Rapha Pro Team Lace Up Cycling Shoes review – more 'racing' than 'training'

Designed for both regular riding and high-performance - but the balance does tip towards the latter

Rapha Pro Team Lace Up Cycling Shoes
(Image credit: Jack Elton Walters)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall a good pair of shoes, but be careful with the sizing and keep in mind their intended use for ‘training and racing’ (over presumably shorter distances) before you head off to Paris-Brest-Paris in them.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable, for the most part

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    Stiff soles for efficient power transfer

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    Speedlace system is good

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    Fairly true to size (although Rapha recommends going up half a size)

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    No pointless sole vents to let water in

Reasons to avoid
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    Potentially a bit unforgiving for wider feet (hence the need for going up half a size) or on longer rides

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    Too much excess lace once tightened, even with the loop and tuck facility

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The Rapha Pro Team Lace Up Cycling Shoes are the British brand’s road shoe offering. They are lightweight and a lot of thought has clearly gone into the ‘Speedlace system’ which not only allows you to, well, lace up speedily, but means that also pressure is spread across the whole top of each foot to avoid painful ‘hotspots’.

They certainly hold their own against the best cycling shoes

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Rapha Pro Team Lace Up Cycling Shoes
Price£245 / €315
Weight605g (pair, size 44, with Look Keo cleats)
ColoursWhite; Black-Grey-Light Grey (reviewed)
Sizes36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 40.5, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 44.5, 45. 45.5, 46, 47
Features, as listed by Rapha:Advanced footwear technology designed for racing and training in all conditions
Row 5 - Cell 0 Pioneering 3D woven Powerweave upper for a flexible fit and superb breathability
Row 6 - Cell 0 Speedlace closure system for a pressure-dispersed fit at a minimal weight
Row 7 - Cell 0 Padded tongue disperses pressure from the laces across the top of the foot
Row 8 - Cell 0 Ultra-light, full-length carbon sole transfers every watt of power to the road
Row 9 - Cell 0 Durable water repellent (DWR) treatment for comfort in inclement weather

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.