Shimano RT51 shoes review

Sports/touring footwear

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £59.99 RRP | USD $111.04
Shimano RT51 shoes

Our review

Light and practical, though a deeper tread would be better
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These are lighter than a padded leisure shoe (710g for size 44), but more practical than an out-and-out performance road shoe. The only downside is the slightly shallow tread, which exposes the cleats to snagging on the ground. 

Build quality is good, with three simple Velcro straps for a snug fit. The sole has more give than a dedicated road shoe and its rubber finish makes it less prone to sliding off the pedals, as well as being more grippy when you walk. 

The RT51s use standard mountain bike-style recessed cleats, but given the practical aspirations of these shoes the tread pattern could have been a couple of millimetres deeper, as the cleats catch the ground more than some other sports touring models that we’ve tried.

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Reflective dots at the back add visibility and the nylon mesh is quick to dry and breathable. 

Product Specifications


Name RT51 Shoe
Brand Shimano

Description Lightweight sport touring shoe with sleek rubber sole and standard SPD cleat mounting system. Specially designed sleek looking full rubber sole with minimum tread helps to keep weight down- yet provides good grip on smooth surfaces. Breathable nylon mesh and polyurethane coated split leather upper with reinforced toe area. Three wide Velcro-style hook-and-loop strap closure system support the foot without applying pressure. Great lightweight choice for touring or commuting use.
Weight (g) 710
Shoe Sizes Available 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48