Piloti returns to its roots with 24 Hours of Le Mans special edition driving shoes
Piloti, makers of technologically advanced driving shoes, today unveiled a line of limited edition leather driving shoes specially designed for fans of the world’s most renowned sports car race.
Piloti has a deep connection with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Piloti’s patented Roll Control Heel technology – rising spherically up the back of the shoe providing improved traction in the wheel well and cupping the driver’s heel for reduced foot fatigue – was first tested at Le Mans. In addition to pushing cars to their limits, 24 Hours of Le Mans tests the concentration, stamina, strength and skill limits of drivers, creating an ideal laboratory for driving shoe technology. Each driver in the race shares 24 hours of racing with two co-drivers – resulting in the world’s best sports car drivers lapping nose-to-tail in the world’s finest cars.
Today Piloti honoured its history at the race by unveiling a line of fashion-forward driving shoes.
Inspired by the era of gentleman racers, the luxurious Ligne boot is handcrafted in Italy in subtly distressed Italian leather, and features an ankle strap with an embossed 24 Hours of Le Mans logo and woven French flag.
The low cut Piloti Circuit Le Mans limited edition driving shoe takes its cue from vintage performance racing cars, featuring a race stripe in French national colours and inspired by classic racing liveries. The woven French flag detail is a further nod to the rich heritage of 24 Hours of Le Mans racing.
Piloti driving shoes are renowned for such attention to detail – both the biomechanical detail that serve the needs of drivers, and the styling detail like tread patterns based on vintage racing tires.
The Special Edition Piloti 24 Hours of Le Mans driving shoes are no exception.
“24 Hours of Le Mans is the ultimate marriage of motorsports performance and motorsports style – so we spent a lot of time creating a driving shoe that respects this event and its fans,” said Elena Conte, Creative Director, Piloti. “Our goal with the Piloti 24 Hours of Le Mans driving shoe is to give motorsports fans a new way to share in the Le Mans magic. Our goal as a brand is to respect our motorsports heritage in everything we do.”
The Piloti 24 Hours of Le Mans limited edition driving shoes are available at 24 Hours of Le Mans boutiques (in Le Mans and Paris, France), in specialty motorsports boutiques world-wide, and at Piloti.com. The partnership signed between Piloti and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was brokered by IMG Licensing, exclusive Licensing agency for the 24H Le Mans brand.
“We are privileged to find a partner in Piloti who not only reflects the classic style that surrounds our race, but also understands our goal of expanding and growing the brand image of the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Fabrice Bourrigaud – Le Mans Spirit Manager. “Accomplishing this goal takes partners like Piloti. The 24 Hours of Le Mans limited edition Ligne and Circuit driving shoes will not only help our fans enhance their own driving experience, but also reflect their passion for our race and its drivers.”
The 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins at 3:00 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) on June 17, 2017. It also marks the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
At Piloti, we live and breathe motorsport. From vintage racing to drag racing, to car auctions and concours. If you’re at one of the events listed below, be sure to visit us to browse and try the range!
Silverstone Classic: 28th – 30th July – Silverstone Circuit
The Silverstone Classic is the World’s biggest classic motor racing festival. This packed weekend provides spectacular historic motor racing on the world famous circuit with displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars! A selection of the Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the Porsche Club GB stand. Silverstone Classic tickets & more information.
Classics at The Castle: 3rd September – Hedingham Castle
This year, Classics at The Castle, will see the presentation of an appreciation of all the classic ‘KG’ Porsches. Showcases of 50 examples in a chronological sequence that will include all the models in the ‘S’ production spectrum, including those built in the Porsche AG period until the ‘S’ designation was deleted. Some really special cars are already pencilled in, including two rare right-hand-drive S models from 1967– 2.2-litre ‘S’ and ‘S’ Sport and the ex Vic Elford 2.4-litre car. A selection of the Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the Porsche Club GB stand. Classics at The Castle tickets & more information – Pre book only.
Goodwood Revival: 8th – 10th September – Goodwood Circuit
The world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event! Every September, the Revival recreates the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit, between 1948 and 1966. It’s a true theatrical and sporting drama and it’s the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress. It’s a celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the sweeps and curves of this classic circuit with the most significant racing cars and motorcycles along with legendary drivers and riders from the past and stars of today. The Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the British Motor Heritage stand. Goodwood Revival tickets & more information.
Kop Hill Climb: 16th – 17th September – Princes Risborough
Historic hill climb at the foot of the Chilterns. A selection of the Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the Porsche Club GB stand.
Porsche Club National Concours d’Elégance: 23rd September – Ragley Hall
A chance to celebrate beautiful Porsches in the stunning surroundings of Ragley Hall. A selection of the Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the Porsche Club GB stand. Tickets and more information.
NEC Classic Motor Show: 10th – 12th November – The NEC, Birmingham
The UK’s largest Classic Car show returns to the NEC for another year. If you’ve got a passion for motoring then this is the show for you! A selection of the Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the Porsche Club GB stand & the British Motor Heritage stand. NEC Classic Motor Show tickets & more information.
The London Classic Car Show: 15th – 18th February 2018 – Excel London
The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products it’s the perfect day out for all. The Piloti range will be available to browse and try at the British Motor Heritage stand. The London Classic Car Show tickets & more information.