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Green Tuesday: Simple Shoes EcoS

Simple shoes sent us a pair of their EcoS EcoSneaks shoes to feature on the site. If you are not familiar with Simple, here’s what they are all about :

With all the over-built, over-hyped products out there, it’s pretty hard to ?nd sustainable shoes that you can live with. So we started Simple, your stereotypical, anti-stereotype brand offering good shoes and a big dose of reality.

About a gazillion pairs later… give or take a few… we’ve managed to learn a few things. Well, actually a lot of things. And none more important than this: HOW we make our shoes is just as important as WHY we make them. That means finding more sustainable ways of doing business so we can make a gazillion more.

Which pretty much is where we are today… at the crossroads of here and now, aware of our responsibility to the planet while trying to pay the bills. The nice little shoe company getting in touch with its inner hippie.

They use bamboo, organic cotton, recycle car and bike tires, hemp and other environment friendly materials.

Check out the specs of the EcoS EcoSneaks:

# The men’s ecoS contains no animal byproducts or even regular animal products. This shoe is vegan friendly and veggie friendly.
# Hemp uppers
# Yes, the sidewall of the ecoS is made from a recycled bike tire
# Organic cotton linings
# Recycled PET (that’s recycled plastic bottles) laces
# PET pedbeds
# Yes, that outsole used to be a car tire
# 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms

I’ve been showing off the shoes to people, some liked the style, some didn’t care for it, but once I told them that the shoes are made out recycled materials, they all were surprised on how good they look. Since I’m used to wearing Vans, these shoes have the same feel, they have the flat sole and there’s no air cushions or gels or any of that over hyped ‘hi-tech’ stuff. I find them very comfortable to wear and to ride with.

Prices are reasonable as well, they range from $60 to $90 and they have lots of styles for men, women and children.

Check out for more information.

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…