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Q: Sidi shoes...(5 posts)

Q: Sidi shoes...b i k e r
Jul 9, 2001 5:48 PM

i was looking at the sidi genius 3 and i'm somewhere in between a 44.5 and a 45. the 45 slips a little in the heel and the 44.5 (and the 45 to some extent) both rub a little bit on my big toe. it's not bad, but i wanted to know if anyone has any experiences with these shoes and has a feel for how they should fit. will they stretch? should they be snug or loose in the toes? is a little heel slip a big deal?

the lbs' that i went to weren't much help - they offered conflicting advice; one said they should be snug and the other said they should be almost a half size bigger than your street shoe. ;-(

re: Q: Sidi shoes...DINOSAUR
Jul 9, 2001 6:06 PM
My experience with shoes is; if they don't fit like a glove when you first try them on, they will give you trouble. Forget brand names and just try on a bunch until you find a pair that feel good. Sidi run on the narrow side. I've had good luck with Northwave's, but that's just me. IMHO I like a little room in the toes, too snug can mean major problems when you are out for a long ride. Little things become BIG problems. I like mine a tad on the loose side, and I can cinch up the difference with the velcro straps. The thickness of your socks will make a difference also. Try on shoes with the socks you intend to ride with.
shouldn't rub your toes...C-40
Jul 9, 2001 6:25 PM
I've been using genius 3's for the the last four seasons. They fit me like a glove. IMO, they should be sized like any other shoe, with enough room for your toes to move. I've never noticed them stretching a bit. Be sure that the store wasn't trying the mega (wide) version on you.

With two velcro straps and the adjustable buckle, I'm suprised that they could be short, but still have heel slip. If tightening the buckle doesn't stop the slip, perhaps you have narrow feet, at least in the heel. My wife has this problem with all types of shoes. She buys foam rubber heel inserts that are shaped to wrap around and tighten the heel area. If you can't find a brand the fits any better this may help.
re: Q: Sidi shoes...graham22
Jul 9, 2001 6:40 PM
Find a pair that fits well then spend a few more bucks on a pair of custom foot beds. A ski shop will make these for $50 to $70 and will be happy for the business in the summer. Later you can put them in your ski boots too. If you have narrow feet, (thank the Europeon genes in ya), this is a must if using an "American sized" shoe. This was one of the best expenditures I ever made.
re: Q: Sidi shoes...DCW
Jul 10, 2001 5:35 AM
My son has size 44, I have 45 (with Superfeet) in Genius 3. I can wear both with no problem on shorter rides, but I much prefer my larger ones for longer rides. My feet swell and lengthen (!) a little as I ride so if the shoe feels perfect when I first put it on it will bind later into the ride. The straps help, but extra room in the toe box is essential. Mine may be an idiosyncratic problem, but if you share it, go for the larger shoe.