Vittoria Cycling Shoes’ US Sales Manager Michael Musil shows the staff the 2012 shoe lineup.
By Adam Newman
Everyone knows the big guns of the cycling industry: Trek, Specialized, Giant. But some of the little guys desever some recognition as well. One brand we’ve really been drawn to in the past year is Vittoria Cycling Shoes. We first met Michael Musil, the US sales manager, at Interbike and we were impressed with the incredible range of the shoe lineup and the number of custom sizing options. Since he is based in Ohio, we invited him to stop by the our office and walk us through the lineup.
Before we go further, let’s get this out of the way: Vittoria Shoes have nothing to do with the tire company with the same name. In fact, the shoe company was founded by racer Celestino Vercelli only a few weeks before its namesake counterpart in 1976. Their shoes are 100 percent made in Italy, down to every last nut and screw, something the company is immensely proud of, and they’ve been worn by countless professional champions.
One thing that really stands out is the range of fits available. There are 31 lengths, from 32-50, and they’re working on a 51 and 52. There are four widths available, from narrow to super-wide, and even a high- and low-volume upper. If you like one model but want a different sole: if you ask very nicely any upper can be mated to any of the seven different road, mountain, or commuting soles. Dealers can order essentially custom shoes and have them delivered in 10-14, straight from Italy. If you have two different size feet – and most people do – you can get a mismatched pair for only a small upcharge. Ladies aren’t neglected either: every single model is available with a women’s specific upper.
The performance road lineup consists of seven models, plus junionrs, triathlon, track, and spinning models. There are seven mountian bike models. What mostly caught our eye, however, were the vintage-inspired models dubbed 1976.
The top model is sewn from kangaroo hyde, in traditional or a faux-crocodile texture. MSRP is $300.
You can have a Lorcia upper in yellow, red, blue, black or white with any sole for $225.
The Biancho line has white rubber soles instead of black.
Vittoria created this special edition version to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
The juniors shoes are available all the way down to size 32.