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.

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.

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

Special edition DZR bike boot

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.