Object of Desire: Rapha Classic shoes

Cyclingnews takes a closer look at Rapha's timeless Classic road shoes

What is a hands on review?
Rapha Classic shoe
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Early Verdict

Effortless style and sensible design from one of the leaders in cycling fashion


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    Simple-yet-bold aesthetic

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    Well-considered unassuming design

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    Excellent build quality


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    The silver colour is very loud

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    Laces aren't for everyone

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Last week's object of desire was the ultra-exclusive Rapha x Palace POC helmet and, whether you liked it or not, the collaboration kit will be remembered for years to come for its polarising bold aesthetic and hyped-up status. This week we are taking a look at Rapha’s Classic road shoe, with its timeless looks we think it could be the best-looking cycling footwear on the market.   

Shop at Rapha.com.

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Graham has been part of the Cyclingnews team since January 2020. He has mountain biking at his core and can mostly be found bikepacking around Scotland or exploring the steep trails around the Tweed Valley. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has gained a reputation for riding fixed gear bikes both too far and often in inappropriate places.

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.