By Paul Norman published
Of course, being Rapha these are not just sandals, these are Rapha Slides. And actually, you’re not supposed to ride in them, you pop them on before you head out, when you’re hunting around behind the sofa for that energy gel, or post-ride to let your feet cool off in comfort.
According to Rapha: “The footbed is made from a soft and supportive foam and is contoured to create an ergonomic shape which cradles the foot. The strap is made with a perforated microfibre material and a padded lycra lining on the underside for a soft, secure fit worn with or without socks.
“As a reminder of the importance of rest and recovery, the heel is inscribed with an old adage from the peloton: ‘All hail the rest day’.”
For £35, you get the choice of black, navy or green – or you could buy a pair of each to make sure that you can match the Rapha socks you’ve been riding in. And for Rapha Cycle Club members, there's a special pink and grey option. You get a Rapha logo branded into the heel, so that if you happen to be walking through mud, you’ll impart your Raphaness for those who follow to see.
We were looking for Rapha’s £329 African Hair Sheep leather headphones to top off our pre-ride visioning and post-ride chilling, but sadly these seem to have been discontinued.
And you’ll need a pair of Rapha socks to go with your Rapha Slides too – we’d recommend the £30 Pro Team Aero socks to get you sloping around your sitting room just that bit quicker.
Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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