For a couple of years now we’ve seen reflective and high-viz cycling clothing become more and more popular, and not just among commuters. Now the trend is making its way into cycling shoes, first with the release of the reflective version of the Giro Empire shoes last year, and now with the unveiling of the new Rapha Reflective Climber’s shoes.
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At first glance you might think that just the silver band across the toe is reflective, but in fact the whole of the synthetic leather upper is designed to light up when illuminated by car headlights or street lights when riding in the dark. We haven’t been able to see just how bright the shoes are, but there are a few riders wearing them at the Tour de France right now, so if we get any rainy days where the cars and motorbikes are forced to turn their headlights on, we should see them in action.
Other than the reflective upper, the Rapha Reflective Climber’s shoes have the same construction as the standard Climber’s shoes. This means that they are designed as lightweight shoes (apparently weighing 215g for a size 9) for hot days in the mountains, with a perforated breathable upper and an Easton EC90 SLX carbon sole for optimum power transfer.
The shoes are available in two colours, blue and yellow, 18 sizes, and one price: £280.