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How much do new Sidi's stretch?(6 posts)

How much do new Sidi's stretch?speedisgood
Apr 10, 2002 7:47 AM
Considering the Energy 2's or Genius 4's. I tried the 43's and they fit just right in the shop. My question is: should I buy a 42.5 expecting the shoe to stretch a little or just go with the 43's cuz the shoe won't stretch at all?

Side note: which shoe is better overall for fit and durability? I'm wondering about those fancy twisty buckles breaking at some point vs. velcro that just plain wears out.

Thanks all for contributing input in my spending frenzy!
they dont stretch much....(nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 10, 2002 8:06 AM
Very little, unless...Steve Davis
Apr 10, 2002 8:51 AM
I have a very long and narrow foot and find that the right length shoe for me is just too wide (even with Sidi). My solution has been to buy the size 49 and use a special shoe stetching device after I have heated up the shoe. There are two ways to do this. One way is to use a hair dryer, the other way is to put it in the oven at 300 degrees for 4 or 5 minutes. The heat seems to soften the nylon and Lorica allowing the stretch to take place. It also seems to hold the stretch just fine.
similar issuetarwheel
Apr 11, 2002 7:41 AM
I have some Sidi G3s and I believe they have stretched over time. My feet are also long and narrow, compounded by having no arches. To get the proper fit, I have to use shoe inserts. Even with the inserts, I have to tighten the ratchet almost all the way to the end. I have worn the shoes since last summer, and have to ratchet them down a little more than when they were new -- which indicates they have stretched a little but not too much. Great shoes, by the way.
similar issueSteve Davis
Apr 11, 2002 10:36 AM
Me too. I helped fix the problem by sticking a pad underneath the tongue of the shoe. I bought the pads from a local cobbler and it works well.

BTW, Sidi now makes a narrow model just like the Mega they make for wide feet. Colorado Cyclist carries them up to size 52, I think.
re: How much do new Sidi's stretch?ALBikeGuy
Apr 10, 2002 9:43 AM
IMO, I would buy the shoe size that fits you the best now. I have not experience any noticable strech.

I have the Energy's and like them a lot. If the Techno buckles break on the energy you can replace them (big plus in my book), if the velcro wears out, I'm not sure how easy it would be to replace.

One of the things I like about Sidi is the fact that many of the parts of the shoes can be replaced and in some cases upgraded.

I purchased my shoes from saddlesore, so the price of the Energy's was less than the price of the Genius 3 locally.