Sidi is the world's bestselling brand of road shoes, and the Genius 5 Pro is the model that sells the most. Its Lorica upper has all the upsides of leather with none of the negatives. Lorica is supple, conforming, highly breathable, and will not stretch. In addition, Lorica is water repellent, highly abrasion resistant, easy to clean, and won't rot or dry out. Sidi combines Lorica with ballistic mesh to give you superb comfort, fit, and ventilation.
The Genius 5 Pro Shoes are made with Sidi's Millennium 3 Carbon Composite sole. Unlike the nylon construction of the Millennium 2 sole, the Millennium 3 is constructed from injected carbon fiber in a nylon matrix. This provides 37% greater stiffness than the Millennium 2, and it's more durable to boot. One other nice detail with the Millennium 3 is its replaceable non-slip heel pad -- great for when you're click-clacking through Starbucks.
Sidi adds a ratcheting buckle so you can micro-adjust strap pressure to ensure that the fit of your upper won't be too loose or too tight. It's mated to a Soft Arch Compression Strap that more evenly spreads the upward stroke pedaling forces across the top of your foot. The buckle provides 4 clicks per uptake along with half-click releases, meaning that you can precisely tension the pressure of the strap. No other system so precisely and so gently provides custom fit. You also get the precision of two High Security Velcro straps per shoe. The Velcro is reinforced with integrated locking teeth to absolutely, positively resist slippage. Combine these straps with a molded plastic heel cup and you end up with unmatched security. Its padded tongue with fit "relievers" is one final small (but important) detail that helps deliver unparalleled comfort.
The Sidi Genius 5 Pro Shoes are available in White and come in most half and full sizes between 38 and 52 European.
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Great upgrade over cheapish entery level shoe's without breaking the bank. Defenitly feel stiffer than cheap shoes, fit is nice, comfortable. The sidi retention system is nice very adjustable and simple. strap's buckles and heel pad are replacable all nice features when you put down alot of miles. Remember contact points are worth not beaing cheap, get good stuff for your feet.
Not the stiffest, not the lightest but super comfortable and very functional. The Italians know how to make shoes! The leather kind of molds to your feet with time. Relatively narrow fit but the leather will stretch. Cant go wrong with this shoe!
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you have a volumous foot with high arch, do not buy. Even so, the tongue has little padding, millenium "carbon"is about as stiff as my specialized sports with a nylon sole I use for spinning and the insert is literally about 3 sheets of paper thick. Sidi makes good shoes but they won't give it to you for under 350 bucks. There are better shoes out there for this price point.
Sidis are high quality shoes, but, unfortunately, they just don't fit my normal-width, high-volume/high arch, female feet. I had read that the heel cup on the narrow men's Sidis was the same as on the women's shoe, which doesn't have enough room for my foot. The Sidi USA website said the men's narrow was better than the women's for a high-volume foot. But they still didn't work for me. A regular men's is too floppy in the heel. Boo-hoo.
I've been using the Sidi shoes for about a month now. They are great. Very stiff and fit well, plus the ratchet and straps allow me to adjust on the ride. My only complaint is the insert padding. I swapped out some new inserts to cushion my foot a little more. Otherwise, no issues! I ordered 43 and they fit well. I didn't have to adjust the size from my other bike shoes.
I just ordered a pair of these and really like these shoes. I originally got the size 43, which is my size for some shoes including my ski boots but they fit were a little big with some heel slip. I went into a local shop and tried on a pair of the 43's and 42.5 and in the store the 43s felt like the ones I needed as the 42.5's came right up on my toe. When I riding, the 43 had extra space and felt soupy. When getting road shoes, your foot actually slips back into the heel cup so toe space when trying on like normal shoes (i.e. standing and walking a bit) don't worry about the toe space. When in doubt, go for the 0.5 size smaller for the snug fit that you'll really want when your riding. I wrote them once and returned them; I emailed the dudes at realcyclist and they shipped out an order that day for the 42.5 for a swap. Great customer service, which is esp great when trying to order shoes online. These shoes are amazing; very much recommend them to anyone. I was wondering if the upgrade to the Ergos would be worth it, primarily for the heel tension mechanism, but once I got the right size these shoes fit exactly like you want them to when your riding. Usually my feet get a little tingly when I ride and i thought that was something that I'd just have to deal with; my first ride with these shoes my feet were warm and without numbness. Proves that having smartly fit and nice riding shoes are worth it.
Great shoe. Fits well. Adjustments are precise and easy to use. Sole is very rigid for power transfer. I have three pairs of Genius 5 Pro (two pairs in black and this pair is white). I punish shoes in double-century events, many of which are in the rain with the shoes unprotected from mud, grit, road grime, etc. They stand up to the abuse. They are on the expensive side but my experience is that they are worth it.
I buy regular shoes in 3E or 4E widths and searched extensively for a shoe wide enough for me. When I first tried on the Sidi Pro 5 'mega' I couldn't believe how perfect they fit. In the first 5 seconds of having them on my decision was made, no need to look further. The shoes are very comfortable, well made and are holding up well. If you have very wide feet you owe it to yourself to find a shop with these shoes and try them on. Highly recommended
There's SIDI bike shoes and then there's all the rest. After accidentally throwing my previous SIDI shoes away, I didn't hesitate once to pony up the money for a replacement pair. Simply the best shoes to own if you're a serious cyclist.