Few brands exude quite the Italian style and performance as the shoe brand Sidi. It continues to impress us with its technical designs and materials that help improve the fit and comfort as well as boosting stiffness while dropping grams. And who wouldn't be more excited about the Giro than a brand that can call it a home race and is familiar with its rich history? As the official shoe for the 2018 Giro, Sidi produces the limited edition Men's Shot Giro D'Italia Cycling Shoe that takes the venerable last, sole, and dual center-mounted wire dials of the Shot and finishes it in a stunning Matte Grey colorway with Pink accents. Crafted with Sidi's unwavering attention to detail and the ability to service with replaceable parts, these special Shots are sure to last you many seasons and always get you excited for what's arguably the most exciting and beautiful of the Grand Tours.
The Shot represents the first and only shoe in Sidi's road lineup that utilizes the symmetrical closure system of two central dials rather than dials offset on the outside of the foot. The advantage of this design is that it pulls the Microfibra Techpro upper from both sides of your foot for an improved fit over simply pulling the material over the top from the instep. This new closure system provides a clean aesthetic that only adds to the Giro limited edition livery, increases the aerodynamics, keeps them more out of harm's way in a crash, and makes on-the-bike adjustments quicker and easier. No buckles or hoop-and-loop straps create a minimal silhouette and fewer transitional ridges to catch the air and slow you down.
The buckles employ a Sidi proprietary dial and not a third-party model used by most shoe manufacturers. Typically, we'd have our reservations about brands substituting proven tech with something new just for the sake of newness, but this is Sidi and a brand that is the shoemaker to more pros than other brands so the Tecno-3 Push dials aren't some far-fetched copy, it’s the real deal. Sidi first placed dials on shoes back in the late '90s, long before the industry was on board and we now find it commonplace from almost every brand. The Tecno-3 Push is the latest generation of the brand's wire buckle which receives the inclusion of a red release button. The upper dial handles the tension across the top of the foot while the lower dial pulls on two sets of bases securing both the middle and forefoot.
Perhaps what keeps many serious cyclists coming back to Sidi, if they ever strayed, is its refined fit which supplies a snug, yet comfortable grasp that keeps pedaling efficient for hours on end. An external Adjustable Heel Retention Device lets you further dial in the fit and adjusts the fit to both wide and narrow ankles and the Reinforced Heel ensures that the fit remains the same over the life of the shoe. Where all your watts meet the pedals, the Vent Carbon sole is stiff enough to please any sprinter and its closeable vent offers cooling airflow in the summer or keeping out winter base mile chills. As with most of Sidi's top-end offerings, the carbon is protected by low-profile polyurethane toe and heel pads that are replaceable so the shoes last for many seasons. The sole is finished off with a grippy coating where the cleat is mounted as well as a fourth hole for using Look’s cleat minder tab to help replicate new cleat's positions.
- Giro inspired shoe from cycling's most venerable shoe brand
- Carbon Sole ensures low weight and high stiffness
- Center-mounted wire buckles secure the upper to the foot
- Proprietary dial technology first pioneered in the '90s
- Heel cup and retention band prevent slipping
- The vented sole can be opened or closed for all-season comfort
- Replaceable hardware makes the shoes an investment
- The Giro livery will live on long after the race is over