Le Col have branched out into footwear, with the new Pro Carbon shoes offering classic looks, plenty of stiffness and heightened ventilation for performance riding.
As far as we know the new kicks are a fully in-house effort, with Le Col saying they're "a culmination of years of development". The upper is made with a PU leather that is specially contoured to move with your foot under tension to offer a supple and supportive feel. There's also plenty of integrated breathable mesh worked into the material to keep your feet cool on hot days in the saddle. Le Col say the PU leather is preferable over microfibre and traditional leather because it's lighter while being tough and waterproof. Two Atop dials are responsible for closing the shoes.
The fully unidirectional carbon sole is just 2mm thick to offer a low stack height for maximum power transfer. There's an integrated channel in the sole for increased ventilation, and there are prominent rubber pad protectors at the toe and heel areas to reduce wear. The EVA insole is machine-washable, and claimed weight is 545 grams for a pair in size 43.
Le Col's founder and former pro Yanto Barker says of his new shoes: “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 were durable and non-stretching. I believe the Le Col Pro Carbon road shoes tick all of these boxes and more.”
The Pro Carbon shoes cost £250, and are currently only available in sizes 43, 44 and 45. Head over to lecol.cc for more info.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.