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DZR Minna Review

DZR has become a major player in the world of urban cycling shoes, and their latest offerings appear to be securing their reputation as one of the top cycling shoe companies.

The Minna is a good-looking, well-padded, casual-looking, SPD-compatible shoe that borrows design elements from skate, BMX and even soccer shoes.

Whereas the first pair of DZR shoes that I tested had very flexible soles and minimal padding in the uppers, the Minna feature highly padded uppers and a considerably stiffer sole. The result is a shoe that feels a lot more secure around the heel, and one that feels like it’s transferring lots of power to your pedals.

Off the bike, the Minna aren’t quite as easy to walk in as their Ovis or Strasse models, but they’re shoes that you can wear all day long (provided you don’t do an unusual amount of walking at your 9-5).

The Minna features a metallic logo plate and a reflective badge on the heel. Vegans will have to look elsewhere, as they’re made from smooth and suede leather, in addition to canvas.

Available in European sizes 37-47, the Minna shoes retail for $95. Check out www.dzrshoes.com.

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  1. LarryApril 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Do they feel like they’ll last? My impression with DZR, having giving up after my third (!) pair of their shoes, is that they don’t hold up very well against the abuse of a 7 mile daily round-trip.

  2. AntisthenesApril 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Don’t like laces for riding: laces in chainring, bad. Why not velcro?

  3. Thermal AttorneyMay 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Antisthenes: You can’t see it in the picture, but the Minna has an elastic strap on the toe you slip your laces into to keep them out of the chain. I’ve got a pair and it works surprisingly well.

  4. BrianMay 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Larry – I’ve had mine since late February and have been doing all my commuting in them and thus far (review on my site), they’ve held up great! I tend to be pretty tough on my gear too – so far so good.

    As far as the laces go, they were one of the initial drawbacks for me until I noticed the elastic loop on the top of the tongue – designed to keep your laces tidy and away from your chainring’s hungry teeth.

  5. SteveMay 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    How is the sizing in these shoes? I usually take a 43 but from their size chart it looks like I am a DZR 42.

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