Cafe du Cycliste Road Shoes review - stylish and stiff, but really quite narrow

On the whole, it's a good first foray into road shoes from Cafe du Cycliste - but they aren't the lightest and they are quite narrow

Cafe du Cycliste Road Shoes
(Image credit: Andy Turner)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cafe du Cycliste Road Shoes are, for a first foray into road cycling shoes, a decent pair. The performance is very good with no heat build-up and great stiffness, and they look superb. However, they are not the lightest lace up shoes - even at this price point. They best fit lower volume and narrower feet.

Reasons to buy
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    Very stylish

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    Non-slip heel

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    Easy to clean

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    Stiff carbon sole

Reasons to avoid
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    Low volume shoe

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    Tight on the sides of the front of the feet

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    Not the lightest

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Cafe du Cycliste is a French company conceived on the Cote d'Azur in 2009. Their brand is centered around exploration by bike, be that on road or off-road. 

They have a wide range of on-bike and off-bike products -including items such as cycling specific button shirts to combine style and function - and this year they’ve stepped into producing cycling footwear. How does their first foray stack up against the best cycling shoes on the market? We slipped on a pair to find out...

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