Watching someone walk in cycling shoes is a little like watching someone walk with shit in their shorts. It is a challenge to look effortless with clips mounted under the balls of your feet. Locked into pedals, however, it is a totally different story, and these new touring shoes from Rapha are about as sleek as can be. Like, seriously, more regular shoes should look this good.
A collaboration between Rapha and Giro, the Grand Tour Shoe features an industry-first Yak-leather upper, a carbon sole, a cork footbed that molds to your foot, leather straps, titanium rings and an aluminum buckle. These are performance shoes, no doubt, but do show an invigorating amount of elegance and restraint. “The buckle has the craftsmanship and reassuring feel of a luxury car door handle.” There you have it.