Premium cycling apparel brand, Le Col, has launched its first range of cycling shoes designed to balance rigidity, weight and fit.
The Pro Carbon Cycling Shoe is built with a unidirectional carbon fibre sole with integrated air vents, promoting better ventilation. The 2mm thick sole features prominent rubber pads, designed to protect the sole integrity at the toe and heel areas.
Yanto Barker, Le Col founder, said: “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.”
Weighing 545 grams, the shoe is crafted with a high-grade PU leather which is specifically contoured to map the foot under tension. According to Le Col, the shoes offer a supple and supportive feel, without compromising on performance.
Barker said: “Your shoes are not only the principle point of contact with your bike, but some of the most personal items in a cyclists’ 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.”
In October, Puma Private Equity invested over £2.35 million in Le Col to fuel the brand’s future growth. Le Col was founded by ex-pro cyclist Yanto Barker in 2011. After hiring ex-Sky Marketing Director Simon Creasey last year, the company has increased its focus on marketing and e-commerce – this year alone, e-commerce sales have increased seven-fold year-on-year.
The new Pro Carbon shoes are currently available to purchase in sizes EU 43, 44 and 45. For more information on the range, visit www.lecol.cc.