The original Brancale Dynamic road bike shoe was one of the first clipless shoes available, worn by the likes of Greg Lemond when such things were new to the peloton. With the benefits over toe clips obvious, it wasn’t long before other brands hit the market, and now our options are vast. And now, thirty years after their introduction, the Brancale II is here with modern Italian microfiber materials and a carbon fiber sole to let you relive (or create your own) glory days…
The new version uses a Lorica and Sisa upper, both being synthetic microfibers that are lightweight and durable. The Lorica replaces leather to save weight, and improve water repellency and abrasion resistance. The Sisa toe and heel cup add style. Underneath is a fully modern carbon sole with shaping to improve stiffness and power transfer, plus a small vent in front of the cleat to move a little fresh air inside.
This one adds a third Velcro strap, too, helping you dial the fit better than the original. Retail is $295, claimed weight is 280g and they come in sizes 40 through 47 in whole sizes only. Check their sizing chart on their website for US and UK conversions, which suggest they may run just a bit on the small side.
Also available are these new socks designed after the old “combination classification” jersey of the Tour, used from 1968-1989 and combined all of the race’s various points classifications (climbing, sprint, etc).