DMT brings high end Italian style to the US

New US distributor bring selection of high-end Italian style shoes with race ready features

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DMT is an Italian brand based out of Verona, Italy who’s founder has a long history in cycling shoes even before creating the brand in 1996. Currently, their production is based out of a factory in Bosnia. The DMT factory employs over 1,800 people and they also product sports shoes for Nike. In fact, DMT develops and produces a particular line of soccer shoes for Nike and although the percentage of shoes that DMT creates for Nike is very small, even this small percentage of a brand as big as Nike is still quite large in comparison to the very niche cycling shoe market.

To ensure that quality control is kept to as high a level as if the factory was in Italy, the owner of DMT commutes 300 miles from Verona to Bosnia (300 miles) every week! DMT is also the shoe of choice for none other than Mario Cipollini.

(Check out this highlight video for a detailed look at features of the DMT R1.)

DMT is now distributed in the US by Alé Bike Wear and we got an up close look at the all new 2016 collection that feature a 100% carbon sole, hand crafted quality and their own air flow technology.

The R1 has high end features, Italian style and performance.

The R1 has high end features, Italian style and performance.

DMT R1

The R1 is DMT’s top of the line road race model. It features a 100% carbon fiber sole for maximum stiffness and efficiency. The sole has DMT’s Aerotech+ air flow technology – a mesh covered vent toward the front of the shoe. The R1 is made to be anatomic, light and breathable with air holes for maximum air flow. The heel is reinforced for a snug, secure fit. There are two Boa closures for easy fit. We did not try these shoes on, but the cut seems to be a bit on the narrow side.

  • Sizes: 37-47
  • Colors: orange, yellow, white
  • Weight: 225 grams (size 41)
  • MSRP: $339.90
The R2 has 1 Boa closure and one velcro strap for fitment.

The R2 has 1 Boa closure and one velcro strap for fitment.

DMT R2

The R2 is a slightly less expensive version of the R1 and features the same Aerotech+ carbon sole. It has only 1 Boa closure and a velcro strap.

  • Sizes: 37-47
  • Colors: orange, yellow, white, black
  • Weight: 250 grams
  • MSRP: $299.90
The R3 strikes a good balance of features and price.

The R3 strikes a good balance of features and price.

DMT R3

The R3 features an upper with panels pieced together versus the single panel construction of the R1. The R3 still has the Aerotech+ carbon sole. It has 1 Boa closure for fitment.

  • Sizes: 37-47
  • Colors: orange, yellow, white, black
  • Weight: 230 grams
  • MSRP: $259.90
The R4 features a bit different upper with a combination of materials including mesh and uses velcro straps.

The R4 features a bit different upper with a combination of materials including mesh and uses velcro straps.

DMT R4

The R4 features an upper made from two different materials including mesh for comfort and air flow. The R4 still has the Aerotech+ carbon sole. It eschews the Boa closures for more cost effective velcro straps (3).

  • Sizes: 37-47
  • Colors: orange, yellow, white
  • Weight: 245 grams
  • MSRP: $235.00
The T1 is the Triathlon specific shoe with no tongue and a heel loop for fast fitting.

The T1 is the Triathlon specific shoe with no tongue and a heel loop for fast fitting.

DMT T1

The T1 is the triathlon specific shoe from DMT and features no tongue and a rear loop for quick fitting. It has a low profile and one single Boa closure for fitment. The R1 still has the Aerotech+ carbon sole.

  • Sizes: 37-48
  • Colors: orange, white
  • Weight: 235 grams
  • MSRP: $235.00
The R5 Womens features a lighter, less stiff sole but that doesn't mean is scrimps on quality.

The R5 Womens features a lighter, less stiff sole but that doesn’t mean is scrimps on quality.

DMT R5 Womens

The R5 Womens is designed for the smaller, lighter foot of a woman and the sole is different from the rest of DMT’s mens line. The sole on this model is made from nylon and fiber glass for a light but efficient performance oriented shoes. The heel is reinforced for a snug, secure fit and uses one Boa closure.

  • Sizes: 37-42
  • Colors: orange, white
  • MSRP: $185.00
From the Manufacturer

“The great power of DMT is the production department that is made up of skillful and motivated men and women, a work organization that dates back its roots during the early ‘80s of the last century.
A few years ago, Philippe Zecchetto, footwear technician and manager, formed a selected team, consisting of the best footwear engineers and artisans, a small world made of fond and painstaking people. With a single purpose: give the best every day in order to produce an unmatchable shoe.”

For more information visit alebikewear.com.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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