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Le Col expands range with first cycling shoes

13 Dec 2018
Verdict:

Premium British brand has aimed for mix between style and substance with development from the pros

Premium British cycling clothing brand Le Col has dipped its toe into new waters launching its first ever road cycling shoes which it says are the result of years of development. 

The brand, founded by former professional rider Yanto Barker, claims that with the guidance of fellow pros, both retired and still active, the shoes have balanced rigidity, weight and fit. 

Le Col has opted not to use real leather in production rather premium synthetic PU leather which it claims is lighter while also designed to hug the foot while under tension. 

All high-end cycling shoes now utilise carbon soles and Le Col's are no different. The Pro Carbon shoes use a 2mm thick unidirectional carbon bottom for low stack height and effective power transfer through the pedals while a meshed cut out provides air ventilation into the shoe. 

The carbon soles also contribute to a lower weight with a pair of size nines coming in at 545 grams without cleats.

Rubber bumpers have been affixed to the heel and toe to firstly prevent scuffs when clipping in or walking around but also give you some grip when off the bike. Le Col has also used the popular dial closure system although opting for Atop over the higher-end BOA system.

Stylistically, Le Col has played it safe sticking to the tried and tested design of white and black which arguably do little to distinguish it from similar competitors on the shelves. It also only has the shoes available in size 43 through to 45 (EU) at the moment. 

Price-wise, the shoes will set you back £250, which can be viewed in two ways. Either extortionate considering you can snap up carbon road shoes on the market for under £100 or reasonable considering Mavic and Specialized offer options way above the £300 mark. 

Le Col founder Yanto Barker commented on the release to stress how the shoes combine practicality and style.

'I wanted to make shoes that remain rigid and un-flexing in the face of your fiercest sprint or out of the saddle effort. It was also imperative that they deliver a reliable long-lasting fit that was durable and non-stretching.

'I believe the Le Col Pro Carbon road shoes tick all of these boxes and more. Your shoes are not only the principle point of contact with your bike but some of the most personal items in a cyclist's kit.

'Stylish, well-made shoes have been something I've always sought after, and knowing what's needed, I decided we would make our own.

'Classically styled, carbon soled, and closed with dials, the Le Col Pro Carbon Road Shoes offer elite rigidity, micro adjustment, and a clean uncomplicated look.'

Price: 
£250

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