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Sidi's...are they just hype?(20 posts)

Sidi's...are they just hype?The Great Satchmo
Sep 4, 2001 12:07 PM
Looking into a road pedal shoe combo. I am currently running some SPDs w/ my mtb shoes. I am pretty sold on LOOKs, but am curious about Sidi shoes. I know I should try them to find out, but to me, at first glance they don't look really well made, cheap looking in fact. Are they worth the prices I see on these things (Genius 3 seeming to be the most popular). Thanks
Worth every pennyMike
Sep 4, 2001 12:11 PM
As you no doubt know, comfortable shoes are very important. In my experience, Sidi shoes are very comfortable and last forever. I've owned four pairs over the years and couldn't be happeier with them. If you're looking for a deal on Sidis, try
Sep 4, 2001 1:22 PM
Genius 3's run about $101 plus shipping from I managed to get them from ProBikeKit for less, but they sold out.

I love them. They are the second pair of Sidi road shoes I've used and will stick with them. Great fit and comfort. The buckles are a little cheap like someone said. The pivot pins like to slide out a little when the buckles are loosened and the shoes are not being worn.
great shoeJack S
Sep 4, 2001 12:23 PM
I've had Revolutions/Geniuses for 20 years. My only gripes are that they changed the sizing a bit with the latest modification, the new buckle seems cheap compared to the old one, and the newer Genius sole doesn't seem to be as stiff. G3s are actually alot less expensive than some other brands (Carnac). Sidis are top notch in quality, and custom make shoes for many in the pro peloton (rebadged!). But it's the fit that counts... if they don't fit you well they are not worth it even if free.
G4sJack S
Sep 5, 2001 5:33 AM
I mentioned the new Genius 4 model awhile back. Saw some and the only difference is the buckle and straps (and colors). Still cheaper than Carnac and Time.
re: Sidi's...are they just hype?Ian
Sep 4, 2001 12:36 PM
About a year ago when I was working in a shop I started looking for a new pair of road shoes. These would re-place a pair of 4 year old Shimano's, my first and only pair of road shoes. Price was no object, I just wanted the most comfortable shoes I could find. My shop carried Specialized, so I tried those. Went to other shops and tried Carnac, Diadora, Northwave and Shimano. Some of the shoes were nice, but nothing grabbed me. No one in my town had a good stock of Sidi, but I had a trip scheduled and visited a Sidi dealer while I was out of town. I went into his shop and slipped on a pair of Energy's. WOW! It was like a slipper, easily the most comfortable shoe I had ever had on my feet.

But, as another said, that is no guaratee they will fit you. Others have mentioned good deals via mail order, but you can't try them that way. Go to your LBS, try them on and buy them there. That is the only way you are going to find yourself with the perfect shoe.
re: Sidi's...are they just hype?NH
Sep 4, 2001 1:14 PM
I have used both mtb and road version of Sidis and I love them both. They hold up well and fit my feet. However, I recently bought some Shimano 220s. They are mountain shoes but way stiff. Stiff enough to make a great road shoe. Currently these are my favorites on and off road. Good luck.
re: Sidi's...are they just hype?Indiana Rider
Sep 4, 2001 1:16 PM
I have had specialized, Nike and Sidi's....The Sidi's are hands down the best I have tried. BTW...Look pedals
I hope you guys are right!look271
Sep 4, 2001 1:51 PM
I just ordered a pair of G3's from I finally figured out what was hurting my foot in my Nikes-a rectangular section (above the cleats) pushed through and it was just under the ball of my left foot. Can you say"pain?" Can't wait 'till the Sidi's get here. I'm using my old Shimanos for now.
Worth it...w/SpeedplayCAdreamin
Sep 4, 2001 1:27 PM
Just bought my first pair, and went riding his weekend-with Speedplay pedals. The combo is amazing! I has heard so many stories about getting used to the clipless system, and envisioned myself falling , etc. They are very comfortable!
I posted last week asking about Look vs. Speedplay, and while they both seem good, it seemed almost no one had complaints about Speedplay-including me!
Worth it...w/SpeedplayTig
Sep 4, 2001 2:52 PM
Yep, the Sidi/Speedplay combo works like magic for my feet and knees. Sometimes the float feels a bit much, but it hasn't been a problem.
I love my Sidi's12x23
Sep 4, 2001 4:34 PM
I am on my third pair since 1993. I bought the third pair last year on sale so I could break them in over the winter and reserve the second pair for crappy weather. The upper fits better with wear but doesn't stretch. As much as I like Sidi's I would never suggest them to someone without first trying them on. Shoes are too much like saddles.
re: You gotta try them...El
Sep 4, 2001 5:01 PM
After riding half a year with my TIME ATACS and Northwave combo, I finally settled with SIDI G3's and LOOK 296's. I tried a number of shoes. In the end it came down to Carnac Ellipse vs the G3's. They both felt really comfortable, but $230 for the Carnac's was a bit too much cash.

I went with the G3's and can honestly say they were the best for my dogs and wallet. Mine are silver and aside from looking sharp they feel and fit like a glove. BTW, I paid $130 on sale.

My advise is to take your time and shop wisely. I'd stay away from online purchases, especially shoes. You can't try those on and if something goes wrong, who knows how long till you get them back.

Good Luck
Best ever!!!!!!!coonass
Sep 4, 2001 5:02 PM
Best ever!!!!!!!Buzzkill
Sep 5, 2001 5:07 AM
If you have a wide foot you will definately want to consider the G3. Super comforatable. Most others are just too tight but these are designed for poor saps like myself. Keep that in mind. Comfort is priority one in a shoe.
I got 2K on Sidi Dynamincs & no problems nmjagiger
Sep 4, 2001 6:13 PM
Sidis are the best I have ever used...nmSS_Billy
Sep 4, 2001 7:31 PM
Sep 5, 2001 5:18 AM
If they don't fit your feet correctly, they are worthless.
Do they run large or small, generally, length-wise? (nm)Elefantino
Sep 5, 2001 6:43 AM
Do they run large or small, generally, length-wise? (nm)Dino Signori
Sep 5, 2001 6:47 AM