RACE – Leather Cycling Shoes for the road
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.
'The shoes are amazing! I got them two days before I left on a 7 day 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 - USA
£223.70 | €313.18 | $289.98
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David Millar: How to be a stylish cyclist - Story to follow
David Millar is an ambassador for Maserati GB, the title sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride
Photography - Simon Wilkinson
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.
Bicycle Quarterly press review
“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.”
Greg Eyerley. Cyclocross race. Washington County Fairgrounds, USA.
Greg's Sportivos after 58 cyclocross races and a 1/2 hour clean.
Cyclocross images copyright tyarnellphotography.com
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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.
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