Forget those prissy moccasins – ask anyone who drives Ferraris for a living about the ultimate driving shoe and the name Piloti will spring forth. Founded in 1999 by a sport shoe designer and a racing enthusiast, Piloti makes "technologically advanced" driving shoes made to enhance safety, comfort, grip and road feel while driving the world's fastest cars.
Now the Canada-based company has come out with some new kicks specially dedicated to vintage motor racing, in honor of the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17. The limited edition leather shoes pack serious style in addition to high performance.
Piloti has a strong connection with the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the brand's patented Roll Control Heel technology providing improved traction while reducing foot fatigue was first tested at Le Mans. The legendary endurance race was first run in 1923 and has long been known for cementing the reputations of famed sports car marques like Bentley, Porsche, and Mercedes.
Inspired by the era of gentleman racers, Piloti's new collection is comprised of two styles handcrafted in Italy of the finest Italian leather. The Ligne boot is priced at $450 and has a slightly distressed finish as well as an ankle strap with an embossed 24 Hours of Le Mans logo and woven French flag.
The low cut Piloti Circuit Le Mans, priced at $165, is more sneaker-like and features a racing stripe in French national colors inspired by liveries on classic sports cars like the iconic Martini Racing Porsches. A woven French flag detail and Le Mans logo round out their speedy appeal.
Available for purchase in July, they also feature soles inspired by the treads on vintage racing tires. They'll be sold at the official 24 Hours of Le Mans boutiques in Le Mans and Paris, France, in specialty motorsports boutiques worldwide, and at Piloti.com. This year's race is expected to bring another victory for Porsche, which has the most wins to its credit with 18 overall, though of course, anything could happen. Especially in these shoes....