Founded in 1975, Bont began when Inze Bont, a recreational skater decided to fiberglass the back of his leather skates to gain extra support. A simple, yet innovative approach which started a company now in its 36th year, with product ranges across two highly competitive sports and sales across 56 countries.
In 2007, Bont expanded its product line into the cycling market and working together with world class athletes, launched its initial offering of cycling shoes and in its inaugural year at the 2008 Beijing Olympics finished with 8 Gold medals.
Bont Cycling has rapidly grown its product line to over 12 models for all disciplines of cycling. Its range of cycling shoes cater not only to high performance athletes, but also to enthusiasts and beginners alike.
BONT'S HISTORY OF CUSTOM BOOT MAKING
Mr. Inze Bont first started making custom shoes in the backyard of his Sydney house in 1974 after struggling to find a boot that would fit his wide feet. Mr. Bont pioneered the field of custom footwear and has remained the #1 custom boot/shoe builder in the world since 1974. Each week, Bont makes up to 200 pairs of custom boots and shoes.
In the mid 1990’s Inze tried to use socks with resin impregnated in them as he had seen being used in the hospitals to take a cast of people’s broken bones. He used the sock to quickly and easily make impression molds of peoples feet. They were so easy to use, he could post them out and people could make their own molds and post them back to our factory. This is still the most popular method used today.
Bont is extremely successful as custom shoe building because we have a unique way of building the shoes, the most knowledge in the industry for plaster foot shaping, and a fast turn around time. Feet have a lot of flesh on them that need to be sanded off, but if any of the bony areas are sanded, it will cause a great amount of pain and blisters for the rider. This mold preparation is crucial for a tight fit because when you have such a hard material like carbon fiber only 3mm away from your feet, they need to fit perfectly.