This is my first cleated shoe. So, my impressions may differ from those more experienced than I am. Looking around at all the shoes on the market, Sidi seem to be the best made and sturdy looking, and Western Bike Works had a sale on these, making them the same price as the Genius 5, so I went for it. I have been very happy so far.
I have them in size 47, which fit my size 13 (Nike) feet quite snugly and don't move around at all. I replaced the original insole with a Dr Sholl's gel insole, and that has fixed my left foot falling asleep, so that's good - my left foot is smaller than my right foot, so I was probably over-tightening the straps.
As I said above, my right foot is a 47, and my left foot measures 45.5 on the Sidi Brannock device at my LBS (As I waited 40 minutes while no one helped me in the empty shop, lol). The Sidi Five in 47 fit my right foot perfectly, like a glove - so, it's very nice to find a manufacturer who makes their shoes precisely to the Brannock scale, which makes ordering online much less stressful. The left foot, being a size and a half smaller, fit a bit looser, but as I said above, a new insole (in both shoes) solved that.
The only thing is that with my SPD-SL cleats, the left cleat is positioned back as far as it will go, and I'm still not sure it's optimal, though during a bike fit, the guy said it was pretty close. Good enough for me right now, to say the least, as I'm just starting.
The cleats slip a lot on the carbon sole, but some 3M Safety Walk grip tape (the black outside kind) cut to the shape of the contact area of the cleat and affixed to the sole solved that problem nicely - from what I can tell, Sidi includes the 3M Safety Walk tape with it's more expensive, full-carbon soles, but not with the Five evidently. Weird. Anyhow, it's $5 a roll at Home Depot, so no worries.
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