First Impression: Sette Elite Carbon Road Shoe

I must have been a good boy this year because, after breaking a strap off of my cycling shoe, Santa Claus surprised me and brought a new pair of road shoes from the Sette Elite Carbon shoe (MSRP: $210, $89.98).

Here is what Pricepoint has to say about the shoe:

The new Sette Elite Carbon Road Shoes with their ultrastrong and ultralight carbon fiber sole providing excellent stiffness and torque transfer. Not to mention the four air vents in the toe and midsole combined with a breathable mesh upper to ensure your feet remain cool and comfortable all day. The Elite Carbon Road Shoes feature a premium fit and support that is provided by a molded heel cup and two hook and loop straps combined with a quality metal ratchet closed tab with quick release for easy adjustments.

I am young, and not rich, so this is a pretty fancy pair of shoes for me. My only other pair was bare-bones compared to the Sette Elite Carbon, so it might take me a while to get used to a better shoe.

The Sette Elite Carbon comes with a 2 strap and 1 ratcheting strap design, allowing for a nice, snug fit – as long as you are not in a hurry to get the shoe on as quickly as possible (it’s the triathlete in me…). The buckle is easy to manage with one hand, both for tightening and loosening, making it easy to get on and off. It also seems to be really sturdy and I am confident it would hold up to the stress of use as an everyday commuting shoe.

The shoe is incredibly comfortable – with no pokes or scratches on the inside – and good looking. There is a neoprene (or something like it) tongue that provides a really snug yet comfortable fit to the top of your foot. I bet this material makes the shoe extremely comfortable in the summer when your feet tend to get hot and sweaty. I could not get a feel for how functional the air vents are during my ride today because it was a “room temperature” kind of day: not hot or not cold. I am confident I will get to evaluate their cold-weather comfort in the weeks ahead and will report back with more detail!

The carbon sole provides a nice stiff “backbone” for a cycling shoe, which is good for optimum power transfer. I honestly don’t notice a HUGE difference in pedal-efficiency between my old, non-carbon shoes and the Sette Elite Carbon, but then again I have only used the shoes once on my flat commute. The winds were too strong today for me to have a desire to do a little sprinting or climbing…


  1. Ghost Rider

    Those are some natty-looking spats, my friend….carbon fiber is just so freakin’ cool!

    Great deal, too — shoes with carbon soles and buckles like that are usually in the $200 range.

  2. Lance

    Man those shoes look trick! I run Settes(non-carbon) for mountain and road. Can’t beat the value. Where else are you going to get a carbon shoe for $89!?

  3. Quinn

    I have wondering about Sette products, some have looked pretty good, the only thing stopping me is the deals (almost EP) I get at my LBS. but I am getting more convinced about Sette.

  4. Mike Myers

    I can’t imagine trying to deal with those slick carbon soles on my stop and go commute. Nor walking into my carpeted office. Seems like a recipe for slip and fall.

  5. Jeff the Veloteer

    Mike, you’ll be happy to know that there is a rubber padded heel and toe piece that elevates the sole so the carbon is never really on the ground. Something I didn’t notice until wearing them, but will certainly cover in a more detailed review of the shoe.

    I have to walk down a carpeted and tile hallway to get to the lockerroom once I dismount my bike. Thankfully, walking in road shoes is awkward to begin with, so you can’t walk fast no matter if you are wearing carbon-soled shoes or not…

  6. knicksdefense

    how are they in terms of sizing? some shoes, like adidas, I’m a 13 when I’m usually a 12 in other brands.

    great review btw, i’m thinking about getting a pair…


  7. Lenser

    I’m looking at getting Euro size 44. I got the Sette Ximo but they were too narrow for my wide feet. What’s the width of the sole for the Elite shoes for size 44?

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