I am a long time road rider that rides for the sheer enjoyment and health aspects these days. My first pair of Sidi shoes felt like slippers, but this pair feels like it will take years to break in. The tongue seems too long and cuts into my leg.
Id heard about the quality of Sidi shoes for years from my wife, who worked in the cycling industry. When my old shoes finally gave out after 15 years, it was time to kick it up a notch-the Sidis are super comfortable and offer plenty of support for indoor training. Were covered in snow now, but Ill be so ready to ride with them this spring!
Good shoe but it does I am not thrilled with the fit. Other shoes I have owned have a softer material feel and fit snug like a glove. This shoe's material is rougher and not as comfortable. Also does not tighten up snug and uniformly. Having trouble with one of the buckles and it is very loose, spins around easily and worries me that the screw will let go on a long ride. Screw will not tighten anymore and has an extremely short length where it grips the threads and that has me worried. I know they say it is designed to be flexible and loose but I should not be able to pull it up and down and feel a gap. The other buckle is not like this and my Sidi mountain bike buckles do not do this. I think there is something wrong with it.
I'm on my second pair of Sidi's and the first pair lasted 7 years and the current pair has developed problems after 2.5 years. From my perspective, quality is in decline.
The first sign was how, after just 12 months, the plastic coating across the insignias began to break up, peel, and fall off. Then the replaceable heels, which lasted 5 years on my first pair, also had to be replaced after 12 months. While these lapses in quality are minor, the real problem developed at the start of the third year, when the right shoe seemed to contract, and for the first time I started developing foot pain. I also noticed, around this time, that the tongues of both shoes started to deform, losing their shape, and stretching out.
I thought for sure I would get, say, 4 years out of my second pair. Now, they have become a problem after just 2. 5 years. FWIW, I see this generally across the bike accessory space-quality of everything is in decline, and durabilty has declined. There are exceptions Chrome bags are still bulletproof, for example.
Gonna have to take a big pause here, before buying a third pair of Sidis.
After a crash last year, needed new shoes, bike, helmet, gloves, pants, shirt, glasses, even bottles were broken. These shoes were the right color, size, look and feel, most of all, a solid shoe as I ride a good deal. My foot, leg, hip, shoulder, all hurt. These shoes fit to size I think. Hold me as other SIDI's have done. I do like that it is a bit softer then my crashed shoes, just a bit, I need that. All in all, a great shoes, well made, style, performance you will feel first time out. SIDI makes shoes that last, can take a beaten (car crash), hold up very well.
This is my second pair of Sidi shoes. After 10 yrs riding with my first pair I finally upgraded. Couldn't be happy. True to fit and very comfortable. Like wearing a pair of slippers. Will never buy any other brand shoes than Sidis.
love the stiffness & the adjust-ability of the straps on the fly, wish I'd ordered the 47 instead of the 48 for my US13-D (normal width) feet because the wide toebox has meant I'm really cinching the front & middle straps down tight in order to prevent lateral movement. It's comfortable enough, so given that I wore them for a while to figure that out, I won't return/swap the shoes - maybe when I wear these out in 8-10 years, as other folks suggest, I'll get the next size down. ) Pricey but so far I'm pretty happy!
The quality and durability of Sidi shoes makes them well worth the money.
I have a pair for both mountain and road, and they fit like a glove. My mountain shoes are over 10 years old and still are in great shape!
My last pair of Sidis lasted me almost a decade, I figured time to grab a new pair. I've tried quite a few low to mid-range road shoes and these are hands down the best out there. I love how these shoes expand over time to fit your feet and the super stiff soles. Also, the toe box is fairly wide, which for me prevents foot numbness. I've ridden Giro shoes as well and find the toe box entirely too constricting. The sizing can be a little different for each person (duh), but Sidi suggested I use size 48 for my US 13 feet, but 48 was too big and 47 fit perfectly.
These SIDI shoes were perfect for me. I wear a size 15AA and USUALLY end up with the black wing tips rather than the technical product I'm looking for.. I ordered the 50 and 51's and kept the 50's due to the better fit. Good workmanship and features! Thanks WBW for carrying stuff for us hard to fit folks!