As much as I love the concept of clipless urban cycling shoes, I’ve had little or no use for the clipless part. None of my urban bikes use clipless pedals, so that element is lost on me. Luckily, DZR realizes this and makes shoes designed only for flat pedals.

Released: DZR Shift Flat Pedal Urban Shoes

DZR Shift Flat Pedal Shoe For Urban Applications

The DZR Shift ($79USD) has the steez and functionality (sans SPD cleats) that you’ve come to expect from the urban cycling shoe company. These are “co-designed among three world-renowned artists, Burrito Breath, Wakako and D Young. Each artist has designed the interior of the shoes in order to compliment the exterior design of the new Shift silhouette.”

Released: DZR Shift Flat Pedal Urban Shoes

DZR Shift Features:

  • Stiffened midsole for power transfer while pedaling
  • Counter-griped gum rubber outsole that is durable and provides optimum grip on a variety of surfaces
  • Strategically placed directional tread
  • Toe portion of the sole is able to grip the ground and the mid foot is lowered for the best pedal grip, while the heal-tread sheds dirt and optimizes traction
  • Well thought aspects of the outsole have been designed for the balance of stiffness and all day comfort while being wrapped in a sleek urban profile
  • Custom chain link eyelet and hand stitch detail on heal cup
  • 12oz canvas
  • Reflective heal badge
  • Ventilation ports
  • Low profile design that fits seamlessly into toe straps
  • Available in Men’s sizes 41-47

Released: DZR Shift Flat Pedal Urban Shoes Released: DZR Shift Flat Pedal Urban Shoes Released: DZR Shift Flat Pedal Urban Shoes

Full DZR Shift Shoe Press Release

DZR INTRODUCES NEW ‘SHIFT’ FLAT PEDAL URBAN SNEAKERS

Artist Collaboration – Design, Performance, & Utility

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 8, 2016 – DZR, known for their continuously innovative line of unique urban cycling footwear, announced today their new line of Shift flat pedal sneakers designed for life on and off the bike.

 The Shift line of footwear is a natural extension from DZR’s existing offerings of the original clipless urban bike sneakers. The design is rooted in urban street style, yet still maintains all performance elements that are non-negotiable for the urban dweller. The Shift has been co-designed among three world-renowned artists, Burrito Breath, Wakako and D Young. Each artist has designed the interior of the shoes in order to compliment the exterior design of the new Shift silhouette.

 Design features include a stiffened midsole for power transfer while pedaling, a counter-griped gum rubber outsole that is durable and provides optimum grip on a variety of surfaces, as well as a strategically placed directional tread. The toe portion of the sole is able to grip the ground and the mid foot is lowered for the best pedal grip, while the heal-tread sheds dirt and optimizes traction. The well thought aspects of the outsole have been designed for the balance of stiffness and all day comfort while being wrapped in a sleek urban profile.

 Additional features include custom chain link eyelet and hand stitch detail on heal cup, 12oz canvas, reflective heal badge, ventilation ports and a low profile design that fits seamlessly into toe straps.

 MSRP: $79.00

 About Artists:

 Wakako

One of two female Japanese tattoo artist working in the in United States, Wakako has been featured in a variety of magazines and periodicals through out the world. Wakako’s passion for bicycles led her to co-open a bike shop in Tokyo, Japan.

 Burrito Breath

One of the most prolific artists of his time, Phil Guy incorporates 60s and 70s weirdness in his logos, covers and iconic designs. His art can be found on skate decks, motorcycles, T-shirts and any number of posters all with that ting of classic heavy metal influences and the sick and twisted cartoons of the 90’s.

 D Young V

A San Francisco based street artist focused on a series of multi media projects with an ongoing narrative of a social dystopia. He gained his MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2006 and has since been focused both large indoor gallery installations and outdoor public projects.

 About DZR:

Simply put, DZR was born out of a passion for a life of riding – on city streets and mountain trails and anywhere else between. With their introduction in 2010, DZR was the first brand to bring innovation and the concept of SPD Compatible Sneaker to market.  The line of sneakers includes flat pedal and ‘click in’ options for both men and women in the urban and off road categories. Visit www.dzrshoes.com.