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Shimano - SH-RP9 Cycling Shoe - Men's

Shimano SH-RP9 Cycling Shoe - Men's

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$74.95 - $134.95 Original price:$300.00
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Item #SHI00FI




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
microfiber synthetic leather
Boa, hook-and-loop strap
carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility:
3-bolt road
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

Why We Like The SH-RP9 Cycling Shoe

It's with a not-so heavy heart that you have to part with your classic cycling shoes. Though they've carried you through the miles of building your foundation on the bike, the soft flex and blown out stitching aren't things you'll miss, though, as you reach toward a new pair of shoes to get you through the miles that lie ahead of you. Choose support, stiffness, and lightweight construction you can count on as you progress further down the road with the Shimano SH-RP9 Cycling Shoe for men, whose lightweight carbon soles and ventilated uppers empower your drive to ascend treacherous alpine roads as much as casual seaside byways.

The RP9 is Shimano's classic flagship model, covering the spot of a mid-pro-tier shoe that's race-ready but also happy to spend weekends on the scenic path rolling through vineyards and towering Cyprus trees. This year the shoe received a major face lift, cleaning up bulky hook-and-loop straps and buckles in favor of a minimalist and elegant aesthetic. Sleek synthetic leather with perforations wrap your foot snugly, allowing airflow while supporting your foot with a firm hug. One hook-and-loop strap remains over the forefoot and toe, but the previously used extra strap and buckle are replaced by a Boa system that works to cinch your foot in to the perfect micro adjustment for your own personal needs.

The carbon sole of the redesigned SH-RP9 receives a rating of 11 out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness scale, offering rigidity that lends to maximum power output from every pedal stroke. A shaped heel cup on the outside of the shoe holds you in securely, minimizing potential heel slip when you're hammering up intense sections of your local climbs. Underfoot you'll be supported by a heat-moldable EVA foam insole and two levels of arch support so you can dial in a fit that corresponds to your foot shape.

  • A pair of kicks ready for scenic byways and road races alike
  • Send maximum power to pedals with carbon composite soles
  • Redesigned closure system with sleek micro-adjustable wire dial
  • Perforated synthetic leather upper for soft, ventilated comfort
  • Heat-moldable EVA insole and arch inserts for custom fit

A lighter, cheaper, & casual Shimano RC9

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 41.5

Lets say you aren't racing and aren't willing to drop Shimano SH-RC9 money on a brand new pair of stiff carbon cycling shoes, then the SH-RP9 are a great option. These retail for $200 but a course Competitive Cyclist, Back Country, and Steep & Cheap have them for even lower at the best price available. These actually weigh less than the top of the line $425 SH-RC9 and unless you are putting out serious watts I am not sure you will be able to tell the difference between the RP9's level 10 stiffness and the RC9's level 12 stiffness. What you will be able to tell right away is that the toe box of the RP9's is pretty relaxed. My first ever cycling shoes were a pair of RP1 and since they are not offered in half sizes I bought a 42, which fits perfectly. The RP9 do come in half sizes and I found the the size 42 to be a tad too roomy in the toe box. I returned them for a size 41.5 and these fit much better. So my advise is that these run true to size but if you are looking for a snugger fit go down half a size. The 2nd pair I received did have some minor scratches on the bottom of one of the carbon soles like someone tried to install clips previously. I called customer service and they helped me out. These come with an upper BOA system which really gives you a precise snug fit, but the bottom is still the Velcro strap and this has very little to no adjustment, making it a bit pointless. I actually found these don't breathe as well as the cheaper RP1 since they lack bottom middle sole vent, but none the less these are far from stuffy. Ride wise these are very secure on the heel and are very stiff, but again these are more relaxed on the toe box making this shoe great for longer rides or rides where things get a little more competitive but not for racing.

Lightweight decent shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

I have worn these for around 25 rides from 15 to 85 miles long. I have somewhat wide (not very wide) feet and the width of these are fine. Shoes are lightweight and reasonably comfortable for most riding distances. For rides over 50 miles, the shoes begin to lose some comfort. Some vibration is felt through the soles, but rarely enough to annoy or cause discomfort. Bought the white and the material cleans up fairly well and easily. Breathability is reasonably good for hot weather, but not great.

Great Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

I love these shoes, primarily because they fit my foot perfectly. I have a narrow heel and wide toes and find nearly every road shoe to be too narrow in the toes, or if I get a wide fit, too wide in the heel. As others have mentioned I would not imagine these would work as well for someone with a narrow foot.

Otherwise the shoes are light and incredibly stiff, yet comfortable, even from the first time wearing them.

For reference I got these in a 43 and they fit perfect. I wear a US 9 in Five Ten, and a US 9.5 in Nike and New Balance

Almost Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The addition of a carbon insole helped the comfort level for me. Ive done a few centuries and 4+ day riding trips in these with pretty much zero pain and once I found my sweat spot for tightness almost zero numbness on long rides except The ONLY issue I have is my big toe really jams into the top corner on certain climbs.

Light, comfortable, Durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45.5

I've been wearing these shoes for every road ride I've done for the past 22 months. I've had no problems with fit whatsoever, I have normal width (D/M) feet and a moderate arch. I wear 11.5 U.S. size running shoes. I have found them to be comfortable, light weight with good ventilation. It's actually been in a crash during a downhill descent where the side of the shoe had been through road rash. Some of the upper material and carbon sole are rashed but the shoe is still in functional condition and has held up very well.

Very painful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46.5

These shoes have an air vent on the bottom. Furthermore, the padded insole has small holes directly inline with the air vent. The problem I have with the shoes is that over time . . . such as on a ride that is more than 40 miles . . . my middle toe begins to extrude through the vent hole causing a great deal of pain. My big toes are also numb after riding with these shoes.

Maybe put an aftermarket insole in such as Superfeet carbon? I use this with my Shimano shoes and they work great. Sure you lose a tad of ventilation, but your issue disappears.

Decent, but not for narrower feet

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I actually purchased these with the cheaper model RP7. The RP9 is supposedly stiffer than the RP7, but in my hands they felt equally stiff. The outsole looked identical as far as I could see, surprising considering the price gap of almost $100. The upper is marginally thicker, but really only a little. The BOA dial is a major improvement over the ratchets used in Shimano's older shoes. However, the fit of the upper leaves much to be desired. There's a lot of wiggle room in the midfoot, unless one really cranks on the dial. There's a bit of cushioning in the tongue, which creates hotspots on the top of the foot. For more aggressive styles of riding, this would not be acceptable, not for the money anyways. Cranking on the RP7 equally hard doesn't create the same creases in the tongue that leads to hotspots. I ended up keeping the RP7's, sad since I preferred the navy color on the RP9. Definitely look into the RP7's if your feet are on the slimmer side, much better value...


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