Sante means health in French. The appropriately named Giro Sante Road Bike Shoe is a healthy women’s road cycling shoe for an “Obamacare,” or affordable price. Some of the Giro Sante’s healthiest features include its breathability, lightness, synthetic material, comfort and appearance, so we give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Giro Design From Head to Toe
Giro has been designing arguably the best cycling helmets since 1985 near Santa Cruz, California. Recently, they started making cycling shoes and the same high-quality and fabulous design is adhered to in the shoe line as in the helmet line, so they can cover you from head to toe.
The first thing I noticed about the Giro Sante was its attractiveness. White with gold and silver accents and minimalist design, it caught my attention. Surprised by its relatively modest price for such a fine looking shoe, I took in the other features like its low weight: 230 grams (size 39), three-velcro strap closure system and stiff sole and quickly snapped it up online.
The comfort was immediately evident on my first ride. A particularly hot day, I took ’em for a spin and didn’t have hot feet like usual, probably due to the breathable mesh in between the synthetic leather. The insole has an EVA footbed with Aegis™ anti-microbial treatment, which helps reduce stinkiness, especially during hot weather.
Suggestion for Improvement for the Giro Sante Road Bike Shoe
One tiny thing that Giro could improve on the Sante cycling shoe is shaving the tongue off a bit. If you’re like me and ride without socks in the warm weather, the tongue can get in the way of the place where the top of your foot meets your ankle. It rubs a little bit, but may mellow out with more use.
It’s probably not too worrisome for most people since they probably wear socks while cycling, but for me and most likely some triathletes out there, the tongue could be shortened or folded over and sewn down. Just a thought to make it even “healthier.”
- Upper: High-quality, breathable synthetic fiber. Classic 3-strap closure
- Outsole: Injected nylon
- Footbed: Molded EVA footbed with medium arch support. Aegis® anti-microbial treatment
- Weight: 230 grams (size 39)