Piloti Spyder SV Driving Shoes Review
It's a Shoe-In
by Alain Gayot
Re-inventing the shoe for avid drivers from Schumacher wannabes to real Schumachers has been Piloti shoe designer Kevin Beard’s task, passion and now growing business. Armed with a degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., a permanent passion for auto racing, years of experience at assorted sneaker companies and time in biomechanical labs, Beard presents a complete and growing line of comfortable and functional footwear.
All come in leather or suede, with an assortment of colors that will hopefully match your pocket-rocket’s body paint or your custom Ferrari’s interior. Best is to log on to www.piloti.com to find a retailer near you and get an idea of how these Piloti driving shoes fit.
But what’s so special about these performance shoes? Top of the line Race Professional models are lined in DuPont’s fire resistant NOMEX and will set you back $200, but cool touring shoes (like our $75 Spyder SVs) are less than a decent pair of Nikes. No matter the price and trim level, all models come with a patented roll control heel and a reinforced lateral side of the right shoe for heel-and-toe downshifting.
In case you had been wondering about the meaning of the brand’s name. Piloti stands for “racing drivers” in Italian…Capisce?