Riders can now pedal in R28 000 cycling shoes

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Futuristic looks and technology combine, with the LoreOne (Photo: Lore)
Futuristic looks and technology combine, with the LoreOne (Photo: Lore)
  • An American technology company is building the world’s most custom cycling shoes.
  • They look radical, with a price to match.
  • And each pair, will be unique to the owner.

Cycling shoes aren’t cheap. A good carbon-fibre soled shoe retails for nearly R5000, with some of the most advanced models, pricing beyond that.

The promise with expensive cycling shoes are always the same: comfort and great power transfer. Two concepts, often mutually exclusive, in theory.

For riders, any flex or stretch in the shoe during a pedal stroke, results in a loss of power. But a shoe that is too stiff in all elements of its structure, will be uncomfortable on a long ride.

Designs work around this by constructing a very stiff carbon sole, with a comfortable and breathable upper. The LoreOne is different.

Too tight to get into conventionally, the LoreOne splits in half, thanks to latches (Photo: LoreOne)

Scan and send - from anywhere

Engineers at Lore believe that too much energy is wasted by the traditional fabric upper structure of cycling shoes - and securing mechanisms, like laces or tension dials.

The LoreOne is a genuinely custom cycling shoe tailored to the requirement of individual riders.

Using the latest 3D printing technology, Lore has developed a process whereby riders can use a Smartphone to scan their own feet, before sending the data to Lore.

Engineers and designers use the source data from these Smartphone scans, to shape the exoskeleton structure, which is 3D printed. The result is a cycling shoe that looks like no other.

carbon shoes
They aren't the lightest, but without doubt, the most expensive (Photo: Lore)

A tight fit

Lore claims the fit is precisely shaped for a specific rider and shaped to be very snug. The LoreOne is such as tight fit, to minimize power losses, that it uses a clamshell design – splitting in two, with four latches, to allow a rider to get in and out of them.

But what are the benefits of riding in the LoreOne shoes? They aren’t the lightest carbon-fibre shoes on the market, by quite some margin.

At nearly 300g, the LoreOne shoes are a lot heavier than leading cycling shoes from traditional cycling brands. And at R28 000 a pair, they are terrifically expensive.

carbon cycling shoes
Ventilation is provided by a mesh footbed (Photo: LoreOne)

Very exclusive

So, why would anyone bother to reserve one of the 277 pairs that Lore is constructing in its first production run? The promise of 50% better power transfer, without the discomfort.

How do the LoreOne shoes allow so much more power transfer through the rider’s pedal stroke? By shaping the stiffness profiles of each strand of carbon, that compromise its exoskeletal structure.

These shoes waste the least amount of energy, when moving through your pedal stroke (Photo: Lore)

Making a statement

With industrial designers being able to shape the LoreOne’s exoskeletal structure to very exact standards, it has a lot of stiffness where required.

The design also avoids too much shoe stiffness in other places, preventing possible discomfort and heat spots when riding.

They look cool and offer a benefit for those data-obsessed cyclists, but at R28 000, they are a significant investment. And unlike other cycling shoes, you can't sell them after a few seasons, because they are so intricately customized to an individual rider’s feet.

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