First Look: Rapha’s Pro Team Shoe

Knit performance and three color choices

Press Release

Rapha Pro Team Shoes have been designed from the ground up in close partnership with fabric experts, carbon manufacturers, and professional cyclists. They have been tested over two years and more than 20,000km, in all climates and conditions.

Working with world-leading weaving technologists Avery Dennison, we created Powerweave, an entirely new jacquard woven fabric and in doing so set a new benchmark for cycling footwear.   The result is a shoe unlike anything on the market, with glove-like comfort, a stiff carbon sole, and race ready performance.

The Pro Team Shoe has been developed with input from professional riders in the EF-Education First Pro Cycling team, and features reduced volume over the top of the foot to promote a glove-like sensation on the foot. EF athlete Lachlan Morton said: “I’ve put about 12 days on them now, maybe 1,000km or so. I generally hate new shoes for a month but loved these straight out of the box. Having put so few kilometers on them, I’d normally never race in them but they were an instant favorite. Honestly no complaints which I’ve never had in any other shoe. “

Meanwhile, size and width are consistent with Rapha’s current Explore and Classic shoes. The Pro Team Shoe also brings a secure heel, snug mid-foot, and more toe box room than the earlier shoes. There is also adjustable arch support. Neilson Powless, EF Pro Cycling rider said: “I started using the Rapha shoes a week before starting Tour Down Under. After the first ride, I already knew I wanted them for the race. Comfort and stiffness are hard to balance, but Rapha has done it beautifully with these shoes.”

Powerweave seamless, one-piece upper
BOA dials with tighten/loosen on the fly as well as engage/quick release adjustability
Lightweight and stiff full length carbon sole delivers power through the pedal stroke
Lightweight titanium cleat nuts
External heel cup for improved heel fit and hold
Replaceable, non-slippery TPU heel tread
Durable TPU toe tread
Footbed with customizable arch height (Neutral, Medium and High) and soft antimicrobial microfibre top
Lightweight 220g per shoe (approx. weight size 42)
Three-bolt cleat/pedal compatible
Upper: Polyester yarn
Liner: microfibre ” BOA: plastic
Sole: carbon fibre
Tread: TPU
Insole: EVA & microfibre
Cleat nuts: Titanium
Price: $355
Available in black, light grey, and purple/blue colors.

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