SH-RC7 Limited Edition Cycling Shoe
Go ahead and add a little color to the monochromatic road cycling shoe scene with these ruby red SH-RC7 slippers from Shimano. We have been racking up some miles in these shoes and have fallen in love with the comfort, light weight, and of course, great looks. Slotting into Shimano's Road Competition category, the SH-RC7's are plenty light for tackling your local 'bergs and cols. A rigid carbon sole and dual Boa closure ensure that the shoes are stiff enough and can be tightened quickly and easily so you can come out victorious in the finishing kick. The only question we have about the shoes is how did Shimano pull off all these great features at such an attractive price?
Shimano fashions the SH-RC7's upper from perforated synthetic leather, which is lightweight, form-fitting, and allows air circulation throughout the shoe. The shoes feature a micro-adjustable Boa L6 reels across the top and forefoot, with wide anchor points to distribute pressure evenly across the upper, offer additional adjustability, and customization of fit. A stiff carbon fiber composite sole facilitates efficient power transfer with a stiffness rating of 10 on Shimano's 12-point scale, so you don't have to worry about wasted watts through sole flex. Click your heels and find yourself on the winning end of a bike throw.
- A competitive road shoe with all-day comfort
- Carbon composite sole is rigid and light for quick accelerations
- Breathable synthetic upper help your feet stay cool while in battle
- Dual Boa L6 closures dial in the fit
- Special colorway adds a splash of fury to the monochromatic cycling shoe scene
- Item #SHI00LG
What do you think about this product?
March 28, 2020
Get these shoes!!!!!
A bit about me that makes me qualified to write this review - I purchased these Shimanos from Backcountry, I rode them for several months, and I've ridden 2 other pair of Shimanos for the last 11 years and over 50,000 miles. I've tried on other road shoes (Fizik and Sidi but the fit is too narrow for 11-D feet. My 2 other pair of Shimano shoes (an intro $100 pair for 2 years and an expensive carbon sole, heat moldable $350 pair for the last 8-9 years) were very comfortable. My last carbon sole-moldable pair was so beloved that I rode them until the carbon soles separated from the uppers ( that it took about 45,000 miles over 9 years is a testament to Shimano's quality). Purchasing shoes online was really scary but my local bike shops had little shoe stock and Backcountry had far better pricing and a better return policy, so I gave it a shot. The Shimano RED SH-RC7, with the two boa knobs provides the absolute best fit I have ever had (snug but comfortable, well ventilated and no rough spots). I had absolutely NO reason to be concerned about the break-in period. I removed them from box, put on cleats, put them on, dialed in the boas and they were broken-in. I did have to play with the positioning of the cleats to dial in the cleat/pedal position for best ride. I highly recommend buying a new pair of cleats with the shoes to be able to use your old pair to help position the cleats on the new pair. There are several online guides so I did not need any help. However, my local bike shop would have helped with the cleat position if I gave them $20 and they were not busy. I've had them several months now and they are holding up just like new. Get these shoes if you want long lasting shoes for years of comfortable riding!!!
January 8, 2020
Nails the value/performance sweet spot
I've been using RC9's for a year, love them, but their price is steep. I grabbed a pair of these as spare/backup and I'd say they're probably 80-90% comparable performance but only about half the price. I'm not a racer, just an avid fitness rider so a few grams is wasted on me. They're comfortable, stiff, and the color is eye-catching (though prone to irreparable scuffing). Only noticeable difference to me is the RC( has 2-way Boas--can make minor adjustments both tighter and looser via turning the dial. RC7's are one-way, can only tighten. To loosen, you pop the dial out which can completely open them up.
January 5, 2020
These are very comfotable shoes that fit very well. The double BOA closures make them super snug (if you want) and as typical with all BOAs, they stay snug. Soles are stiff and very comfortable. My only "complaint" is that the edge of the tongue is rough and if your loke me and wear low cut socks, it digs into your foot after a little while. Overall great shoe and would recommwnd to anyone.
December 1, 2019
So far so good...
Great fit and pretty comfy. Love how they look. The soles are super stiff. Might get some insoles for them. Went on first ride today with them. Have nothing bad to say atm. Big improvement over my Sidi's which were half a size too big...would recomend. Only put 4 stars because I've only wore them once and I don't wanna jinx myself! Lol. Will update after more use/rides! Only bummer I can think of atm is that I bought these shoes for 200$ and the next day they were on sale for 168$. That sucks!
December 1, 2019
Old version was better
The old version of these shoes (white/grey) was better, they changed this to a 2 boa closure system and the upper boa isn't "threaded" so you have to loop the wire around the hook before you tighten them, it makes it impossible to adjust that closure while riding. They also changed the shape of the shoe just a little. The red color is pretty sweet though.
August 29, 2019
Perfect condition excellent price 10/10 I bought 46 is a little bigger than mi size, but definitive the 45 size I was not able to fit it in
John Hargray Jr
August 30, 2019
What size shoes do you normally wear in US size?
August 9, 2019
With change everything isn't always good
Have been riding on Shimano shoes for 10+ years. Decided to replace some older 321s with these. I had grown use to the consistency in fit with Shimano in the past. These break that pattern. As other have noted the end of the toe box is narrower and/or the new shoe last is slightly shorter. So when wearing medium thick socks I can feel the toe of the shoe. This hasn't caused any irritation but it is there. The stack height appears to be slightly higher which caused me some knee pain until I raised my seat 1/8" higher. The boa lacing system is great except on one of my shoes the loop keeps coming unclipped from the track below the ankle. This happens 50% of the time when putting the shoe on and it is pretty fiddly to clip it back in without removing the shoe. The bottom of the shoe has changed enough that it was hard to move cleats from the 321s to RC7s and get the same alignment. It took several trial and error rides to get the cleat position right for me. I use custom fitted insoles so I don't have any experience with the RC7 Shimano insoles None of these issues are enough to make me want to return the RC7s. Now that I have them dialed in I generally like them. Just beware you may have to spend more time than expected fiddling with them to get your fit right.
July 29, 2019
GREAT SHOE AT A GREAT PRICE
I have many cycling shoes: Top of the line Sidis, Shimano, Fi zik, Pearl Izumi, Bontrager, Giro. All pretty much the Hgher end of each brand. But, none of them can compare to the fit and comfort of these shoes straight out of the box. I received on a Saturday and the very next day took on a 55 mile ride and couldn't believe how comfortable and the power transfer felt. The Boa was right on, never had to adjust again throughout the ride. The look of the shoes are of a higher end quality. Plus, they match my Ineos Climbing Jerey PERFECTLY! GREAT SHOES AT A GREAT PRICE! Louis R.
July 19, 2019
Good higher end shoe with basic footbeds
These are good shoes. Not great. Not basic or entry level either. These SH-RC7 are replacing a pair of older Shimano SH-R321 which was Shimano's top end shoe at the time. The RC7s aren't top end shoes, but they are close. They look nice and the BOA dials are better in some ways than the buckle and velcro on the R321. It would be nice to micro loosen the BOA, but again these aren't top shelf shoes. The BOA wires also will come unhooked from the guides--especially the one up by the ankle. This isn't too problematic, but can make getting these on in a parking lot a bit of an issue. When the shoes were new and the uppers were really stiff this was more of a problem than once the uppers soften up and become a bit more flexible--especially the tongue. In terms of fit, they feel a bit narrower in the toe box than the older R321 (or the R321 just stretched a bit). Heel fit feels fine--maybe a bit snugger than the older shoes. Where these fall down a bit in fit is the insoles. There's not as much shaping and thus support as in the R321 shoes and other high end shoes. The basic insoles might be part of why the toe box feels a bit narrower than the R321 shoe. Out of the box and for the first few rides these RC7 uppers feel a bit stiff, but they seem to be loosening up a bit. Overall, these are good shoes. They're not top end, but then again they're not priced to be. If you're coming from entry level or mid-level shoes then these shine. If you're coming from top shelf shoes, then you might not be as happy with them. Better insoles might be the difference maker with these.
June 19, 2019
LOVE these shoes!
I purchased these a few weeks ago and from the very first ride I was aware of how much more power I was transferring to the pedals compared to my old Giro Treble IIs (which are fine entry-level shoes). These Shimano RC-7s are a definite step up. The carbon sole makes a HUGE difference. They are absolutely the reason I've been setting PRs on my usual routes. I just dropped 40 seconds off my previous best time on a short 12-mile TT route I regularly ride and the only variable that's changed is the shoes. The BOA enclosures are fantastic, allowing for easy, on-the-fly adjustments. The black/red color combination is an eye-catcher as well, though frankly, given my time improvements, I'd wear them if they were only available in beige.
June 20, 2019
Thanks for sharing the feedback Doug. We really appreciate it and if you ever need any assistance at all, dont hesitate to reach out to us!
August 17, 2019
Do these shoes come with cleats?
August 29, 2019
No you will need buy the cleats according your pedals (BTW this is normal in all shoes mtb/road)