For the first time, Rapha has developed two new cycling shoe models entirely in-house for both road and adventure cyclists. Over two years from sketch to shoe box, the new Classic and Explore models mark a step change for Rapha. They have been tested over tens of thousands of kilometers, on everything from trans-European bike-packing trips to club rides and by professional WorldTour riders such as Lachlan Morton of EF Education First Pro Cycling.
Two new shoes, Explore and Classic – both of which were developed in tandem are designed to be the most comfortable cycling shoes. The Classic Shoe features a durable anti-slip thermoplastic outsole and full length carbon plate making it stiff and hard-wearing. The Explore Shoe has a shortened carbon plate of approximately the sole length secured in a rubber outsole for walkable comfort and efficient power transfer. Both models incorporate a unique double-wall lacing system that delivers exceptional fit to the midfoot. They also incorporate adjustable arch supports and the last is shaped to provide ample toe box volume for tremendous comfort even after hours in the saddle.
After experimenting with an elastic pull closure system, lead designer Joël Salamin opted for traditional lace ups instead. A traditional set up at first glance, our lacing works in tandem with a double-walled midfoot and delivers the vanguard of shoe design.
“The upper is made with a single piece of lightweight microfiber material. In the midfoot, the fabric is double layered and folded back on itself to create a ‘double wall.’ Securely anchored to the carbon sole at the base, the double wall creates a loop along the bridge of the foot, which serve as eyelets for the durable polyester laces. 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. It works so well that we chose to the same construction and fit on both shoes.”
Rapha Classic Shoe
In creating the Classic Shoe Rapha started with a familiar silhouette and redesigned everything else. They used a stiff full length carbon plate for efficient power transfer to the pedals and wrapped it in tough thermoplastic outsole to protect the carbon plate when off the bike. So durable and grippy is the TPU tread that it’ll ensure you remain surefooted not only on café stops but also forays off the beaten track and on to rougher terrain.
They have also introduced a unique double-wall lacing system featuring durable eyelets integrated in the shoe’s upper and some robust laces. This lacing system distributes tensional forces from the laces over a larger area, eliminating pinch points. A low-cut upper eliminates risk of rubbing around the ankle, and a close-fitting heel cup keeps the shoe securely in place. The one-piece upper is made from a seamless, perforated microfibre and finished with the trademark Rapha stripe that allows you to micro adjust toe box volume to your preference.
The Classic Shoe has been designed from the sole up to be the most comfortable choice for road cycling and is available in five colorways: White, Black, Black Pearl, High Vis Pink and an RCC version. Sizes range from 36-48 including half sizes. Price is $250.
Rapha Explore Shoe
Many off-road shoes are merely adaptations of an existing road model, but the new Rapha Explore Shoe has been purpose-built to stand up to the most demanding terrain and conditions. The shoe has been tested over 30,000km on bike-packing expeditions and ultra-endurance races, from Dolomite trails to the sands of the Sahara.
At the heart of the shoe’s lightweight and super stiff sole is a carbon plate worthy of any road shoe, with one key difference. The plate is cut at three centimeters from the heel and two centimeters from the toe to allow flex at the front and back of the foot for comfort when gradient or lack of grip means walking is the only option. It is then set into a rugged rubber tread that provides superb traction on any terrain with recessed cleats to reduce the chance of slipping. Together the two components of the Explore shoe’s sole ensure pedaling power in the saddle as well as comfort and grip if you’re forced to walk or want to explore by foot.
Elsewhere, the Explore Shoe include some of the same features as the Classic Shoe. The sculpted heel cup secures the foot while a spacious toe box provides plenty of space, with a signature toe strap for micro which can also be used as an alternative way of securing the lace ends.
Adjustable arch support in the midsole accommodates a variety of foot shapes and the lowcut upper section avoids rubbing at the ankle. The unique double-wall lacing system is mirrored from the Classic Shoe, distributing tensional force equally, eliminating pinch points and creating a fit that is firm yet flexible.
The Explore Shoe is available in four color-ways: Black, Black Pearl, Dark Green and High Vis Pink. Sizes range from 36-48 including half sizes. Price is $295.
More details on the new Rapha shoes can be found at www.rapha.cc.
Rapha Custom Program
Rapha has been working with the sport’s most accomplished athletes for more than a decade to produce the finest cycling clothing. Shared expertise and passion for the sport has led to unparalleled product that performs in all conditions. For the first time, a wide range of Rapha kit will be available for full customization by any cyclist. Order quantities start from as low as five with discounts up to 40% on large orders, making Rapha Custom accessible for everyone – cycling clubs, businesses, or friends taking on a fondo together.
Rapha Custom is designed to improve the existing consumer experience of ordering custom kit, with a user-friendly platform and a scaled pricing structure. Save time and money by using the simple design tool to create fully customized Rapha product in minutes. There are limitless possibilities for designs, with hundreds of color combinations and options to upload team and sponsor logos. Choose from Rapha’s most popular pieces and make custom versions of the finest cycling clothing for training and racing. Rapha Custom provides an effortless experience from design to delivery.
Why Rapha Custom
- Low minimum order: 5
- Significant discounts available for purchasing larger orders with up to 40% off
- Delivery within 8 weeks
- Create your kit in minutes with Rapha’s design tool
- Easily apply patterns, fades, colors and logos.
- See your ideas appear instantly in our photography and quickly share with team members
- Tool has limitless options and hundreds of colors and layouts
- Easy to use templates serve as design starters
- Tool also allows customers to create something truly unique by uploading graphics
Learn more about Rapha Custom Program at www.rapha.cc.
Rapha Logo Collection
Rapha has become known for producing top tier cycling kit, but comfort off the bike is just as important. The Logo collection offers relaxed casual wear for smart layering and year-round comfort. Super soft sweatshirts and thick cotton t-shirts will make you feel relaxed from the moment you pull them on and incorporate chain stitched logos and hidden design features that nod to cycling’s sartorial tradition.
The new Logo collection now features the Logo Crew Neck Sweatshirt, Logo Hoodie, Logo Pocket T-Shirt, Logo Zip Polo, Logo Socks, Logo Track Jacket, Women’s Crew Neck Sweatshirt, and our signature Logo T-Shirt for both men and women.
Learn more about the Rapha Logo Collection at www.rapha.cc.