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