Shimano RP5 SPD-SL road shoe review

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

Cycling Weekly Verdict

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

Reasons to buy
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    Great price, especially when discounted

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    Stiff sole

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    Good ratchet system

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    Breathe well

Reasons to avoid
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    A bit heavy

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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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