We have just received our first few orders for our new 2013 range of DZR SPD compatible shoes. I tend to have very particular taste in shoes and have been keeping a close eye on DZR for sometime. There are a few companies out there offering similar products such as Chrome, Five Ten and a single model from Vans in the form of the Warner. However, DZR are the first company I have come across that focus exclusively on clipless shoes and preventing them from turning into an optical offence.
Hailing from San Francisco, DZR are producing products with an astounding attention to detail. With a current offering of 16 standard models including shoes for both men and women you can bet your bottom dollar that if your after a casual, well styled and practical SPD shoe you have found the right company. DZR portray a strong DIY ethic with a backdrop of authenticity that is heavily reinforced when you actually get your hands on the finished product. These guys know what they are doing.
We have so far had our hands on with the Concubine and Mamba models of shoe. Although both models were a lot heavier than I first expected, you can understand the weight when you feel the inherent stiffness in the sole. There will be no worries concerning power transfer here. Colours tend to be earth toned further adding to the chic style and understated cool.
The Concubine incorporates a full width nylon woven fabric strap that is found in more common place as the humble seat restraint in your average auto-mobile. It has to be said that the Concubine bears more than a little resemblance to the ever popular Vans slip ons and has definitely taken more than a few style classes from your average rock connoisseur.
In this for me lies DZR’s ultimate appeal. These are shoes you can wear all day hopping on and off your bike at will and always looking the part. In short, these shoes are perfect for the everyday. Whether hanging out with friends at the pub or riding to town for a little Saturday afternoon shopping; you can rest assured that you won’t sound like Fred Astaire as you jaunt across the tiled floor of the local shopping precinct.
The Mamba is a mid top shoe with a wood grain printed faux leather outer. Although I personally am not a fan of the wood grain print you can’t argue with the lines and overall shape of these all-day riding companions. This model is well padded and features a well placed restraint strap across the tongue of the shoe; I cannot foresee any problems with comfort arising from using these to wander around until your hearts content.
These are beautiful shoes with an understated style and cool that would make even the most hipster among us put our hands in the pockets of our favourite skinnies.
Check out the video below for a little insight into the care and attention that goes into a single pair of your new favourite shoes.