TCX X-Rap Gore-Tex Shoes
Best option for a riding shoe meets street fashion but could be better...
Overall, a fairly stylish shoe that I can leave on when off the bike. Nice leather and neutral color. Comes with extra laces in volt color if the grey/white combination is a bit boring for you. Protection from both the elements as well as impact seems good. The shoes do run a bit large. I usually have 13 and ordered these in a 47 which works fine. Now on to the parts that could be improved. As mentioned by other reviewers, the insole really is ridiculous. It offers the comfort of a thin sheet of paper. If you can afford a $230 pair of shoes you can buy some insoles but you shouldn't have to. Once you fix that, they are pretty comfortable. The other thing I am not sure works for me is the fast lacing system. Nothing fast about it. And at a size 47, the laces are actually pretty short. If you open them up to get into the shoes, the laces slip out of the top 2 eyelets.
All in all, still a great choice compared to what else is out there. Highly recommended.
February 9, 2015
Good Gore-Tex riding shoe you can wear all day
Like many, I bought the TCX X-Rap Gore-Tex shoes to have a nice stylish pair of WP riding shoes that I can wear at work and out running about. They fit the bill. They definitely run at least a half size large, closer to 3/4 size large. Like others who have reviewed this product, I had to get inserts to take up a lot of the extra space. I normally wear 10.5 or 11. I purchased the 44 in this product and they were about a half size big. I'm pretty sure 43 would have been too small though. They are a bit wide as well, but the inserts took care of that too. Inserts were a must anyhow since the stock insoles are not the most comfortable, especially for a $230 pair of shoes! Nevertheless, with aftermarket inserts they are decently comfortable. They look good, are not too hot for everyday wear, are well made, and have a decent amount of protection integrated that you wouldn't have wearing a normal pair of shoes on a bike. I have not had them in the rain yet, but they are Gore-Tex so I'm sure they will do fine assuming you are wearing a good pair of WP pants over them.
October 13, 2014
These are a lot lighter than the riding boots I have been wearing for years. They are nice enough to continue to wear at work or wherever I go to on my bike, despite how good they look in the pictures, they don't quite have the style of a normal shoe, and still look a little...not quite right. But I still really love them.
The soles seem rather strong for protection and so do the built in reinforced elements at the ankle and sides.
I have feet that don't demand a "wide" but are wider than most normal shoes accommodate for naturally, that being said, these are quite wide even for me, I typically wear a men's 13 (at least in Rocky boots and Puma shoes) and these at size 48 are a great fit length wise.
Overall I am really happy with this purchase, the quality seems good enough to last for years of riding.
September 8, 2014
These TCX X-Rap Gore-Tex Shoes put on 1,000 miles on a Blue Ridge Mountains trip just after purchase and rode through 2 DOWNPOURS over 2 hours each without a drop, a lowside onto gravel and came out without a scratch, and after getting off the bike each night, were so comfortable that I didn't want to take them off...and they LOOK GREAT too!!!
September 6, 2014
Waterproof, stylish, and breathes well. Couldn't ask for more.
Though the size seems a little big for what I measured, I could not be happier with this product after switching from the non-gor-tex version. All it took was an insole (which I needed anyway because of bad arches) and they fit perfectly without ever being uncomfortable. Even wore them all day at work today (casual Friday) without ever considering changing into the loafers.
August 15, 2014
This is what I've come too expect from TCX. Excellent value, fit, comfort, and build quality. What more can you ask for? I would recommend these boots to anyone.
June 16, 2014
I was looking for something that I can wear on and off the bike on a long trip. These boots fit very well and offer good protection from both the road and the elements. Very nice casual look, great with jeans or riding pants. They broke in very quickly (2-3 days of moderate riding)
June 9, 2014
Very stylish riding shoes
I just got my pair of X-Raps in today and they look awesome! I wasn't sure which size to get because of the European scale but I went with a 45 (American size 11). I wear a normal size 12 Nike shoe and the 45's were almost perfect. A little tight putting on at first, but unlacing a few worked just fine. I have yet to ride in them but I figured I would help some people out with sizing. The shoe has a very high quality feel to it and has ankle support and padding as stated, but walking around the shoe still feels very comfortable.
May 21, 2014