I need a new pair of bike shoes to replace the pair that are pinching my toes. I want recessed cleats and straps (not laces).
I was warned: DO NOT TRY ON THE SIDI SHOES.
So while at the LBS yesterday, I tried to avoid looking at the Sidis as I would a solar eclipse. They were on one side of the shoe display, and the "other brand" was on the other side. Trouble is, the bench for trying on the shoes faces the Sidis, just inches away. How could I not look?
I tried on 3 pair of "other brand" MTBs which were OK, but not right for me (either too stiff for my feet, or I just didn't like the style or color).
So Hubby says "Try on a pair of the Sidis just for the sake of comparision."
I tried the Sidi Dominator 5.
The upper construction is soft and feels lovely on my feet. Since I wear running shoes almost every day, and they have soft uppers and rigid soles, I believe my feet are accustomed to that type of shoe and will rebel in a shoe with rigid upper construction.
I've already searched the forums and read many positive comments about this and other Sidi shoes. I also found one comment saying that the toe box in the Dominators is a little tight, and a wide size only means the shoe is wide everywhere. (I don't have wide feet.... at least, I never did!) I've also seen comments from reviewers who say that Sidis are the last shoe they tried and they will never go to another shoe because of the overall comfort that Sidis provide.
That's music to my ears, and if they were just a bit less expensive I would have bought them yesterday.
I spend $100.00 for my Asics running shoes because they fit and feel like they were made for my feet, and my orthotics fit inside, and no other shoe of this type that I've tried feels as good. With my foot issues, I am willing to spend a little more if necessary..... but only if there isn't another choice that feels as good, wears as long, and costs less.