The Scott MTB Elites are magnificently comfortable shoes, with loads of give in the supple synthetic leather upper: twinned with a grippy sole and BOA retention they're a great trail shoe option.
The Scott BOA shoe is built around a wide last that gives you a really relaxed fit with tons of room in the toe, which is nicely curved up for the right riding position. Topping that off is a customisable ErgoLogic insole that lets you alter the amount of arch and metatarsal support via small Velcro-attachable inserts.
There’s a little bit of flex in the sole and the lugs are rubbery and tacky so walking about in the Elites is easy, and there’s even some grip on the centre of the sole to grip if you mis-time the cleat engagement.
Holding the whole thing together is a Boa/Velcro strap combo that secures well and is easy to slip out of — just pull the release loop to ease some slack from the Boa dial. My one point of contention is that the tongue doesn’t provide quite enough cushioning to stop the top of the upper digging into your foot.
Scott is on the verge of making a great shoe with the new Elite BOA: comfortable, lightweight and protective. It just needs to sort that tongue.