DZR has long been known as the “causal clipless” shoe brand, with a variety of very normal looking shoes that pack performance and a cleat behind that sneaker looking exterior. The Shift is DZR’s first attempt at a casual shoe for platform pedals.
If features a stiffened mid-sole for more support while pedaling, and a pedal-pin friendly sole. The Shift maintains a low profile to slip into toe-clips, for those select few still using them.
The Shift can be found on DZR’s website. Retail price is $79.
There is an artist tie-in here, as well:
“The Shift line of footwear is a natural extension from DZR’s existing offerings of the original clipless urban bike sneakers. The design is rooted in urban street style, yet still maintains all performance elements that are non-negotiable for the urban dweller. The Shift has been co-designed among three world-renowned artists, Burrito Breath, Wakako and D Young. Each artist has designed the interior of the shoes in order to complement the exterior design of the new Shift silhouette.”
The lines between performance cycling and casual commuting have blurred so much so that a lot of new products have quite a crossover appeal. The new DZR Mechanic shoes are a perfect example, with a subdued look that doesn’t draw attention while still having the clipless performance to keep you moving.
Part of the brand’s Street Collection, the Mechanic has a variable flex shank that splits the difference between comfortable walking and powerful pedaling. The synthetic leather toecap is perforated for breathability and the ballistic nylon side panels should be plenty durable. The outsole is capped with a natural gum rubber for a classic look.
Right now they’re available in men’s sizes from 41 to 47 for $99.Tweet Print