Hannah checks out the DZR Turin boots, just as they get a whole lot easier to get hold of int he UK and Europe.
When offered a pair of these DZR Turin boots to try out before the launch, I thought they looked like the perfect thing to wear as a bike journo on a trip to Sea Otter. I could walk or ride as required, I’d be able to hop on and off bikes as needed, hang out in bars… you know, essential work stuff.
Instead, Sea Otter was postponed, and all UK bars closed. Even our office shut down, as we worked from home under social distancing and lock down rules. I’ve barely worn a pair of shoes for weeks – had I seen this coming I would have got a selection of slippers and all day lounge wear in on test.
My boots shipped all the way from the USA, however since then, DZR has established a European distribution centre, which is conveniently based in the UK. This should make it a whole lot easier to get hold of DZR shoes, for which sh0pping and taxes has previously been an issue for UK buyers. These particular Turin boots however are available now in the USA, but not until autumn in the UK and Europe (though they are on pre-order).
DZR Turin Boots – Out The Box
The DZR Turin boots look like casual moto style boots, perfect for wearing with skinny black jeans, or rolled up denims – whatever really. The leather upper and gum sole look like good quality streetwear boots, not cycling specific wear. There is a small reflective tab on the heel, but that’s it, until you look to the sole and spot there’s space to attach cleats – and a chain themed tread pattern.
The boots ship with a gum wedge to fill the cleat slot, so in theory you could skip the cleats if you wanted, though there’s quite a large channel around the plug, meaning you may struggle for grip on flat pedals. I did manage a short spin out on them as flats, and wouldn’t be opting to tackle anything tricky with them in this set up. But, you’re surely not buying these to ride as flats – otherwise you could buy any old pair of street boots. You’re buying these because you are the kind of person that hops on and off a bike, wants the efficiency of cleats, and needs to look cool while you’re doing it.
Sizing is true to street size. For some reason, in cycling shoes, I always take a 41, but in street shoes I take a 40. I ordered these in a 41, and they’re a touch larger than I would ideally like. That said, I haven’t yet been able to really wear them in, and the leather uppers are still relatively stiff and new, and the laces have yet to settle into that perfect spot for my feet. There are a lot of lace holes, and these are not boots to be taken on and off frequently – there’s no cheat zip, you have to loosen the laces. Being quite a tall ankle boot, they need a lot of loosening to get your foot in or out, and then lacing back up again to get them to fit. Once you’ve got your laces tied, there’s a handy elastic lace holder, though it could use a little tab to make it easier to fish out from behind the laces.
The boots look to be well put together, with the leather work being neatly stitched. The main joins are twin stitched, with decorative additions elsewhere. Out the box, I saw no loose stitches or frayed ends, though on taking the close up photos I’ve noticed a stray stitch has appeared at the top of the left boot’s eyelets. A rubber bumper round the front should offer a bit of extra protection up front. Overall, first impressions are of well made and quality boots. The use of real leather seemed like a bit of a novelty in an age of synthetic replacements.
DZR Turin Boots – On The Move
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|Price:||$199 / €175.53|
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