Bont’s method of producing shoes by hand inside out is a process that is far more skill intensive, time consuming and thus resulting in far greater costs than the current mainstream shoe construction methods, but one that allows the Bont range of cycling shoes to lead the market in performance. The Bont production line has been engineered by founder Inze Bont to allow for our monocoque shoes to be hand made in the most time efficient manner possible. This is a process which continues to be developed and refined. Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming. Bont’s drive for design innovation is matched by its innovation in manufacturing processes.
Bont cycle shoes are made unlike any other racing shoe. Most shoes use a pre made base and a pre made upper and the two parts are glued together. The result is a shoe that feels like it was made in two parts. We makes our shoes from the inside out. Everything is laminated together by the epoxy resin so it forms a monocoque.
We start with the last (plastic foot) which has been crafted by a combination of the latest technology and over 36 years of experience. We used data from 20,000 laser foot scans to develop a standard last, we then merged that with Mr. Inze Bont’s 36 years of making custom speed skate/performance footwear and the ongoing feedback received from professional riders. The result is one of the finest cycling shoe last created.
The footbed is the first part of the shoe added to the last. It is made in-house from a heat moldable EVA. The footbed is 65A hardness and only 3mm thick which makes it extremely light weight and heat moldable.