Sidi is one of the most iconic, prestigious and legendary shoe
brands in the cycling world, a familiar sight on the feet of Grand Tour
winners over the years, most recently with Egan Bernal in the 2019 Tour
Founded in 1960, Sidi has an enviable reputation for
the durability of its cycling shoes
Being Italian, Sidi cycling shoes are usually made on a
fairly narrow last. If you need them wider, look out for 'Mega' fit
More expensive shoes include features like adjustable
heel cups and multiple dials
RRP of the nominal base model Alba 2 shoes is £150, but
there are plenty of Genius 7s around for under £100
Sidi was founded in 1960 by Dino Signori, who even now in his 80s is
still at the helm of the brand he built into a world leader. The company’s
history is one of innovation, from the first adjustable cleat to the
introduction of nylon soled shoes, and the first use of velcro straps.
All Sidi cycling shoes are still designed, developed and manufactured in
Italy. Building a shoe is a complex task and one that isn’t easily
automated by robots and machines. Skills are passed down through the
generations. Quality is paramount to the Italian company.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes this summer your eye
might be drawn to the Sidi website, but where to start? To help you out
here is an overview of the current range.
The latest in the ever-popular Genius line replaces the previous
version's ratchet buckles and Velcro straps with the Tecno - 3 dials found
on Sidi's more expensive shoes. The carbon fibre sole has a replaceable
heel pad and the top dial pulls closed a strap that Sidi calls the Soft
Instep Closure System, with an EVA pad over the top of your foot to apply
Sidi's latest top-end shoes mark the company's 60 years in the shoemaking
business and demonstrate the continued evolution of the company's high-end
shoes. The microfibre uppers are built on the Vent carbon fibre sole used
for the Wire 2, but they're closed by a new dial, dubbed Tecno-4, at the
top of the foot, with a Velcro strap down by the toes. That Velcro strap
hides a set of clever plastic teeth that lock it closed and take the load
to prolong the life of the Velcro.
The Sixty will be available in January in four colours: red, black, white
Sidi's latest version of the Wire has a pair of Tecno 3 buckles, like the
original Wires, but the second buckle has been moved from the side of the
shoe to the top. Like other shoemakers' Boa closures, the Tecno 3 buckles
use a thin wire to pull the shoe together, providing fine-tuning of the
tension across the upper without the faff of laces.
The Wire 2 has Sidi's Vent carbon fibre sole, as you'd expect from a
top-end shoe, with replaceable toe and heel pads and the adjustable vent
that gives it its name. Like the Shot it has an adjustable heel cup so you
can firmly secure your foot for big efforts on hills or sprints.
While all Sidi cycling shoes come with a regular three-hole cleat setup,
Wire 2 Carbon SP has a sole designed specifically for Speedplay
cleats, avoiding the necessity for adapters.
The Sidi Shot was the flagship shoe until recently, developed with help
from Chris Froome who wore a prototype pair to victory in the Tour last
year and production versions in his subsequent victories in the Vuelta and
the Giro d'Italia.
Key to the design is a centrally positioned double Tecno-3 Push retention
system to provide better aerodynamics and comfort. The full carbon fibre
sole has a sliding vent, the heel retention system is adjustable and now
features a reflector for added visibility, and the heel pad and toe guard
The Shot is available in a wide range of colours, including a Team Sky
blue, Bahrain gold and white edition and a fluoro yellow for ultimate
Want more ventilation for summer riding? The
Shot Air has an extensively perforated upper to improve breathability.
The latest generation of the Ergo shoes also has a pair of Tecno 3 dials,
with a Velcro strap at the front. Construction has been simplified
compared to the previous version though: there's no more adjustable heel
grip, and the upper is now one piece of microfibre instead of the previous
mixture of microfibre and mesh for a much tidier and more modern-looking
The Ergo 5 retains the previous generation's Twelve Carbon Composite
The top-end shoe of a few years ago, the Sidi Wire uses the same carbon
fibre sole as the Shot and essentially the same upper, but uses two Tecno
3 Push Buckles mounted on the side of the shoe, the upper one pulling a
large strap over the top of the shoe.
For hot weather cycling, the Sidi Wire Carbon Air uses a perforated upper
for extra ventilation when the temperature rises.
Zero Gore sounds like the most boring horror film ever, but it's actually
Sidi's warm and waterproof winter road shoe. It has Sidi's Millennium 5
composite sole in carbon fibre-reinforced nylon with mounts for
Look/SPD-SL three-bolt cleats and anti-slip pads at the heel and toe. The
mesh and microfibre upper has a Gore-Tex liner to keep out the wet and
Sidi's Tecno-3 dial closure along with Velcro straps to snug it round your
The Genius uses the Millennium 4 Carbon Composite sole but features a
retention system comprising two velcro straps and an adjustable ratchet
buckle at the top of the shoe. The upper is made with microtech mesh
sections to improve ventilation and replaceable anti-slip heel pads are
used on the sole.
The Genius 7 is also available in a Mega version, which is slightly wider
than the standard shoe.
Sidi's latest entry-level shoe packs a Tecno-3 dial buckle to pull its
Politex upper firmly closed around your foot, with a couple of Velcro
straps to complete the task. It has the same Millennium 4 Carbon Composite
sole as more expensive models, with mounts for three-bolt cleats and a
replaceable polyurethane heel pad to make walking slightly less awkward.
There you go, the Sidi cycling shoes range in full. Hopefully, that
guides you through the various options and price points helping you to
make an informed buying decision. You can see the full range, including
all the colour options, over at www.sidi.com
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.