The shoes are sold at www.dromarti.com. It's a great website. Martin, from the UK, sells four things. Black two-bolt (mountain/touring) shoes. Brown two-bolt shoes. Black three-bolt (racing) shoes. And brown three-bolt shoes. He used to have them made in Italy, but moved the manufacture to Taiwan. I say "great." Better quality, lower price. And a real government.
Here are the Brown Race shoes, picture from Dromarti.com:
And, also from Dromarti, here are the black race shoes:
I now have the brown and black, both, in the two-bolt touring configuration. The brown have become my go-to long-distance shoes for every purpose except for car-supported racing. The black, new this week, are my commuting shoes in Indianapolis.
An amusing true anecdote: I was out for a tune-up ride prior to the Natchez Trace 444. I passed some guy kitted in some TDF team kit. He caught me at the light. "Dude, did you just pass me while riding in dress shoes?"
|They come with that cool shoe bag. What to do with that, I'm not sure.|
- The 2-bolt version work fine as walking shoes. For touring applications, it is hard to imagine a better shoe, short of simply wearing tennies with platform pedals.
- They look good enough to wear with jeans or khakis at the office. It's a tad goofy, because they are obviously cycling shoes, but it's not unprofessional. And with the recessed cleats you can walk on tiled floors without a problem.
- They perform quite well for commuter riding. I can flog the bike out the stoplight without feeling too flexy in the soles.
- The laces hold a knot without any problem. If you worry about laces in the chain, no need with the Dromartis. (I double-knot, but that is de rigeur.)
- Riding long distances they perform as well as can be expected for a heavier shoe with less-than-perfectly-stiff soles. I suffered a horrific case of hot-foot on the abbreviated Glacier 1000K last June, but as Sam can attest, gear cannot be blamed for any challenges on that particular ride. (And with the flexibility of laces, I adjusted the fit and relieved the discomfort.) On the Fleche (400K with loads of climbing) and SR600 (600K with even more climbing), they were all one could ask for in a comfortable all-day shoe.
|Leather shoes, wool socks. Are we certain this is cycling?|