DMT KR SL road shoe review - five grams lighter than the BOA equipped version

Great ventilation and a super stiff sole

DMT KR SL road cycling shoes
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A high performance road shoe with exceptional ventilation and power transfer, but it comes at a high price and the white knit design can get dirty very easily. The fit is suited to narrower feet, but the upper has a lot of give which makes the shoes quite adaptable. The laces keep tension well, but it is hard to distribute pressure evenly when really locking them down.

Reasons to buy
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    Highly breathable

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    Lace stowaway compartment

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    Looks stylish

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    Great power transfer

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    Memory bolt for Look cleat users is superb idea

Reasons to avoid
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    White knit is a dirt magnet

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    No on the fly adjustment or pressure distribution

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    Memory bolt rattles at high RPM or walking for non-Look users

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Founded in 1978 in Italy, DMT started making cycling shoes in small quantities, but as the years have progressed, they have now been seen on the feet of cycling superstars and serial winners Elia Viviani and Tadej Pogacar. 

DMT KR SL: construction

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.