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Shimano R087 shoes – review

Shimano’s R087 shoes sit within the manufacturer’s club and recreation category and, with a retail price of £79.99, provide a well-priced option that will keep riders who fall under that description more than happy.

The R087 replaced the R086 in 2011 but the changes were largely cosmetic, with Shimano’s ‘Flow line’ concept making for a more aesthetically pleasing design. We reckon so, anyway.

There are two primary considerations for a shoe at this price-point: comfort and performance. Are both considerations covered on what is essentially an entry-level shoe? Thankfully, the R087 provides plenty of bang for your buck on both fronts.

These arrived for test some time ago but have become the go-to shoe for casual riding and training. Save the super-bling carbon soles for serious training or racing. Two Velcro straps and a ratchet buckle ensure a snug, secure and comfortable fit, with no sign of slippage nor discomfort during a long ride. And the stretch-resistant leather upper has maintained its shape throughout.

A generous amount of mesh material and a series of small holes provide plenty of ventilation when riding in warm weather, although, like most shoes, you’ll need an oversock or overshoe to keep the wind out through winter. But that’ll help keep them clean anyway as the R087 is only available in white.

As for performance, the fibreglass reinforced polyamide sole is stiff and compatible with SPD-SL and SPD cleats. Our pair weigh 700g with Shimano SPD-SL cleats fitted. One word of caution; fit is on the small side so order a size up. On the plus side, a wide fit option is available through all sizes.

So all that makes for an excellent shoe ideal for, as Shimano told us from the outset, club and recreation riding.

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