Product review: DZR urban cycling shoes provide style, walkability

Photos by Chad Davis

Sedona pro mountain biker Chad Davis recently tried out some DZR Urban Cycling Shoes to see if their functionality is as dialed as the style.


DZR Midnight Shoe

Retail Price: $95

Intended use: Dirt and urban cycling with either flat or SPD pedals

Construction: Built with tough canvas, microfiber and a full rubber sole, these shoes are built to last. Reflective chainlink shape is added to the shoe back for added safety riding at night.

DZR midnight shoe product review

The first thing I noticed about the shoes is how great they are to walk in. I could hardly tell I had an SPD cleat under my foot. Pedaling around town, I almost forgot I was wearing cycling shoes because they were so comfortable. I couldn’t notice any hotspots.

The balance of stiffness where it’s needed in the shoe seemed to strike a very good balance – stiff enough for good power transfer, yet flexible enough for great comfort while walking off the bike.

The fit is generous with plenty of room in the toe box and lots of room to cinch down on even the narrowest feet.   I set my shoes up fairly tight, but was still able to slide the shoe on and off without untying.

Likes: Super comfortable. Grippy sole with deeply recessed cleat for great sure-footed walking.

Dislikes: I would look at one of DZR’s other models with a velcro closure if I were doing more serious riding on trails or on the pump track.

Bottom Line: This is a great shoe for those looking for style matched with great comfort and walkability.  At $95, the DMZ Midnight exceeded my expectations and I would not hesitate to highly recommend them.

Chad Davis