Thursday, November 18, 2010

Will You Be Wearing fi’zi:k Cycling Shoes?

Italian Saddle maker fi’zi:k introduced their first entries into the cycling shoe marketplace at the Eurobike show in September. fi’zi:k spent two years developing the new shoe range focusing on making shoes featuring fine Italian craftsmanship. The range currently consists of two models, the R1 and R3 in which R stands for Road. fi’zi:k is also going to develop a mountain bike model for 2012. The R1 and R3 shoes will be arriving at stores Europe and the USA in December; for now the company is not selling the shoes in Asian markets because those markets require a dedicated Asian fit, according to fi’zi:k.

The R1, which is for men only, is the top of the line shoe while the R3, for both men and women, is slotted below the R1.

The R1 features of the fi’zi:k road shoe include: uppers constructed from kangaroo leather trimmed with sail cloth straps and topped off by a carbon fiber buckle. The shoes uses a heat mouldable insole engineered in partnership with SIDAS technologies; SIDAS is French orthopedic brand.

The primary difference between the R3 and the R1 is the material of the uppers. While the R1 uses kangaroo leather, a lightweight, durable and supple material, the R3 uses microber. Also, the R3 does not share the heat mouldable insole and other smaller touches.

The R1 will retail for approximately US$400/€340 and either R3 model will cost US$300/€240.

The fi’zi:k website has not been updated with all the details of their shoes but they do have this short video:
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