Rapha Explore Powerweave Shoes review: stylish and comfortable, but worth the money?

Rapha might be best known as a purveyor of some of the finest road cycling clothing and accessories money can buy, but it also does "gravel" and does it well. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Explore Powerweave Shoe takes a similar approach to Rapha’s Pro Team footwear, with both featuring an innovative 3D woven TPU-reinforced upper. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Sleek, stylish and relatively simple, the shoe is designed for “fast paced off-road riding”, according to its maker. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
At the rear is a toughened nylon loop for getting the shoes on and off, while at the side you’ll find two micro-adjustable BOA Fit System with new Li2 dials. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
On the sole you’ll find the lightweight carbon plate that doesn’t run the length of the shoe, but instead cuts short at the toe and heel for added flexibility. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Both the cleat bolt plate and hardware is fashioned from anodised titanium for greater longevity. The overall build quality is fantastic. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
First impressions are great and it feels every bit the premium shoe the £260/$355 price tag would suggest. (image credit: The Gear Loop)