Died Ciccio, the artist of the shoes for F1 drivers

(ANSA) – PALERMO, 01 JAN – He was known as the artist of shoes for Formula 1 drivers. However, two years ago he closed his shop on the Cefalù seafront, which became a point of history and memory of automotive glories, and now Francesco Liberto, whom everyone called Ciccio, has died at the age of 87.

A character loved and appreciated for having invented special footwear for the most prestigious pilots, from Clay Regazzoni to Niki Lauda, ​​leaves with him. Lauda himself wore the “racing shoes” of Ciccio di Cefalù when he climbed the highest podium for Ferrari. His workshop also produced footwear for Andretti, Giunti, Elford, Siffert, Nino Vaccarella, Ickx, Larousse, De Adamich, Vettel, Munari, Tognana, Pregliasco, Andruet and many others. With many of them a lasting friendship was born. Up until a couple of years ago, orders continued to arrive in Ciccio, but also expressions of affection and esteem. One of his last requests was that of the wife of a senior Porsche executive, for whom he re-proposed a shoe model with the image of Donna Franca Florio on the upper. And the German car manufacturer dedicated a video to the Sicilian shoemaker who was thanked and called a “living legend”. .