Spin­ning yarns

In the end­less search for per­for­mance, two shoe brands have got out their knit­ting nee­dles

Cyclist - - Lead Out | Knitted Shoes -

Yes, these top-end cy­cling shoes re­ally are knit­ted. In the name of weight re­duc­tion and ven­ti­la­tion, Fizik’s In­finito R1 Knit and Giro’s Em­pire E70 Knit have both partly done away with the syn­thetic leather up­per used in most cy­cling shoes in favour of a knit­ted fab­ric.

It isn’t like the jumpers your granny used to make, though. The fab­ric is a blend of ny­lon and polyester yarns that, once stretched over a last, are cooked and cooled. This heat­ing process melts the ny­lon and bonds it to the polyester to give the knit struc­ture. The re­sult, when done cor­rectly, is a shoe that is light and as comfy as a knit­ted glove.

Giro Em­pire E70 Knit, £199.99, zy­rofisher.co.uk Fizik In­finito R1 Knit, £349.99, ex­trauk.co.uk

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