Bike Shoes that 'Don't Look like Bike Shoes'

The category of clip-in bike shoes that “don’t look like bike shoes” has grown in recent years. At least one of the GearJunkie staffers rides in each day wearing shoes that lace up and appear normal (stylish even!) but under the sole in fact is hidden a bolted-on cleat that clips into an SPD pedal for more efficiency on his ride.

New this summer, San Francisco-based DZR Shoes unveils an expanded line of such stealth biking sneakers. The company’s Task Collection includes a lineup of eight new shoe models “designed with performance attributes for cycling but without the ‘I am a cyclist appearance,’” as the company puts it.

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DZR Shoes’ Task Collection

Basically, these shoes have a stiff shank to make them rigid while pedaling and a cutout place in the sole where you bolt on a pedal cleat from Shimano, Crank Brothers, Look, or other major brands. They have shoe laces, not dorky ratchet systems, and they are stylish and comfy enough to wear all day long in most any setting.

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Stealth sneaker: DZR Shoe with clip-in cleat in the sole

No doubt, for pure performance a dedicated bike shoe should be your choice. But when fashion and all-day wear is a concern, shoes like these DZR models are a great middle ground.

For the Task line, cost is $95 to $139, depending on the model. See more at

—Stephen Regenold

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Special edition DZR bike boot

Posted by Sean - 06/05/2012 08:59 AM

Thanks for keeping the posts coming. FWIW, in Google Reader all your images appear broken. Not sure why…


Posted by ultradawn - 06/05/2012 10:09 AM

but why are they only in men’s sizes? i need a size 35 or 36.

Posted by anonymouse - 06/05/2012 10:11 AM

No women’s? Bummer…

Posted by Rico - 06/05/2012 10:19 AM

laces get in the chain. i’d like a slip-on, please, thank you.

Posted by jpea - 06/05/2012 10:29 AM

their line is mainly mens shoes (if not only mens), but they’re not super gender specific other than in look. The last/size fits my narrower feet pretty well. And just find a lace that’s short enough to not hang over. I used regular shoes with toe clips for years and never had a lace grabbed by the chain.

Posted by BirdOnABike UK - 06/05/2012 10:35 AM

@Rico. The shoes with laces have a special elasticated loop to put the laces through so no need to worry about getting them stuck in the chain.
@Anonymouse. @Ultradawn. There are ladies versions. I have two pairs of different types. I love my DZR’s.

Posted by Chris - 06/05/2012 06:24 PM

They do a good job of not looking like bike shoes but unfortunately they look like skate shoes instead. I am not a fan of the skate shoe look probably since I don’t skateboard.

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