Shimano RP5 SPD-SL road shoe

A smart-looking, decent pair of shoes that won't break the bank, the Shimano RP5 SPD-SL road shoes are a great option for those wanting stiffness without the high price

Score

9/10

Pros

  • Great price, especially when discounted
  • Stiff sole
  • Good ratchet system
  • Breathe well

Cons

  • A bit heavy

Price as reviewed:

£109

The understated Shimano RP5 road shoes might not be much to look at, but beneath the monochrome shell lies a decent performer at a great price.

Although a little niggle in the heels had me worried to begin with – even though I opted to size up straight away – these are comfortable shoes. Once on the bike the issue disappeared, and they proved great when riding.

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The good fit was complemented by the ratchet system which, while it may not look like much, still performs admirably. It’s not as impressive as a Boa dial, working instead as a slider, incrementally notching up the tightness of the shoes.

While it’s not as fine-tuneable as other systems on the market, I was still able to get a good fit across the top of the foot and the shoes felt plenty secure when pulling up on the pedals.

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Ratchet system on the Shimano RP5

The ratchet system on the Shimano RP5 shoes isn’t that sophisticated but it does the job well

For your money you also get a Shimano Dynalast sole, which is glass fibre and Nylon with a carbon plate inserted. Markings on the plate make it nice and easy to get the SPD-SL cleats placed correctly. It’s also compatible with SPD cleats.

I found the sole to be plenty stiff with no noticeable flexing and a good level of support. Shimano has got it right, then, considering these are supposed to be endurance shoes.


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A big vent on the front gives a welcome breeze through the front of the shoe, while vents on the bottom help keep things cool.

At 613g for the pair these aren’t the lightest shoes, but for £109 you wouldn’t expect them to be, and unless you’re racing at the top level I shouldn’t think it’ll be an issue.

Even better? They’re almost constantly discounted, so they’re an absolute bargain.

Verdict

Great-quality shoes that are stiff, comfortable and won't break the bank, even if they are a tad heavy.

Details

Weight: 616g (pair)
Size tested: 44
Sizes available: Sizes 38-50