“The world’s finest road shoe” is the simple claim for the technically elegant Giro x Rapha Grand Tour Shoes, a collaboration between UK premium bicycle racing roadwear specialists Rapha, and US sports gear technologists Giro. Uppers are hand-cut perforated Yak leather by ecco, for lightness, water resistance, breathability and superb tensile strength, and a cycling industry first. An Easton EC90 unidirectional carbon sole offers excellent stiffness and pedal contact. Giro SuperNatural with adjustable arch support, and a cork footbed that molds naturally to the rider’s foot, ensures optimal fit. Closures are machined aluminum ratcheting buckles with padded leathersand titanium hardware. And there’s the elegant Rapha styling. Available in white or black, in early April. $450.
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