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Sidi shoes question(13 posts)

Sidi shoes questionRio City Rider
Jun 24, 2002 9:49 AM
Hi all --

I need a bit of advice regarding my Sidi shoes.....I have had them for a couple months and have put in about 700 miles in them but feel as though the shoes cant outward -- I believe in running this is referred to as pronating. Has anyone else noticed this??

Or is it in my set-up?? I am using the shoes with Speedplay pedals with the proper adapters (not sure if I perhaps should have used the additional smaller shim as well).

Didn't have the same sense with my old shoes -- Nike -- which were also used with the same Speedplay pedals.

Thanks in advance for any advice and comments!

re: Sidi shoes questionSnowBlind
Jun 24, 2002 10:01 AM
Replace the stock (crappy) insert with a quality insert. I use Petersons, but what ever you like.
re: Sidi shoes questionNo_sprint
Jun 24, 2002 10:04 AM
Nothing like that here. Could be your pedals, I've never used Speedplays, so I don't know. I've been riding Sidi and Look only for years and years now. Perfect setup in my opinion.
I think new (good) inserts are your answer, as well. nmJBurton
Jun 24, 2002 10:08 AM
re: Sidi shoes questionJekyll
Jun 24, 2002 10:09 AM
Probably just the difference in the insole in your new shoes. Like someone said above - try a different foot bed. I don't think that this is a problem with the set up - at least not in my case: I am riding Sidi Energy's with X1's and the combo works beautifully.
Similar Problem with the same pedals...miposy
Jun 24, 2002 11:56 AM

I also have speedplays, and have the same problem. I have Sidi Energys, and oddly, only the left foot pronates. I have no problems whatsoever on the right side.

If I make sure to keep my right knee close to the top tube when pedaling I don't notice the problem as much, but I can still rock my left foot left to right on the pedal.

It is irritating to me, but I have learned to live with it and it hasn't caused any actual pain, even on centuries. I honestly don't know if this is related to the shoes, the pedals, or both.

With all due respect, I don't think the problem is the crappy insoles Sidi uses, even though I agree they are embarassingly shitty relative to how great I think the shoes are. It might be the inserts used to mount the speedplay adapters, but then again I only have the problem on the left.

Maybe it's my screwed up left knee? The thing is numb all the time anyway, so maybe I would be feeling pain in it if I could.

Sorry there is no actual good advice here, but I am positive that this problem is with the shoes and/or pedals, rather than with you.
re: Sidi shoes questionmaximum15
Jun 24, 2002 2:25 PM
I have Genius 4 and X2 pedals, but have not noticed this type of problem. If you didn't have the proper shims installed, I would think you couldn't unclip from the speedplay pedals (learned this the hard way). Sorry I can't be of any help on this one, but please let un know if you discover anything.
Jun 24, 2002 3:52 PM
is making sure the shims are properly installed....I have 4 pair of Sidi's w/X2 Speedplays on 3 and ATACs on the problems here.
the inserts are meant to be replaced...TPC
Jun 24, 2002 5:37 PM
I was trying on sidi shoes at a local shop and the sidi sales rep happened to be there at the same time. He said they intentionally put in cheap inserts with the expectation that people will buy their own inserts that meet their particular needs/preferences.
Jun 24, 2002 9:01 PM
If the inserts are so bad then why have mine lasted three years and over ten thousand miles and still look and feel good?

I think the shoes have a couple more years left, but I'll probably get new ones before then just for the sake of having nice equipment.

My Speedplay cleats mount without shims, just the standard adaptor plate.
Jun 24, 2002 10:07 PM
I've replaced the factory insoles on every pair of Sidis I've owned, as has everyone I know who has owned a pair of Sidis. I thought the original insoles were put there just so you could get in a ride or two before you received your mail-order insoles or got down to the shop for a pair. ;-)
Thanks to all & Follow-upRio City Rider
Jun 24, 2002 9:04 PM
Thanks for the responses.....I will look into some new inserts and see how that handles things.

Any suggestions for inserts??

Thanks again!
Peterson Powerbed insertsTig
Jun 25, 2002 5:17 AM
I recently bought a pair of these. They are designed to conform to your foot's shape after a few days. I put them in my Sidi's but they were just a bit too thick to feel comfortable since they hadn't conformed yet. I put them in my running shoes that I wear everyday to speed up the shaping/compressing process and they now feel better in the Sidi's. The pressure it takes to change the bed shape just isn't there while cycling. It will take a few more rides before I can honestly say they have any advantages in comfort or performance.