Vittoria Brave Cycling Shoe
I’m like most cyclists, I don’t have a ton of cash and I hate to ride with cheap gear. I have a family, a home and I’ve returned to school. This leaves me with little money for my cycling habit. So, when I need to replace things or upgrade them, I tend to be very picky. I also tend to spend some time researching the product and a place to find the best price.
Vittoria shoe is a separate company from the well-known tire company. Vittoria has been making shoes since 1976, so they’ve had some practice. Most of my research yielded customers with good experience. Plus the shoes come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. This means, I get a little piece of mind concerning the quality of the shoe. The shoes are hand made in Italy, by people who care about their craft. They are not like some of the Italian companies who have it made somewhere else, and then stamp their name on it.
“A product that contains a history, since 1976, and for the one who chooses it, it’s a guarantee of innovation, style, quality and price.” (Vittoria-shoes.com, 2013).
The price was reasonable, they retail in the US for around $145.00, they’re comparable to the Giro, Apeckx or a pair of Sidi’s on sale. I went to bike shops and tried on about 20 pairs of shoes before deciding on the Vittoria’s. The Vittoria shoes felt far more comfortable and, compared to the others, the styling is beautiful. When it came time to purchase the shoes, I decided to go with my favorite bike shop. Buying from you local bike shop is not always the least expensive option. However, with a product like shoes or helmets, that can cost way more than I’m willing to gamble with; you may want to pay a little extra for the service and convenience they provide. I have owned three different brands of cycling shoes in the last 5 years and they are all different sizes. I’ve had size 46, 45 and 44, so I didn’t want to guess which size I needed.
The shoes are comfortable and light. The fit is better than any shoe I’ve ever owned. They look way nicer than any shoe I have, so the basement trainer is the only place I’ve ridden with them. I’m in Ohio and the last week was rainy and freezing. This week we got 8 inches of snow (in March). Hopefully in the next week or so, I’ll be able to get them out on the road and break them in proper.