You might recall my frustrated first touch on the DZR Marco. Frustrated not because of anything the shoe did, but frustrated because I received the shoes smack in the middle of winter and basically couldn’t ride in them for weeks. So instead, I told you how great they were at riding the bus, or walking around town. Well, its six months later, East Sides have just passed, and I’ve been doing my best to put these shoes to their task… But you’d be hard pressed to tell. These shoes have held up amazingly well. They show very little wear, a little crank rub on the inside of the ankle support and some wear on the Velcro strap, but otherwise they’re still mint. Even the laces are holding up great, which is a vast improvement over the Mamba. They’re still stiff, feel perfect on the pedal; a perfect mixture of power transfer and pedal feel, without developing hotspots. How they do this and still make a shoe that’s honestly comfortable, I have no idea. I essentially wore these shoes from Friday afternoon until Sunday night hosting ESQ. Playing, organizing, running around like a headless chicken… and they never once bothered my feet. Reinforcing my previous ‘first touch’ articles predictions; the wider toe box has been a huge improvement. Where the Mamba tends to cram my toes into the nose of the shoe, the Marco gives me plenty of breathing room which really pays off in terms of comfort after a day of playing. Also, the ventilation holes are well placed, and keep my feet at a reasonable temperature (and scent) throughout the day. Finally, the lacing system is so drastically improved that it might be my single favorite thing that I don’t notice. Gone are the cloth hidden loops, narrow Velcro straps, and flat cloth laces. In are reinforced eyelets, a wide and sturdy Velcro strap for mid-foot support, and round blended laces that have proven much more durable. I got these shoes for free, to test them out and review them. That being said, even had I paid full price I’d be super happy with them. They are the quintessential polo shoe, protecting us where we need it, offering that mixture of performance and comfort that is all too elusive, and styled in a way that fits right in with our normal getup. (because I’ll never get used to seeing cut off jean shorts and a $300 pair of Sidi’s) Well done DZR. Well Done.
You can find them right here on the DZR site: http://www.dzrshoes.com/marcoblk