Shimano R086 shoe review

Darth Vader's daps of choice

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £89.99 RRP | USD $101.77
Shimano R086 Shoe

Our review

Great fit, design, value, detailing and performance
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If Darth Vader had a pro team then you could be sure his domestiques would wear this shoe – though perhaps in a flat white rather than this pearlescent ‘flip’ that makes these shoes shimmer in bright light.


There’s only padding where it’s needed, giving a tight, supportive shape. A big vent under the toes gives an airy toe box with plenty of meshed panels providing venting for the upper too.

The nylon sole is fibreglass reinforced and impressively stiff for the shoe’s overall light weight, and makes for responsive, high-performance pedalling.


The unobtrusive, tidy tightening lever and quick-release button on the top strap is gloved-finger friendly and easily operated with one hand. Make sure you try before you buy because our size 44 test shoe came up a fraction short. 

Product Specifications


Name R086 SPD SL Shoes (09)
Brand Shimano

Available Colours Black/White
Weight (g) 628
Shoe Compatibility 3 Bolt Cleat SPD SPD-SL
Shoe Sizes Available 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50