The Velar is Vittoria’s newest and most advanced shoe to date, offering quality workmanship and materials all from their family-run Italian factory. Yes, each shoe is meticulously created by hand. The Velar uses a new carbon sole that, in addition to providing increased stiffness and strength over the previous version, has also dropped 25 percent of its weight. This new sole is offered in the traditional three-bolt pattern (there is also a Speedplay-specific sole that uses their previous carbon sole).