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(Yet another) Sidi shoe sizing help

Old 02-06-13, 05:10 AM
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(Yet another) Sidi shoe sizing help

Hi,

I'm switching from my SPDs to SPD-SLs and will be buying my first pair of road shoes. I want to spend around 200-250$ and want to get SIDIs. I need the MEGA fit (my feet are 295mm long and 110mm (EE) wide) and that narrows down my choices to Sidi 5 with Carbon sole and Genius 5 with the Millenium 3 sole.

My dilemma is - what MEGA size must I get. Shimano 48 wide fits me well. I went through the size guide here and I find it contradictory. It says Sidi 48 = Shimano 48 and that Sidi 48 = 29cm whereas I remember seeing Shimano 48 = 30.5cm (check here for instance). This is the source of confusion for me.

Can someone throw some light on this? Especially those with Sidi 48s, what's the length of your feet in cm?

Also, where do you get good deals for Sidis? The best deals I found are 10% off or so.

Unfortunately, trying is ruled out. No one stocks shoes here. Neither can I order multiple sizes and return. Works out too expensive to return anything from India. So I have to get the sizing right.

Thanks!

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after bad experiences with shoes that don't fit, i don't believe that you can do this based on just measurements.

you either have to:
- find someplace to try them
- buy them from someplace where you can return them easily
- if you must buy them from some obscure place to save a few bucks, be willing to spend the money to return them.
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Try them on at a local shop.

If you're really a mega moving from a skinnier shoe, you may be able to size down a half size or even a full size for a better fit. I know I did.
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I believe that sidi has a printable size chart for measuring feet.

fwiw, I wear 47 shimano and 47 mega sides. The sides seem to be slightly smaller than the shimano a.
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Try them on at a local shop.

If you're really a mega moving from a skinnier shoe, you may be able to size down a half size or even a full size for a better fit. I know I did.
Can't try them. No shop in the country stocks cycling shoes.

Quite sure I need a mega. The foot length for the size I wanted to get (48 <---> 29cm) is smaller than my actual foot length (29.5cm). Sizing down wouldn't make sense I think.
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Old 02-06-13, 10:51 PM
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After a bit more thought, I decided I should go by the size chart.



My foot length is exactly 29.5 cm and according to the chart I must get the 49. But I'm a little concerned that it might be "too snug". Going 50 is the safer option (at least from a $$ pov) but it'll always be at the back of my mind if 49 would have been better.

If you were in my shoes (bad pun, sorry), would you go 49 or 50?
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BikeBug.com in Austrailia has a good selection of Sidi and decent prices.
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Old 02-07-13, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by abhirama View Post
After a bit more thought, I decided I should go by the size chart.



My foot length is exactly 29.5 cm and according to the chart I must get the 49. But I'm a little concerned that it might be "too snug". Going 50 is the safer option (at least from a $$ pov) but it'll always be at the back of my mind if 49 would have been better.

If you were in my shoes (bad pun, sorry), would you go 49 or 50?
Bump. Your answers will really be appreciated!
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Try them on at a local shop.

If you're really a mega moving from a skinnier shoe, you may be able to size down a half size or even a full size for a better fit. I know I did.
I wore a sidi genius 5 in a size 45 and it was pretty narrow, too narrow. I finally moved to a mega, also in a 45, and I swim in it. I'm now looking for a 44.5 mega, should be perfect. So I'd consider sizing down at least a half size if going to a mega from a known size in a regular sidi.

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If you have big feet do not bother with the SIDI's....I have several pairs and luv them they fit great snug like a dress shoe....However, I have small feet size 9.5 US with a high arch. They fit great but they are not made for big footed fellows....other brands do have more space by design. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
If you have big feet do not bother with the SIDI's....I have several pairs and luv them they fit great snug like a dress shoe....However, I have small feet size 9.5 US with a high arch. They fit great but they are not made for big footed fellows....other brands do have more space by design. Good luck.
Thats where the sidi mega we're talking about comes in. For wide feet. It's a large volume shoe compaired to the regular sidi.
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
after bad experiences with shoes that don't fit, i don't believe that you can do this based on just measurements.

you either have to:
- find someplace to try them
- buy them from someplace where you can return them easily
- if you must buy them from some obscure place to save a few bucks, be willing to spend the money to return them.

I can understand the OPs pain.

No shops stock shoes in India.

We need to order online from abroad.

We pay high shipping.

We pay between 30-50% import duty, depending on the whims of the guy it goes thru at customs.

If it does not fit, we pay high shipping to return, AND we have lost the duty already paid.

It's tough here.
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Abhirama,

I would try someones shoes and then order. Sidi's are uncommon, but Shimano's seem to be common. Find someones which fits, and order the same size. I wear a 45, so that would be small for you I guess.

Edit: I'm in the same dilemma, every time I see some Sidi's at a decent price.
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Bump. Your answers will really be appreciated!
Well, my foot length is exactly 28 and a 46 Sidi fits me perfecly. But I'm a standard D with. If that helps you at all...
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Old 02-08-13, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
Abhirama,

I would try someones shoes and then order. Sidi's are uncommon, but Shimano's seem to be common. Find someones which fits, and order the same size. I wear a 45, so that would be small for you I guess.

Edit: I'm in the same dilemma, every time I see some Sidi's at a decent price.
Thanks for the advice, Deepak. I think the chances that I'll find someone locally with even Shimanos and my feet size are quite slim. So didn't bother trying.

@Clipped_in
Thanks for the info. Any data point with foot length is useful because I hardly came across any.

My email to sidiamerica didn't help either. They said

Thank you for your email. I have looked at the Sidi Café site and I have never seen this style of conversion chart from Sidi. The chart listed on our site is exactly what Sidi Italy has provided to us. Unfortunately I do not have actual foot measurements for size 48, 49 and 50.

On my chart a size 48 Sidi shoe will be the equivalent of a men’s U.S. 13.
Makes me think if the foot length based chart was even official.

I'm awaiting response from their main site, sidisport.com. Will decide what to do once they respond. Really appreciate all the inputs so far.

Btw, some of you may find it useful - bike24 has good prices on SIDIs right now (about 40% off for what I was looking at). The cheapest I could find at least.

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Just wanted to put it down here since it may be useful to someone in the future.

I got the Sidi Genius 5 Wide in 49 and they're way too big for me. Two sizes too big I think. So basically, the foot length based Sidi sizing chart is inaccurate (at least for the Wide versions). Now to the painful process of returning it.
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