Review: DZR Tosca bike shoes

Pro Review Shoes

Why You Want

You’re in the market for a stylish pair of commuter-friendly high tops that can accommodate a two-bolt cycling cleat.

Pros

They look good. They’re reasonably comfortable. Reflective accents on the heel help keep you visible and safe. Cleat attachment is simple, and the cleat pocket is roomy enough to make getting in and out of pedals a snap, and recessed enough that there’s no click-clacking when off the bike.

Construction is a mix of full grain leather and classic herringbone fabric. Sole features a variable flex shank that subtly enhances power transfer and pedaling efficiency without compromising walk-around flexibility and comfort. Elastic lace catch minimizes the chance of catastrophic chainring tangles. Gum rubber sole is sticky and durable.


Cons

Included insole is too thin and lacks adequate arch support for my foot shape. To get the fit totally dialed I had to swap in a pair of more robust insoles borrowed from another pair of cycling shoes. I also experienced some heel lift unless laces were completely cranked. So if you’re looking to wear these hip-hop style, you might want to look elsewhere — or buy a bunch of moleskin. At $120, the Tosca isn’t exactly a bargain.

RoadBikeReview Take

Loved the looks straight out of the box, and after a little finagling managed to dial fit, which pushed these shoes into our regular rotation of on-and-off-bike casual wear.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Sizes: 39 to 47
Price: $120
More Info: www.dzrshoes.com

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Thin insole.
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Nice styling.
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Lace catch.
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Reflective accents.
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Toe protection.
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Chuck Taylor style for the 21st century.
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Cleat cover plate.
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Recessed cleat.
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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