Rapha likes to do things their way, which can take time to get things right. That’s just what Rapha has done with their entirely-new and internally-developed Rapha Classic and Explore cycling shoes. Both models use the same construction: anti-slip outsole, carbon plate, double-wall lacing system, adjustable arch supports and generous toe boxes for long-distance comfort.

Something that everyone will appreciate on the Classic model is the unique outsole, which features full-length TPU for confident walking off the bike. There’s no replaceable tread, but I can’t remember the last time I actually replaced a heel piece on one of my shoes.

With the Explore model, you get a full-tread outsole with aggressive lugs for extensive off-bike adventures. Additionally, the carbon insert is shortened to allow flex at the heel and toe for the ultimate walkability. Both shoes feature a classic lacing system with a single velcro strap at the forefoot.

You can see the shoe construction in the following videos.

Classic color options: White, Black, Black Pearl, High Vis Pink and an RCC

Rapha Classic Shoe

The Classic features a full rubber outsole and a full-length carbon plate.

Explore color options: Black, Black Pearl, Dark Green and High Vis Pink.

Rapha Explore Shoes

The Explore features 4-bolt cleat attachment and rugged outsoles.

Available now, the Classic is $250 and the Explore is $295.

More Info: Visit Rapha.cc

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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