for visibility at night
Reinforced toe and heel for durability

FABRIC

Upper: 100% microfibre
Laces: 100% polyester
Sole footplate:  Carbon fibre
Outsole cover: 100% rubber EVA insole with soft antimicrobial microfibre top layer
Cleat bolts: 100% anodised titanium

Explore Shoe. Photo: Rapha

 

Classic Shoe retails for SGD 337.80.
Explore Shoe retails for SGD 398.55.

 

For more information about the shoes, click here

Darren Lim

Darren Lim

Darren is an avid cyclist who is really keen to meet new people and explore the roads untravelled. He appreciates mountains or terrains that gives him a challenge. He loves overseas adventures and is always keen for more.
He is currently an undergraduate of Sports Science and Management in NTU.

“Life is too short to stay comfortable at home. Get on your bike and live life to the fullest!”

Darren Lim


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