Rapha Pro Team Lace-up shoe review: A new take on road shoe retention

The Pro Team Lace Up shoes offer an interesting alternative that will suit riders who don't need their shoes to be super tight

Rapha Pro Team cycling shoes
(Image: © Future / Tom Wieckowski)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Pro Team Lace-up shoes are stylish and represent another quality option in the Rapha range. If you're competing regularly though perhaps look at the Pro Team Boa shoes instead


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    Stylish, unfussy design

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    DWR coating on the uppers is great for white shoe lovers

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    Stiff and well finished carbon sole


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    The Speed Lace and woven upper don't hold the foot as closely as a dual BOA system

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Rapha Pro Team cycling shoes

(Image credit: Future / Tom Wieckowski )

Price: £245 / $315 / €280 / AUD $450

Sizes: EU 36-47

Weight: 245g ea. / 490g per pair

Colours: White / Black

When I first saw the new Rapha Pro Team Lace Up shoes I have to admit I had some reservations about the speed lace closure system and how it would stand up in use. I've long been a fan of the design and aesthetics of the Rapha Pro Team shoes and wanted to test this version out for myself. 

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Design and aestheticsI love the styling and look of the Lace Up shoes. And the Lace Up system is an interesting concept in a road cycling shoe 8/10
ComfortTotally comfortable for me, I had no issues of any kind9/10
PerformancePremium, stiff road shoes. But the Lace Up system doesn't hold the foot as securely as a BOA equipped shoe if performance is your focus 7/10
WeightMy EU 43.5 shoes came in at 245grams each, pretty lightweight 8/10
ValueIn line with other premium road shoes, with carbon fibre soles and more premium construction. £50 cheaper than the Rapha Pro Team shoes8/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 80%

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Tom Wieckowski
Tech writer

Tom joined the Cyclingnews team in late 2022 as tech writer. Tom has over 10 years experience as a qualified mechanic with 5 or so of those being spent running an independent workshop. Tom has ridden and raced bikes from an early age up to a national level on the road and track and has ridden and competed in most disciplines, even the odd bit of bike polo. Tom is as happy tinkering away in the garage as he is out on the road bike exploring the Worcestershire lanes.