DMT GK1 Gravel Shoes Test – Road Bike Shoes – Footwear
DMT GK1 Gravel Shoes
Italian footwear specialist DMT is the pioneer of knitted uppers. The innovative design has been licensed by some of the world’s leading sports brands for use in footwear such as soccer cleats and running shoes.
DMT brought knitted uppers to its high-end cycling models in 2018 and it has now launched a dedicated gravel bike shoe priced under £200.
Details and performance of the DMT GK1 gravel shoes
At 753.6ga (size 45, UK 10), the GK1s are much heavier than the best road shoes due to their sturdier construction. They are designed for epic days and multi-day adventures.
Sizes range from 37 to 46 without half sizes, and they are available in black or black and ocher, as well as in this brown and black colourway.
The superior comfort these shoes provide comes from the slightly stretchy open-weave material in the upper, which gives a breathable, sock-like fit and conforms to your foot better than any PU material I’ve tried. .
It has the suppleness of real leather without the bulk. However, the open weave is obviously not perfect when the rain is falling.
On the plus side, the shoes dry out quickly. For added durability, a bonded rubberized coating runs across the toe and along the sidewalls, completely covering the heel area.
The shoe is stretched using laces that attach to 10 cords on each side. These then wrap around the sides of your foot and anchor to the outsole. The fit of the upper is so good that I’m confident it would work well without laces.
There’s no lace retainer, but it’s no problem to tuck the bow behind the lacing.
The natural rubber compound sole is made by Michelin and provides full coverage of the foot plate, as well as good grip for off-road conditions. The blocky tread pattern is thick, with 10mm deep blocks on the forefoot reaching 15mm deep on the heel.
The sole is stiff enough without being stiff like a “running shoe”.
DMT GK1 Gravel Shoe Bottom Line
The DMT GK1 shoes are superb gravel companions as the soles absorb vibrations much better than a merciless carbon sole.
This, combined with the soft yet supportive upper, means the GK1s have quickly become some of my favorite gravel shoes for long rides in hot, dry conditions.
Their lack of water resistance and the fact that you ideally need a shoe horn to put them on due to the tongueless design are minor drawbacks in an exceptional shoe that’s a great choice for summer riding.