Look closely at the feet of Philippe Gilbert and you’ll see the 2012 world road race champion wearing Italian firm DMT‘s flagship shoe, the Vega. A carbon fibre sole is de rigueur for a performance shoe in the modern age but DMT have gone one step further and claim the neatly-moulded base of the DMT Vega is made from an aerospace-grade composite.
The upper is made from two fabrics called ‘Micro1’ and ‘Micro Air Cell’ by DMT. ‘Micro 1’ is a microfibre material which is just 1mm-thick, keeping the weight low and comfort high slip the Vega on and you’ll barely notice it’s there. Meanwhile, ‘Micro Air Cell’ is a nylon mesh with a honeycomb structure to allow for maximum ventilation in the heat of a race.
As with many high-end racing shoes, the Vega fastens with a double BOA mechanism, with the two dials offering finite adjustment, and the thin tongue is fixed in place by a small patch of Velcro. If they’re good enough for Fast Phil, they’re good enough for us.