A longtime favorite of racing drivers, enthusiasts and automotive journalists alike, Piloti emerged in 1999 to provide a unique line of driving shoes for both on-track use and off. Yet despite their popularity in the automotive marketplace, the brand disappeared a couple of years ago after the economy tanked. Enthusiasts didn't stop asking for them, though, and now Piloti is back with new owners and a lineup including some of our favorites from the previous line and some welcome new additions.
There was a Canadian Tire store at the mall down the street where this writer went to high school. It was next to the food court where we got our snacks and opposite the bus stop where we got on and off every morning and afternoon. But looking like it had already been picked clean ahead of the zombie apocalypse and with all the allure of a J.C. Penney sans the slacks, we generally avoided that store like the plague. If only they'd had stuff this cool it might never have closed.