£300 › Hand­crafted Ital­ian en­durance shoes

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VIT­TO­RIA IS RIGHT­FULLY PROUD OF mak­ing shoes in its fam­ily’s home­town of Biella in Pied­mont, north­ern Italy. That in it­self would likely come with a pre­mium over its masspro­duced ri­vals, but the price associated with the La Tec­nica comes more from the ma­te­ri­als. The up­per is con­structed from in­cred­i­bly soft kan­ga­roo leather, which is lined with a ny­lon mesh to help pro­vide struc­tural sup­port, mak­ing them some of the most com­fort­able shoes we’ve ever tried.

The nat­u­ral com­pli­ance in the leather forms a bril­liant fit. While the twin SSP mi­cro-ad­just ratch­ets may not be as min­i­mal as a Boa, they of­fer ev­ery inch as much fine ad­just­ment to fur­ther sup­port the fit.

The sole is Vit­to­ria’s top-of-the­line full uni­di­rec­tional car­bon unit that com­bines a 3.4mm height with im­pres­sive un­mov­ing stiff­ness and gen­er­ous mesh lined air vents. Good cleat mea­sure mark­ings, slot­ted cleat bolt holes and a tex­tured fin­ish for grip make set­ting up your cleats re­ally easy.

The all-up 630g a pair (size 45) weight isn’t the light­est, but we’d gladly take the ex­tra few grams for the way these feel on our feet. The im­pres­sive sole stiff­ness does make for ef­fi­cient ped­alling, though the up­per sup­ple­ness means a bit of move­ment. If you’re the sort of rider who likes to ham­mer out big power ef­forts, shoes with stiffer up­pers might be more your thing. For those more in­clined to long days out, and look­ing for that bit of ex­tra cos­set­ing when you ride long dis­tances, then the La Tec­ni­cas may well be the ideal en­durance shoes.

HIGHS Stiff, low stack sole, su­per-plush up­pers, beau­ti­fully made LOWS Pricey, some may want a more rigid up­per DR MARTENS DUBBIN £4 Just like we used to use on our school foot­ball boots, this nat­u­ral wax-based for­mula is rubbed into nat­u­ral leather to con­di­tion it, and add a wa­ter­re­sis­tant coat­ing, mak­ing it ideal for leather cycling shoes.

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