Shimano RC5 Road Cycling Shoes

Shimano RC5 Road Cycling Shoes

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  • Wrap-around upper minimizes overlap, which reduces potential hotspots
  • Upper is a combination of mesh, TPU, and synthetic materials, which is both lightweight and breathable
  • Carbon fiber-reinforced nylon soles provide some flex, but are stiff enough for casual cyclists
  • Simple use single Boa closure system

Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Relatively affordable
  • Breathable upper
  • Wrap-around style upper
  • Good heel grip
What needs improvement ...
  • Sole is not rigid
  • Only 1 Boa
  • Adequate power transfer

Product Summary

The Shimano RC5 is Shimano’s mid-range cycling shoe, which best lends itself to short or mid-distance cyclists. Available at a budget friendly price, the RC5 offers a good amount of stiffness, comfortable upper, and an easy velcro and single Boa closure. The single Boa may make it difficult for those with narrow feet to dial in the fit, but the majority of reviews applaud the comfort of these shoes.

Featuring a wrap-around upper design and soles constructed with nylon and reinforced along the midsole with carbon, the RC5 provides a decent amount of flex, which improves comfort. However, this level of flex does sacrifice the power transfer which, according to several cyclists, is not suited for long or intense rides. Compatible with three-bolt style cleats, Shimano specifically recommends their SPD-SL cleat.



Standard: 36–50 EU, wide: 38–50 EU


250 g


1 Boa, 1 velcro strap

Cleat compatibility

3-bolt SPD-SL



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      The Shimano RC5 Road Cycling Shoe may be a good choice for beginner or casual cyclists looking for a mid-range shoe that is comfortable, yet well-made.