It's hard to overstate the reputation Sidi shoes have earned over the past few decades, earning a cult-like following throughout the peloton and amongst self-sponsored cyclists alike. Built with extra circulation-saving space to free your toes from the confines of regular-width shoes, the Genius Fit Carbon Mega Shoe is the stuff of dreams for wide-hoofed cyclist. Stock up on a few pairs of these to keep cramped toes and pressure points a thing of the past on your road rides.
The Genius Fit Carbon closes with Sidi's beloved ratcheting buckle system and two hook-and-loop straps, giving you freedom to make minute adjustments along your instep and working with a plush Soft Arch Compression Strap to prevent numbness and pressure from interrupting your pedal stroke. Sidi uppers are known for being some of the toughest of all, so throw any amount of rain, humidity, and road grit at the Technomicro synthetic uppers and be prepared to wait years before you see any significant signs of wear. Sidi balances their durability with well-placed mesh vents along the uppers, which prevent the inside of the shoe from resembling the walls of a greenhouse during hot rides. Finally, Sidi rounds out the Genius Fit with its Millennium 4 Carbon Composite outsole. The rigid platform will energetically deliver power from your legs to your frame, refusing to flex even when you're throwing watts onto the pedals at the end of a climb.
- Millennium 4 Carbon Composite outsole
- 1 ratcheting buckle and 2 hook-and-loop strap closure
- Technomicro synthetic uppers with mesh venting
- Wide fit
- Item #SID007X
- Q & A
Dedicated Sidi wearer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 43 Mega
I've worn Sidi Genius Mega shoes almost exclusively for the past 15+ years. Prior to that? I wore Sidi Genius regular fit shoes ... essentially, I've been wearing Genius shoes since the original buckle, the original sole, and since they only had one Velcro strap. I don't think it gets much more dedicated than that.
Light, stiff, and form fitting, no shoe has ever fit my feet as well, which is why I keep replacing older Genius shoes with newer ones.
My only quibble? The insoles are almost nonexistent. As I've gotten older and my arches have collapsed, I need more a little more underfoot support inside the shoe, so I've had to start using aftermarket insoles.
That said, I've still never found another shoe with an upper that better conforms to the shape of my feet or that cups my heel as well with no slip. Since the way a cycling shoe's upper fits is just as important what's underfoot, it's going to take something amazing to convince me to change.
Wide Sidi shoes
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 42 wide
For someone with EE wide feet wide shoes are very appropriate for me and these work perfectly, especially after rides of longer than 2 hours.