By Jon Hornbeck
An iconic brand through out the cycling industry, Italian made Gaerne shoes are as family run as you can get with their factory just right next door to the house where the owner still lives today.
At 86 years old, founder Ernesto Gazzola still walks into the factory everyday to work and over see his product which he first started back in 1962 with the help of two family members which has now grown to a 55 employee business where they sell 79,000 shoes per year.
Based in Coste di Maser in the province of Treviso which is a distinct sports district for Italian made shoes, Gaerne is growing with their family run professional factory with one goal in mind, to make a great shoe.
We had the opportunity to walk through the factory and learn their story while taking in the sights of how their shoes are produced.