Vittoria 1976 Classic: A versatile companion on the road
The Vittoria 1976 Classic shoes are an all-around road bike footwear that's entirely handmade in Italy. It is also recognized to be somewhat of an icon during the golden age of cycling but remains relevant today thanks to its comfort and performance that modern riders look for.
Please note that this review covers the SPD nylon version of the 1976 Classic shoe. A full unidirectional carbon sole is also available at a much higher price point.
Who is it for? The 1976 Classic will suit the cyclists who value the following elements in their footgear:
- Breathable shoes
- Footwear that drains and dries quickly
- Multiple ways to connect to the bike
- Stiff enough soles
- Retro style
You may also consider these models
Pearl Izumi Tour Road. This pair shares the same lace-up closure, retro looks, not too stiff soles, and versatile cleat features as the 1976 Classic. However, this shoe might be for you if you are on a budget as it is available at $130 versus the Vittoria's $180.
Giro Empire SLX. This shoe's highlights are its uber lightweight, breathable feel, and unique style. If you are after these elements and have a budget of $375 to spare, then you are to experience a shoe that was created alongside pro cyclist Taylor Phinney.