SPORTIVO - The Ultimate Leather Cycling SPD Shoe
Hand made with the finest leather, resulting in a shoe that displays a unique combination to style comfort and fit.
Dromarti leather shoes uniquely mold to your individual footprint, giving you the 'ultimate fit' that maximizes both power and comfort.
- Finest shoe leather
- Dromarti 'ultimate fit'
- Beautifully detailed stitching
- Soft leather lining - ultra comfortable
- Cyclo – cross, race proven
- Standard SPD 2 hole cleat fixing
- Recessed cleats - no scraping cleats when walking
- Great grip
- Dromarti shoe bag included
- Rave press and customer reviews
'I am rarely this enamored with a product but Dromarti's combine good looks, comfort and durability of a hand made shoe with the performance of a SPD mountain bike shoe.'
Jan Heine - Bicycling Quarterly
- David Millar/ Dromarti
- Customer reviews
- thewashing machinepost press review
- Bicycle Quarterly press review
- Rider profile
- Sizing advice, leather care
- Press reviews
- Terms and conditions
David Millar is an ambassador for Maserati GB, the title sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride
Photography - Simon Wilkinson
The shoes are amazing! I got them two days before I left on a 7day bicycle tour and they performed superbly. I was worried about them not breaking in but I experienced zero discomfort. I am very, very impressed with the quality and style and can't wait to get a second pair in brown ;)
PS, Thanks for the extremely fast and accurate shipping!
Matt D - San Francisco, USA. Race Black
The shoes arrived and I've been out riding with them. They are fabulous, comfortable, and beautiful.
I'm using them with old Campy quill pedals and straps. I need some old style cleats with just a slot for the quill. Do you have any such cleats that will fit the 3 screw pattern on the shoe bottoms?
Guildford, Connecticut, USA. Race Black
The shoes arrived safely and fit perfectly. I've been using them all week. They are very comfortable indeed, really love them.
James London. Sportivo Classic
You beat me to it! I wanted to email you to say my husband is highly delighted with the shoes and to thank you for helping me make his birthday a good one! He is delighted with the quality of the shoe and can't wait to use them.
I think I may need to get a pair now!
I hope you had a good holiday.
Caroline - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Shoes arrived today ... Really outstanding, everything I expected ...
Phil - New Jersey, USA. Sportivo Classic
I just wanted to let you know that I am delighted with the shoes.
The quality is fantastic and they also look great.
All-in-all, a great pair of shoes with excellent customer service.
Chris S - Manchester, England. Sportivo Black
Shoes received yesterday. Cycling? You are kidding, right? I' m going dancing in them this weekend! :)
Mike R - Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Race Black
The shoes have arrived safe&sound, I am delighted, sexy is not the word for them! Fabulous. Like the brown ones I had from you some time ago. If these shoes were a woman, they'd be Claudia Cardinale in her prime! Thank you so much.
Timm F - Gwent, Wales.
Thanks for the question; I own a set of perfectly-fitting Dromartis purchased back in 2012. They are size 46. I am getting these to allow for more leaisurely rides where I want to walk around. By the way, my first set took a real beating doing the 2012 L'Eroica, where I certainly ended up walking far more than I would have guessed. Even with so much walking in gravel they have held up beautifully.
Mark Ty - Virginia, USA. Sportivo Classic
I finally got a chance to try the new Sportivos. They fit perfectly, and were very comfortable. The ride was cold and I wore neoprene booties over them. It was nice not to have buckles and velcro straps in the way as I was pulling the booties on. Thanks so much for a great shoe with classic appeal and modern performance.
K Boulder, CO USA Sportivo Black
Just to let you know that the shoes are wonderful. Very comfortable and good looking to boot. A different look - I like it!
John S - Western Australia. Race Black
I can't believe the shoes arrived very next day. I was pit but collected them from post office. Great service fantastic shoes, on my way to buy cleats. Have a good day
Doug B - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Shoes arrived yesterday - excellent fit and wow!
Len - Northumberland, England Race Black
Thank you so much for the shoes, which I wore today for the 1st time (after letting some Brooks leather preserve sink in overnight).
The shoes fit very nicely, so thank you for your recommendation to go up a size from my original order. I'm particularly keen on the soft cup of the heel, which holds the foot snugly on climbs.
They are also a lovely colour, which I'm looking forward to seeing age and develop a rich patina.
Thank you again for your time, help and wonderful work.
Good luck with all your ventures with the company, and good luck with all your adventures on your bike.
Gary O - Gateshead, England. Sportivo Classic
Simply beautiful shoes, perfect fit.
Gordon - Lancashire, England.
thewashingmachinepost press review
dromarti classic leather road shoes
modern society has pretty much managed to convince itself that new and modern is better than tried and trusted. i recently cycled with a fellow who admitted that, as a marketing man, he was a real sucker for believing in the next big thing. of course with continual development in many different ways, there's little doubt that modernity has contributed much to the wellbeing of the modern man and woman, but new and shiny doesn't necessarily equate to better.
as i made mention not too many posts ago, the ludwig drum company, in existence since 1909, has only recently added the slogan to its advertisements 'sometimes it's the step backwards that moves you forward.' this was reference to their eschewing the ubiquitous thick maple shelled drum for that of three ply mahogany beloved of drummers in the fifties. the equivalent in velocipedinal terms would be pinarello throwing out the carbon fibre and phoning columbus for a tonne of steel tubing.
there are those of us who might think that a somewhat spiffing idea.
but it's not just in the realm of bicycle frames that modernity might be shuffled backwards in favour of the plainly historical. present day cycle footwear has followed the path of the frameworks, with admirably stiff carbon in the soles, synthetically pliable uppers and closure systems that demand a degree in physics to comprehend. whatever was the problem with tying laces, a fastening solution that giro has shown enthusiasm for reviving with its empire and empire slx footwear to great effect? however, there is a precedent that has enjoyed pelotonic approval over a number of recent years, offered by dromarti.
however, these almost too beautiful to wear shoes have stopped well short of losing the retro vibe for which they are world renowned. featuring immaculately crafted leather uppers available in black or burgundy with a matching pair of sturdy laces, dromarti's classic race shoes (as recently worn by david millar in front of a maserati) are a welcome antidote to many of the fluorescent models beloved of the professional peloton. though the soles seem mercifully free of carbon fibre, they're more than up to the job of maintaining the stiffness we're all told is our birthright nowadays.
it causes me no end of embarrassment to admit that these dromarti road shoes ought really to have been the subject of a review several months ago. this particular pair were sent by dromarti in the early part of this year, at which point i ordered a pair of appropriate cleats to fit the pedals on the colnago c40. however, at that time, the cleats were out of stock and mrs washingmachinepost put the shoes in 'a safe place', from which they were only discovered a few weeks ago. for this state of affairs, i must apologise profusely to martin at dromarti who doubtless has been thinking negative thoughts about having sent them up here in the first place.
however, cleats back in stock, delivered and affixed, these beautiful burgundy items of cycling footwear have accompanied me on several delightful and one or two less than delightful bike rides around the principality. as mentioned in a previous dromarti review, the original made in italy versions have now been relegated with all the current production made in the far east. and to be quite honest, they're all the better for it. not only do these look subtly superior to their ancestors, but they are most definitely more comfortable, even after several hours into a galeforce headwind augmented by horizontal rain.
but what might turn out to be their unique selling point, even were you to be seen aboard one of team sky's ronde van vlaanderen suspensioned dogmas, a pair of these on your feet would never, ever look out of place. as david millar has amply demonstrated, were it not for the iniquities of sponsorship dictates, there's every likelihood that a few more in the world tour would indulge their inner style council. at a price of ÂŁ223.70, they're every bit the competitor of anything else around cleated to a pedal, but with lashings of desirability.
dromarti's classic road shoes are available in sizes ranging from 42 to 47 (44 reviewed) and in black or salubrious burgundy.
Monday 6 April 2015
thewashingmachinepost occupies not only a niche within the world of road cycling, but also something of a geographical corner, given that it all emanates from the inner Hebridean island of Islay, situated off Scotland's west coast. The climate, rife with galeforce winds, horizontal rain perfumed with the peat smoke from eight malt whisky distilleries and a substantial network of agriculturally beset single-track roads, is the ideal testing ground for most things cycling.
Only the most rugged survive: http://www.thewashingmachinepost.net
Bicycle Quarterly press review
Cost: $ 317
Weight (size 43, with SPD cleats): 790 g
Test duration: 2000 km (1200 miles)
Sample provided by: Dromarti
Country of manufacture: Taiwan
I love my Dromarti SPD shoes. I rarely am this enamored with a product, but the Dromartis combine the good looks, comfort and durability of a hand-made shoe with the performance of an SPD mountain bike shoe. I've always admired hand-made Italian shoes. I own a pair of dress shoes with Vibram soles that we call my "geologist shoes", because we envision an Italian geologist wearing these together with a tailored, but casual, suit as he examines a gravel pit. Those shoes were an indulgence when I bought them, but twenty years later, they still are comfortable and look good during the rare occasions when I dress up. Most of the time, I leave my house on a bike, and that is why the Dromarti Sportivo SPD shoes have become my favorite shoes. They also are handmade (now in Taiwan rather than Italy, because the quality is better). They also fit my slightly narrow feet perfectly - similar to my Sidis. The Dromartis were comfortable from the first time I wore them. They don't look "high tech", yet don't try to hide that they are cycling shoes. They are unpretentious - fine leather cycling shoes, nothing more and nothing less. It's easy to dismiss beautifully made, traditional products as "wannabe attire", so our samples were tested rigorously. I took them on a recent trip to Japan, where they were my only shoes during a six-day tour of Hokkaido (which included plenty of walking). Then they went on half of a Super Randonnée, with 300 km of relentless climbing. This was followed by a three-day ride through a typhoon that included a night-time hike when
we carried our bikes, cyclocross-style, down a rocky mountain trail. I've also worn them commuting and for hill intervals. The shoes are comfortable even after 20+ hours in the saddle. The soles are soft enough for comfortable walking and standing, yet they are stiff enough for spirited riding. Only once, at the end of a 4-hour all-out ride to Mount Rainier did the ball of one foot hurt slightly. I was concerned, but the problem never recurred, so it's perhaps unfair to blame the shoes. That said, for racing or if you plan to set a personal best in PBP, you may want shoes with stiffer soles. For touring and general riding, though, the Dromartis seem to provide the perfect balance of stiffness and comfort. I have walked short distances in Sidis, and it was less than ideal. The Dromartis were
comfortable even at the end of a day's sightseeing on foot in Sapporo. The SPD cleats are recessed enough that they don't "click" on the pavement. The lugged soles offer plenty of traction during hikes. Only on wet floors are they a little slippery, as are all cycling shoes I have tried. The laces allow adjusting the volume of the shoes, but they obviously cannot be adjusted "on the move" like modern ratchet systems. On the plus side, my feet don't get sweaty in the Dromartis. My Dromartis have been through a lot, and they no longer look pristine. Unlike artificial leather, the patina of scuffs and scrapes adds to the beauty, and a little shoe polish makes them presentable again. They are expensive, but if they ever stop making them, I'll buy a pair or two to put aside, since I don't want to be without them. - JH
My brown Dromarti Sportivos are the most comfortable stylish cycling shoes I have ever worn. Here in Oregon there are cyclocross races most evenings during the week. It's not uncommon for me to wear my Dromartis to my last business meeting of the day with my race kit underneath my slacks, shirt and tie -- the Dromarti's look so good with slacks nobody notices they are cycling shoes. I drive straight to the bike race after work, pull off my business clothes and I am ready to warm up and race!
I have people stop me before and after I race both complimenting me on my shoes and asking where they can get them!
I am a former marathoner and ultra marathoner that started cycling just over a year ago as crosstraining. I have raced 58 cyclocross races in my Dromarti shoes this fall and they have performed flawlessly, they are easy to clip into the pedals on remounts and the aggressive tread are great for run ups in the mud or dry loose conditions. I once flatted on my first lap of a cross race with no back-up bike in the pits and to avoid a DNF, I ran 8K, the entire race pushing my bike in the mud and my Dromarti's felt like running shoes and did not aggravate my plantar fasciitis even after running for 40 straight minutes in them. I currently lead the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (ORBA) Ironman standings and recently completed the feat of racing 5 cyclocross races in a single day wearing my brown Dromarti's. Cycling has helped me rehabilitate my hip after a bad car accident and has substantially improved my overall fitness, allowing me to return to running marathons again.
One should not be worried about racing in a pair of Dromarti's - they aren't too pretty to race, they are durable and perform fantastically, with a little shoe polish they will shine like new again after a weekend of hard racing.
SELECTING YOUR SHOE SIZE
It's quite easy to deal with this, as our shoes are similar in size to the major Italian, Japanese and American cycling shoes brands. Therefore, just order the size of cycling shoes you already have.
It's worth noting that cycling shoes, tend to be size differently from walking shoes, so expect your cycling shoes size be larger than your everyday walking shoe size.
Our shoes are made of leather, therefore overtime the upper will naturally stretch, molding it's self to the unique shape of your foot.
If you take a half size, round down to the full size.
If these are your first cycling shoes, just order one size larger than your walking shoe size.
If you would like to discuss this, please email email@example.com I would be delighted to hear from you.
One of the many joys of leather is that with a little care they will just get to look better and better.
In fact, leather is far more durable and will look better for longer, than any synthetic material. Just read the article by Dromarti customer Greg Eyerly
Just follow some simple rules.
When wet, stuff the shoes with newspaper and allow to dry naturally away from direct heat.
As needed, clean with shoe brushes, apply a good quality shoe polish and watch your shoes become even more beautiful.
We're also big fans of 'Waximum™' made by Timberland which we've found a truly great product.
thewashingmachinepost, 4th August 2010
Bicycling, 3rd February 2011
Outside Magazine December 2010
thewashingmachinepost, 6th February 2011
thewashingmachinepost, 20th January 2011
Terms and Conditions
UK mainland shipping using Royal Mail 1st class recorded service.
International shipping by Royal Mail.
Postage costs are calculated from the package weight.
Local import duty may be payable on orders from overseas
If you find that you have ordered the wrong size or would simply like a refund, just post them back to us.
We recommend returning your order by Royal Mail Recorded Signed for™ (within the UK).
If returning from outside of the EU, to avoid customs cost and delay please mark the package, 'Return of good to seller'
Returns must be received within 90 days of the date of shipping to the customer. (Extended for the Christmas period).
Please retain the original packaging.
Take every care to return the item in packaging that will offer adequate protection.
For refunds to be given the items must be returned as new and unmarked together with the original packing.
The returns address is
8 The Island
Leather is a natural material and therefore every shoe is unique. Each hide used in manufacture will have its own characteristics which is part of the attraction of the product. Colour and surface may vary reflecting the nature of leather and that each shoe is individual and handmade.
Whenever you buy from Dromarti we will always respect the privacy of your personal details and account information. The UK Data Protection Act governs all data collection and storage by Dromarti. We will not divulge your email address to anyone, and you will always have the right to access and modify any data about you that is held by us.
We'll also minimise the amount of information you need to provide about yourself before you reach the checkout area. The information you do provide during purchasing will always be limited to that needed for your purchase. This information will be passed from your browser to our secure server using the highest level of encryption technology possible. What this also means is that we don't store your card details, or even see them ourselves, as everything is processed by our payment provider.
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The 'company' shall be defined Scofield Ltd T/as Dromarti
Any agreements made with the 'company' are governed by and construed in accordance
with English Law.
The courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arises, and any person, persons, company or other entities dealing or engaging in any way with the company, hereby irrevocably agrees to submit to that jurisdiction.
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