Rapha Cyclocross Shoes, made by Giro

Shoes come in beer-and-frites box, plus change bag

On the heels (ahem) of its GT Shoes, Rapha will have cyclocross shoes for this autumn. The Cross Shoe, like its predecessors, is made by Giro with an EC90 carbon outer sole, but with Rapha's trademark styling. In an irreverent nod to Belgium, the motherland of cyclocross, Rapha packaged the Cross Shoe in a self-proclaimed beer-and-frites container.

Made by ECO Products, a sponsor of US national ’cross champion Jeremy Powers, the Cross Shoe container has shaped and tagged holders for beer and frites. ECO Products makes environmentally friendly food container products such as cups and to-go containers.

Not as witty, but most likely a lot more useful, an oversized ‘wet bag’ is included with the shoes for carrying race gear or just using as a changing mat.

With  MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the punishment of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the blue and pink of of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.

Weighing a claimed 375g in a size 42.5, the Cross Shoe has a synthetic leather upper. Dual-compound nylon treads add traction to the carbon sole.

The Cross Shoe will be available in November for US$350 (UK and AU pricing was not immediately available) in sizes 39-48.

Beer and frites not included...:
Beer and frites not included...:

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
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