Shimano RP3 cycling shoes review

Shimano’s budget shoe has a quality construction, although the sole unit is a bit flexy

Shimano RP3
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Shimano RP3 shoes have a quality upper with a really comfortable fit. They’re easy to adjust when out riding, but are a bit let down by the flexy sole unit and overpadded upper. You get good ventilation but may find over time that you want something that gives a more connected pedal feel.

Reasons to buy
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    Ratchet adjustment

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    Well vented

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    Floating cleat bolts give extra adjustment for 3-bolt and 2-bolt cleats

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Reasons to avoid
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    Flexy sole unit

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    A bit over-padded and loose fitting for efficient pedalling

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The Shimano RP3 shoe benefits from a ratchet upper closure. This gives a firm hold on the foot, for good pedalling efficiency and leads to easy adjustment while on the move. Its not quite got the fine adjustability of the Bontrager Circuit’s Boa or a Velcro strap though.

The upper strap is nice and wide and the ratchet is positioned well to the side of the upper. This, coupled to the padded tongue, leads to comfortable distribution of pressure over the top of the foot.

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Paul Norman

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.