Shimano RX8 gravel shoe review

Shimano's RX8 is a performance gravel shoe that's lightweight and walkable but with the stiffness necessary for a full day of hard riding or racing

A pair of Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes on muddy ground, overlaid with a 'recommends' badge
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Take a road bike shoe and give it a two-bolt cleat interface and the traction to walk in the dirt, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect in the Shimano RX8. You get the stiffness necessary to race or ride hard off-road for a day without sore feet or unnecessary weight. A perfect bridge between road and mountain bike shoes.


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    Well vented

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    Stiff sole

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    Easy to clean exterior


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    You can feel the inside layer of the one piece upper

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    Not enough toe protection to handle toe overlap rubs

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For too long gravel riders have had lots of choices when it came to footwear, but none of them were quite right. Gravel-specific shoes are often offered with a design catered to casual riding with soft soles. Choosing road shoes gets you the stiffness necessary for hard riding and racing but without the ability to walk, or run, when necessary. Mountain bike shoes have all the features needed, but they are often heavier than necessary and with a wider profile that can rub the crank arms. 

The Shimano RX8 finds the sweet spot between the two. You get the features you need without the weight you don't. It's for this reason that they've landed on our list of the best gravel bike shoes. Keep reading to see where they fit into the larger landscape of available options.  

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx